Like other medical emergencies, a dental emergency is when sudden, unexpected trauma occurs to your mouth. This can be to your teeth or gums. It is a situation you need to deal with right away, otherwise you risk losing a tooth. You may also be dealing with serious pain, which needs to be corrected quickly.
WHEN SHOULD I VISIT A DENTIST?
Understanding the difference between a dental emergency and non-emergency is important. If you cracked a tooth and are in pain, you should see a dentist right away. On the other hand, if you chipped a tooth and are in no pain, you should simply schedule an appointment quickly. If you are in substantial pain, you need to visit the dentist as you may have nerve damage. Going to the dentist during an emergency is there to help save your tooth and assist with the pain.
If a tooth has been knocked out make sure to clean the tooth and place it in a container of milk. The protein and calcium helps keep the tooth alive, although placing it in ice on the way to the dentist if you don’t have milk is another option.
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WHAT IS THE COST OF DENTAL EMERGENCY?
The cost of a dental emergency can vary, depending on the situation. A cracked tooth may require a veneer, bonding or it may need to be extracted all together. However, the cost of a dental emergency is typically covered by dental insurance.
If you reach your annual cap on dental spending or if your insurance doesn’t cover it (or if you don’t have dental insurance) there are alternatives. Our treatment coordinators can help set up a payment plan so you don’t spend a substantial amount of money out of pocket. Monthly specials are also available to help cut down expenses further.
HOW TO PAY FOR MY DENTAL EMERGENCY?
It is always recommended to have dental insurance in place, specifically for these kinds of situations. However, if you have already reached your coverage limit, it doesn’t cover the entire dental emergency or if you don’t have dental insurance at all, there are other options available. Our treatment coordinators can walk you through the different payment options to help you select which payment method works best for your budget.
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