Emergency Dental Care

You can’t predict when an emergency will strike, accidents happen 24 hours a day seven days a week and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.  Dental emergency is a dental condition related to pain, swelling or discomfort that you no longer can handle and must go to dentist for treatment. Emergency dentist are open after hours and on weekends to make sure they can fix all your dental problems even when your regular dentist office is closed. When you have a dental emergency, it’s important to visit your dentist or an emergency room as soon as possible.Before an emergency occurs, find out how to contact your dentist if you need urgent care treatment or treatment after normal office hours. Typically dentist work Monday through Saturday business hours not accommodating to after hour or weekends treatments. If emergency arises and your normal dentist is closed you need to go to the nearest urgent care facility or local emergency dentist that is open.

Accidents That May Require Emergency Dental Care

  • Broken, chipped and knocked out teeth from a variety of sports like football, hockey, basketball and soccer.
  • Emergency root canal
  • Tongue or lip bite with excessive bleeding should be treated with a cold compress immediately to slow swelling, if bleeding continues go to your local emergency dentist.
  • If you have damage braces don’t wait till the next visit call orthodontist for the next available appointment.
  •  Jaw Injury or jaw fracture is more common than is readily apparent. Various types of scenarios can result in a lower jawbone fracture including, a motor vehicle crash, sports injuries, assault, or even a simple fall.
  • Object stuck between teeth try to gently remove it with dental floss. If the object still won’t come out, visit local emergency dentist.
  • Severe tooth pain, rinse out your mouth with warm water and gently floss around the tooth to make sure there is nothing lodged between your teeth. Call your dentist if your toothache does not go away.
  • Dental restorations like dentures, crowns & bridges are broken or lost.

How Can I Relieve Dental Pain While Waiting For An Emergency Dental Appointment? 

It’s recommended to us ibuprofen to help with the pain management while you wait to see your emergency dentist.  This can prevent you from feeling discomfort while your tooth is being treated and at home. You may also want to apply a cold compress or ice pack to the area in order to reduce or prevent swelling.

Will My Insurance Pay For My Dental Emergency? 

Most dental emergency services are covered by dental insurance but some emergency treatments require prior approval. Without approval you will have to pay for those services out of pocket.

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