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Emergency Dentist

Immediate Care for Powell Smiles in Need

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If you ever require urgent dental care because of a knocked-out tooth or painful toothache, don’t waste your time waiting at the ER! Instead, just give Powell Dental Group a call, and our team will work to see you as soon as possible so we can relieve your pain and fix your problem right away. We have the experience, equipment, and expertise to deal with serious dental problems you won’t find at your typical ER, and better yet, we won’t make you wait to receive necessary care either.

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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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Problems like broken and knocked-out teeth can occur in the blink of an eye, while a severe toothache may take months to develop. In other words, all dental emergencies are a bit different, but no matter the situation, Powell Dental Group should be your first call. Seeking out professional care is paramount to limiting any pain or damage. Plus, our team can give you helpful first-aid tips you can use before you’re able to reach our office, including:

Toothaches

Rinse and floss around the tooth to dislodge any stray food that might be stuck and causing the pain. If this doesn’t help, or if the pain is sharp and overwhelming, have the patient take an Over the Counter medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen, place a cold compress on their face, and seek professional care as soon as possible. Toothaches never heal themselves, and infections can be deadly.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Cover the remaining tooth with a piece of sugar-free gum or dental wax to prevent the edge from cutting or irritating the inside of the mouth. Contact your dentist as soon as possible to maintain the tooth’s vitality and structural stability.

Knocked-Out Tooth

We can only replant a tooth within the first half hour or so after it has been dislodged, so you need to move FAST. Recover the tooth, gently rinse it off with saliva or warm water without touching the root, and quickly, with firm pressure, place it back into its socket. If this doesn’t work, store it either in the cheek or a container with milk—the tooth needs to stay wet to remain viable!

Lost Filling/Crown

Find the restoration, clear off any debris, and try to place it back onto the tooth, using a small dab of toothpaste if necessary to stabilize it. If the newly exposed tooth isn’t experiencing any pain, the patient can wait to schedule an appointment at their earliest convenience.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry

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Minor emergencies can sometimes be treated with just a small filling, while more major ones may require a few teeth to be extracted and replaced. Basically, there is no set cost for emergency dental care, and we will go over your options as quickly as we can, so you know as closely as possible what to expect. For any concerns about out-of-pocket costs, flexible financing is available, and we also offer a discount plan that may even be used at specialist offices, if needed.

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Keep in Mind That Every Dental Emergency is Different

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Should you experience a dental emergency, don’t sit back and wonder if it’s worth the time and money to see an expert. In most cases, these visits are relatively inexpensive, but it isn’t until we are able to examine your oral cavity and determine the severity of the problem and which method of treatment will alleviate your current symptoms and leave you with a healthier, fully intact smile.

Depending on your case, the most common treatment options include:

  • Dental crowns
  • Tooth extractions
  • Root canal therapy
  • TMJ treatment

We know a sudden need for an emergency dentist in Powell can leave you feeling panicked and worried that you’ll be spending money you may not have readily available, but rest assured, our team at Powell Dental Group will go over the recommend treatment plan and estimated costs so that you are fully aware and better prepared.

Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money

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Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial if you want your smile to look and feel its best. But it’s also vital if you want to prevent dental emergencies. Although you may accidentally break a tooth while riding your bike or falling during an afternoon run, most injuries occur because of poor oral health.

If you enjoy saving money and spending it on things and people you love most, make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition. If you notice a toothache developing, don’t wait to seek immediate care. The sooner you have it treated, the greater your chances of avoiding more serious, complex, and costly restorative treatment down the road.

Will Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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If you have a policy with one of the many dental insurance companies out there, you’ll be happy to learn that most offer coverage for emergency dentistry. Depending on your plan, you may receive one yearly emergency exam that is fully covered, but it’s best to check your policy first.

You will find that most insurance companies will cover between 50-80% for minor or major restorative services (i.e., root canals, extractions, dental crowns, bridgework), but you’ll need to verify with your insurer how much you can expect to pay out of pocket for the services you receive. Your yearly maximum will be considered, which can change the amount you will be responsible for paying. Should you need assistance in navigating this part of the process, the team at Powell Dental Group is here to help.

Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable

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At Powell Dental Group, you’ll be pleased to know that even if you are uninsured, you can still lower your out-of-pocket expenses by applying for flexible financing through CareCredit. This third-party financier offers low and no interest payment plans to help you stay within your budget.

Our team can help you enroll to determine your eligibility for the program. By using CareCredit, you’ll be able to rest easier knowing your emergency dental care is possible and won’t require emptying your savings.

Dr. Shults and her team of experts are here to help you in your time of need. When a crisis occurs, trust that we will walk you through every step as well as sit down to discuss your preferences, budget, and treatment options. Your voice matters, and we’re here to listen to ensure you get the care you need in a timely and affordable manner.

Dental Emergency FAQs

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Your emergency dentist is here to help. When an injury occurs and you need immediate care, you can trust that the team at Powell Dental Group will be ready to assist no matter the problem. But how do you know if it’s a real emergency? What can be done to relieve pain while at home? Will insurance cover the visit? To help answer these questions and more, we’ve compiled a list of dental emergency FAQs for you to review. After you’ve finished looking over the following information, don’t hesitate to contact us with additional questions.

What constitutes a true dental emergency?

Anytime you have continuous bleeding that doesn’t stop, swelling that will not go down, or a fractured or broken jaw, these are considered life-threatening injuries that should have you visiting your local emergency room. But if the problem you’re experiencing doesn’t fall into any of those categories, you may still require emergency assistance, but not at your local ER. Instead, your emergency dentist can assist should you have a knocked-out tooth, severe tooth pain possibly caused by an abscess/infection, a chipped/cracked tooth, soft tissue injury, or lost crown or filling.

Is it possible to have a same-day appointment for a dental emergency?

Absolutely! We know you can’t predict when an accident will occur, so when you call to alert us, we will get your schedule as soon as possible. In certain situations, time is of the essence (i.e. knocked-out tooth), so make sure to explain what happened and when, so our team can determine how quickly you should be seen by one of our highly-qualified dental experts.

What can I do to relieve pain at home?

Most dentists recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever and cold compress to help minimize discomfort. Whether brought on by a toothache or chipped tooth, trying to control the pain can be difficult. But if you keep an ice pack and proper medication at home, you will begin to feel less pain over time. However, even if your pain goes away, you may still need to see a dentist, as there could be an underlying issue that requires proper treatment.

Will my emergency visit be covered by insurance?

Depending on your individual dental insurance policy, it is likely that they provide some level of coverage for emergencies. The amount of coverage is usually based on what type of restorative treatment you need. In most cases, your insurer will offer between 70-80% for minor services and between 50-70% for major services. You will need to review your policy to find out how much you can expect to pay out of pocket, but if you need help contacting a representative with your dental insurance company, one of our friendly team members will be happy to assist.

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