It’s normal to be stressed and frightened when you suddenly have to deal with a toothache or dental injury. At Avion Dental & Orthodontics, you have a team of knowledgeable and caring dentists that you can turn to when your oral health takes a turn for the worst. We will make time to see you as soon as possible so we can help you get relief quickly. Make sure you have our contact information handy, so you can call us right away for emergency dentistry in Dallas, TX if there’s a problem with your smile.
Any dental issue that involves persistent oral pain and/or noticeable damage to the teeth or gums can be seen as a warning sign of a dental emergency, be it due to prolonged decay or a sudden accident. Below, you’ll find some tips for dealing with particularly common emergencies. Make sure that you have a fully stocked dental first aid kit so that you’re prepared to deal with these issues at a moment’s notice.
If there’s anything caught between your teeth, remove it with dental floss. Over-the-counter pain medications can be taken while you’re waiting for an appointment, but try to avoid aspirin, as it might cause a burning sensation if it happens to come in direct contact with the tooth or gums.
Call us without delay; there’s not much time to try and replant a lost tooth. It’s important to keep the cells on the root alive for as long as possible; always handle the tooth by the crown, and make sure it stays moist by either putting it back in its socket or storing it in a container of milk.
Some dental damage is more severe than others, so it’s best to have a chipped or broken tooth checked out as soon as possible. Keep the remaining structure safe by using the other side of your mouth to chew. Sometimes swelling will accompany a dental injury, so use an ice pack if you need one.
You can hold a lost crown or filling in place with a dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive until we’re ready to permanently reattach it or give you a new restoration. If the tooth remains exposed, it’ll likely be very sensitive, so try to stay away from hot or cold foods as well as anything that would be difficult to chew.
Think about your daily oral hygiene routine. Are you brushing and flossing at least twice every day? If not, you should start making it a habit to do so right away. You also need to be aware of any potentially harmful behaviors like chewing your fingernails, opening packages with your teeth, and crunching ice. If you grind your teeth at night, ask us for a nightguard; we can also supply mouthguards to keep your smile safe whenever you play sports.
Dental emergencies come in various forms, and the type of treatment one requires will depend on the severity of your pain and the root of the problem. As such, we can only give you an accurate idea of how much your dental emergency will cost once we’ve already examined your smile and determined what treatments are necessary. We’ll work alongside your insurance company to make sure you receive the appropriate benefits. Don’t be afraid to ask about third-party financing or other options that can make your care more affordable.
There are no two dental emergencies that are alike, which is why we need to perform a detailed exam of your mouth before we can confirm which treatment it is you need to get your oral health back to normal. The good news is emergency exams are relatively inexpensive themselves, which is why you should always visit to get peace of mind.
Additionally, the most common treatments we perform to address dental emergencies include the following:
No matter what your needs may be, we’ll always break down our treatment plan with you ahead of time so you know what to expect should you agree to move forward with your care.
Dental emergencies can sometimes be unavoidable, especially if you experience a bad fall that left your tooth damaged. However, most dental emergencies are preventable. For example, people often need emergency care due to an unchecked dental infection that developed due to unremoved decay. With regular at-home care and routine checkups, you can potentially save hundreds if not thousands on dental treatments.
The moment you notice something is wrong with your tooth, whether it’s discomfort, sensitivity, or it just doesn’t look quite right, give our office a call. Remember, costs are only more likely to go up the longer you go without getting the treatment you need. For example, a damaged tooth that only needed a dental crown today could end up needing root canal therapy or even a tooth extraction later.
In a majority of cases, dental insurance plans offer some level of coverage. This includes emergency exams, usually one to two per year. These visits are generally covered 100% by dental plans. However, what often receives only partial coverage is treatment for dental emergencies. Root canal therapy and tooth extractions can be covered anywhere between 80% and 50%, which is why it’s so important to look over your plan’s details ahead of time. Yearly maximums and other factors tend to come into effect when getting coverage for dental emergencies, so look over your plan’s stipulations before committing to treatment.
Even if you don’t have dental insurance, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get affordable treatment from our office. Not only are we happy to accept Medicaid and CHIP, but we’re also more than ready to walk you through the process of using programs like CareCredit. This third-party financing allows you to pay for treatment over the span of several months, usually with little to zero interest attached. We even offer an in-house financing plan should you prefer to work with us directly to budget your care.
Furthermore, you can take advantage of our practice’s membership plan. Not only does this offer discounts on services performed for emergency care, but you don’t have to worry about deductibles, waiting periods, or annual maximums.
No matter how you decide to pay for your care, we’ll always assist you in navigating your costs and build a plan that fits into your finances. Don’t hesitate to call us directly for help or to take care of a dental emergency!