You can’t predict when an emergency will happen that’s part of what defines an emergency. And when you’re in the midst of one, in this case one that concerns your smile, knowing what you can do and who you can turn to can make a significant difference.
If you’re in the middle of a dental emergency right now, Drs. Mauck and Ricci want you to know that they can help. Call our Aurora dental office now with your concerns or questions. We would be happy to advise you on what your next step should be.
Drs. Mauck and Ricci can handle many dental emergencies at their Aurora office, but in some cases, a visit to your local emergency room may be more advisable. Below are some of the more common dental emergencies that patients face, and tips on what to do in each case.
If you have lost a tooth suddenly due to an injury or some other cause, your first step is to rinse the tooth gently with water. Then, if possible, place it back into the socket it came from and hold it there until Dr. Mauck and Dr. Ricci can see you. You can also store the tooth in a bag of milk. During your emergency dental visit, we will determine if reattachment is possible.
As with a knocked out tooth, the first thing to do it rinse the cracked or broken fragment of your tooth. Then, as you wait to see us, apply a cold compress to the affected area. This will help you reduce or prevent pain and swelling.
Though we offer single-visit crowns, maybe you have a temporary crown from your normal dentist and haven’t been able to get in touch with him or her. Give us a call. And in the meantime, you can temporarily manage the situation by reattaching the crown with a small dab of toothpaste, dental wax, or temporary adhesive.
Toothaches have more than one cause, some more pressing than others. If you’re experiencing pain, first try rinsing your mouth and flossing around the affected tooth. If that doesn’t do anything and your pain doesn’t subside over the next day, call us. Avoid putting aspirin directly on the tooth as this can damage your gum tissue.
If you are bleeding or think you might have broken your jaw, you may need to visit your emergency room. But if you have questions, call us and we would be happy to advise you.
The cost of emergency dentistry in Aurora varies from case to case. The price of your treatment will depend on the severity of your condition, the extent of your insurance coverage, and other factors. When you come in for your appointment, our team will provide you with a candid price estimate and help you explore all of your payment options.
Since every dental emergency is unique, you’ll have to visit us for an exam before we can talk about the cost of your treatment. The exam itself is relatively inexpensive, and it will allow us to design a custom plan to get your oral health back on track.
Some of the treatments that we often use to address dental emergencies include root canal therapy, extractions, crowns, and prescription medications. Each of these comes with its own unique cost. If you are sedated during your procedure, that will add to the total price of your appointment.
Some dental emergencies are unavoidable, but in most cases, they are preventable. Taking good care of your teeth can greatly reduce the risk that you will face an oral health crisis and save you a significant amount of money.
It’s best to seek treatment as soon as you sense that something is off with your smile. Delaying treatment will only allow the problem an opportunity to get worse. The worse it becomes, the more expensive it will become to treat. For example, a filling is a relatively low-cost procedure that can address a small cavity. However, if the cavity enlarges to the point where you require root canal therapy, your bill will be much higher. In a worst-case scenario, the tooth might have to be extracted, and you could end up paying to replace it later on.
Dental insurance usually offers coverage for emergency exams, and it covers many of the treatments that are commonly used to treat severe dental problems. In most cases, patients can expect their policy to cover 50 – 80% of the price of their treatment, up to the amount of their plan’s annual maximum. Our team can help you verify whether your insurance applies to a specific procedure and file claims on your behalf.
As your emergency dentist in Aurora, we want to help you afford your treatment! That is why, in addition to helping you navigate the ins and outs of insurance, we also accept payment through CareCredit. CareCredit is a third-party lender that offers low-interest and no-interest payment plans for dental services. You can choose the plan that works best for your circumstances. The majority of patients are approved when they apply for this type of financing.
Don’t let concerns about cost hold you back from seeking necessary dental treatment! Our team will help you navigate the financial aspects of your care so you can focus on getting your smile’s well-being back to where it belongs.
When 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.
Many 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.
Sometimes, 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:
Unfortunately, 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.
If 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.