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Dental Emergencies FAQs

What if I Face a Dental Emergency While Traveling?

Emergency phoneWhen you face a dental emergency, it is unwise to delay getting treatment. We understand that you would rather go to your regular, trusted dentist when your tooth is in pain, but unless you can get home right away, it’s best to go to a dentist who is closer to you. A simple online search can help you find someone nearby who is qualified to handle the situation.

If you’re not sure if your circumstances require immediate attention, please feel free to give us a call. We’ll give you advice on what your next steps should be.

Will My Dental Insurance Pay for My Emergency Treatment?

Dental insurance conceptMany insurance plans have a waiting period before they’ll cover certain procedures, like crowns, fillings, or root canals. Even if your waiting period isn’t over, however, you should still seek treatment when your dental emergency occurs. We may be able to work with you to arrange an affordable payment plan.

If you don’t have any dental insurance, check with your regular health insurance provider. In some cases, they are willing to cover emergency dental visits.

How Can I Avoid a Dental Emergency?

Mouthguard for sportsSometimes, there is no way to prevent a dental emergency — they can happen to anyone at any time. However, there are things you can do to minimize the chance that your teeth will end up in major and unexpected agony:

What if a Child Faces a Dental Emergency?

Child covering mouthUnfortunately, some parents reason that if their child faces a severe dental problem, it isn’t a big deal because primary teeth fall out eventually anyway. However, the last thing you want is for your child to suffer unduly! Besides, failing to treat a child’s dental emergency may have long-term consequences, such as misalignment and infection.

When your little one complains about severe dental pain, try to identify the source of the problem. If it is nothing obvious (like an object stuck between the teeth that you can get out with floss), schedule a dental visit for them as soon as possible.

What if a Dental Emergency Occurs Outside of Regular Office Hours?

Emergency room signIf you encounter a dental emergency when your dentist’s office is closed, you may be able to take steps to manage your discomfort until you can get in for an appointment. For example, a cold compress and some mild painkillers may be able to help. However, if there is serious damage to the jaw or the mouth’s soft tissue, or if a tooth gets knocked out altogether, it is often best to head to your local ER.

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