Emergency Dentist Carrollton | Dental Emergencies
Emergency Dentist – Carrollton, TX
Where You Can Turn for Fast, Effective Relief
Whether an accidental elbow dislodges your front tooth, a once asymptomatic toothache becomes extremely painful, or one of your dental crowns falls off, priority number one is getting the fast, effective treatment you deserve. Fortunately, our emergency dentist in Carrollton, Dr. Kimberley Capua, can do just that! From first-aid tips over the phone to same-day appointments, our team will make sure your dental injury is handled swiftly and that your pain-free smile is restored. So, when you or a loved one needs urgent care, contact our office right away.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies are any non-life-threatening dental injuries that require immediate attention, such as a knocked-out or fractured tooth. Either way, priority number one is to contact our office. From there, our fantastic staff can guide you through the next best steps and ensure you are as comfortable as possible until you get to our office. If for any reason you are unable to come in right away, here are a few tips on handling your dental emergency in Carrollton in the meantime:
To manage your discomfort, try swishing with a mixture of salt and warm water, which will prevent infection and alleviate puffiness. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication in the meantime.
If your tooth sustains a chip or crack, begin by gently rinsing your mouth with warm water and looking for any larger pieces of the tooth. Rough edges that could potentially scratch your lips or gums should be covered with a piece of sugarless gum or dental wax.
If you are dealing with a knocked out or lost tooth, collect the tooth and rinse away any debris. Do not touch the tooth’s root. Place the tooth back in its empty socket, in your cheek, or in a cup of milk until you can reach your dentist’s office. Act fast to increase the chances for a successful reattachment.
If you have a broken filling, crown, or other dental work, don’t panic. Instead, schedule a same-day appointment and avoid chewing on that side of your mouth to prevent further decay or breakage.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
It is, of course, far preferable for the dental emergency never to occur in the first place. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent things from going wrong with your teeth and gums, such as:
- Never using your teeth as tools
- Brushing and flossing daily
- Not biting into hard items, like ice and pen caps
- Attending your biannual checkups and cleanings
- Wearing a mouthguard if you play a sport (contact and non-contact alike)
Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry
Since no two dental emergencies are exactly alike, the costs associated with care vary as well. Restoring your pain-free smile is our top priority, and we always go above and beyond so there are no unpleasant financial surprises along the way. Plus, we offer provisions that can keep your out-of-pocket costs to a minimum.
Every Dental Emergency Is Different
We can’t say for sure how much the cost of emergency dentistry in Carrollton will be for you until we are able to assess your needs. If you have a minor toothache, a small filling may be the solution to restore the aesthetics and function of your tooth. On the other hand, a severe infection may require a multitude of treatments to address, like root canal therapy and a dental crown. The cost of sedation and anesthesia will also contribute to overall costs. If more than one type of treatment might be suitable for you, we will clearly explain the pros, cons, and price of each option.
Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money
Some dental emergencies are inevitable, but most can be prevented via good at-home habits and regular dental visits. Routine checkups allow Dr. Capua and our team to identify and treat problems before they become severe — and before they become expensive to treat.
It would be financially wise to visit us as soon as you feel that something is off with your oral health, even if you aren’t in severe pain. For example, a small twinge in a tooth might indicate a new cavity. A filling is a relatively inexpensive dental procedure. However, if the cavity worsens to the point where you need root canal therapy and a crown, you will have to pay a lot more. If it becomes necessary to extract the tooth, you may end up paying thousands for tooth replacement later on.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
Dental insurance polices vary greatly in their coverage, but many cover at least one emergency exam each year. They may also cover 50% – 80% of the cost of restorative care, up to the amount of your plan’s annual maximum. Our insurance-friendly team is ready to help you understand your coverage and maximize your benefits. We will even file claims in your behalf. Just be sure to bring your insurance information with you when you visit us as your emergency dentist in Carrollton.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
If you cannot pay for the entirety of your treatment upfront (or you do not wish to), you may be eligible for CareCredit. CareCredit is a third-party lender that offers low-interest and no-interest payment plans for medical and dental services. Our team can help you apply for this provision.
Do not let concerns about cost hold you back from seeking the treatment you need. Our team is ready to relieve your dental pain and help you navigate the financial aspects of your care.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
If you still have concerns about what you should be doing in the event of a dental emergency, Dr. Capua is here with the answers you need. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with our services and various urgent dental situations so that you can act quickly to stop your pain and protect your mouth. We have answered some of the most common questions we’ve received over the years from our emergency patients down below.
What Should I Do About My Fractured Jaw?
A fractured jaw is a potentially life-threatening problem that requires immediate medical attention. For this and other severe issues such as deep facial cuts or any injury that makes it difficult to swallow or breathe, get in touch with an emergency room as soon as possible. We can address your dental issues once the more life-threatening problems have been dealt with. You can go ahead and schedule a same-day appointment at our practice once you’ve finished receiving care at the emergency room; that way we can get started on repairing your smile and preventing additional oral damage right away.
How Can I Reduce Swelling?
Broken or infected teeth are often accompanied by swelling. Holding a cold compress over the affected area will help reduce the swelling as well as your pain. That said, you shouldn’t be constantly holding the compress on your mouth; it’s most effective when you hold it in place for 10 minute intervals. Over-the-counter pain medication will also help reduce any of the discomfort that you might experience along with the swelling. If you want to stop the swelling once and for all, you’ll need to have the underlying dental issue treated as soon as possible.
Is Tooth Sensitivity an Emergency?
A sensitive tooth is often a symptom of a larger oral health issue. Your gums might be receding as a result of gum disease, leaving the underlying roots exposed. In other cases, the enamel might have eroded or could be suffering from decay. It’s important to narrow down the exact cause of your sensitivity so that we can offer an appropriate solution. For example, we can perform periodontal therapy for gum disease, or we can recommend special toothpaste that helps strengthen the teeth and lessen sensitivity. Until we’ve figured out the best solution for your sensitivity, try to stay away from the hot or cold foods and beverages that can trigger it.
What Items Should I Include in My Emergency Dental Kit?
A well-stocked dental emergency kit will have all the tools you need to perform the necessary first aid that your smile requires to avoid further damage. You may want to create multiple kits so that you can get to them at home, in your car, or at work. Each kit should contain:
- Latex-free gloves for handling teeth and touching the inside of the mouth
- Over the counter pain medication
- Gauze pads to stop bleeding
- Saline rinse solution and a small container for storing any knocked-out tee