A day filled with happy smiles can change in an instant. One wrong move during an athletic match or a bite into a hard candy can lead to sudden dental damage that requires immediate care. If you broke an arm, you’d head straight to the emergency room, but what about a broken tooth? Many people don’t think of visiting their dentist for urgent care even after serious tooth damage. If you’re a dental patient of Epic Family Dentistry in Carrollton, don’t hesitate to call our dental office during an emergency. We’ll provide at-home care steps over the phone and schedule an appointment for you to come visit us as soon as possible
There are a variety of situations that qualify as a dental emergency, but they’re not all as obvious as a broken or knocked-out tooth. Not matter how big or small your emergency is, delaying treatment can allow the situation to get worse, so we encourage you to give us a call right away if you even begin to suspect you may have a dental emergency on your hands. Our team is well-equipped and well-prepared to handle all manner of urgent dental situations right away. Below, you’ll find important information on some of the most common dental emergencies we treat here at Epic Family Dentistry.
The price of your emergency dentistry treatment will depend on the severity of your situation and what restorative treatments are necessary to put the smile back on your face. During your emergency dentistry appointment, we’ll walk you through every step of the treatment process and all of your possible options to help you find the one that best meets your needs and fits your budget. We will also be happy to process dental insurance claims to further offset the cost of emergency treatment. When necessary, we can work with third-party financiers who specialize in offering low or no interest financing options for medical and dental care.
Like other oral health concerns, prevention is often the best medicine for dental emergencies. While you can’t always avoid an emergency, there are some steps you can take to limit your risk, including:
Dr. A and our team are ready to leap into action to help you cope with any dental emergencies you may face. However, it is understandable if you have questions about what to expect with your oral health problem and the treatment process. That is why we have compiled the following brief list of FAQs, along with their answers. If you do not find the information you were hoping for, we invite you to contact us directly.
A visit to the emergency room is in order if you are bleeding uncontrollably, have a high fever, have broken your jaw, or are experiencing any life-threatening symptoms. Later, you can visit us for follow-up care. In virtually all other oral health-related situations, however, going to the local ER is unlikely to do much good. The medical professionals there simply do not have the training that is necessary to properly handle most toothaches and similar problems.
In some cases, a toothache might go away on its own. This can happen if the nerve inside the tooth dies — this is a serious situation and calls for immediate professional attention. A toothache can also go away if the pain was caused by something near the tooth (such as sinus pressure or a gum sore) rather than the tooth itself. Regardless of the specifics of the situation, it is always wise to see a dentist for any type of tooth pain.
It’s always a smart move to visit a dentist after you chip a tooth, even if the tooth doesn’t hurt. It’s possible that the break is merely an aesthetic problem, but it could also be that the tooth’s inner layers have become exposed, increasing your risk of infection. Additionally, chipped teeth can have jagged edges that irritate the soft tissues in your mouth, and they are vulnerable to further breakage. While these issues are not particularly urgent dental emergencies in Carrollton, they still call for professional care within a few days.
Keeping an emergency kit on hand can help you to minimize the damage to your teeth and cope with your discomfort. Here are some items that may be good to keep in your kit: