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Emergency Dentistry – Lancaster, TX

Urgent Dental Care When You Need It Most

If a dental emergency happens, do you have a plan in place? Unfortunately, many people only think about it after a painful toothache or traumatic dental injury has occurred. Instead of looking up an emergency dentist while you’re in pain, we encourage you to save Sunny Dental’s number into your phone in case you need emergency dentistry in Lancaster, TX. With our same-day appointments available for emergencies, you won’t have to suffer for long!

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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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Some dental emergencies can develop over several months before causing noticeable discomfort, while others occur in a split second, like an injury related to a sporting accident. Regardless of your dental emergency, if you are suffering with a lot of dental pain, give our dental office a call first. Not only can we schedule an urgent appointment for you, but also share first-aid tips for the moment, such as:

 

Toothaches

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Try to gently rinse and floss around the affected tooth to remove any food particles that might be stuck. If the pain continues, you can take an OTC medication, but do NOT put an aspirin directly on the gums near a tooth

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Chipped/Broken Tooth

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Gather as many pieces as you can, store them safely, and remember to bring them to our dental office. If you’re bleeding, you can use a clean rag or napkin with some pressure and use a cold compress to reduce any swelling. The remaining tooth may be sharp or jagged, so cover it with some sugarless gum or dental wax to prevent soft tissue injuries.

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Knocked-Out Tooth

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Handle the tooth by the top portion of the tooth only, and do not remove any tissue that may still be attached to the root. Gently rinse it with water and place the tooth under your tongue to preserve it until we can see you. Get to our dental office as quickly as you can, ideally within an hour of the accident, so that we have the best chance of putting the tooth back into place.

Lost Filling/Crown

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Rinse off the restoration and put it back onto the tooth. Keep in mind that you need to schedule an appointment as soon as possible to fully repair the restoration. If you can’t find the filling or crown, cover the tooth with sugarless gum.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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There are many things you and your loved ones can do to avoid sudden, unexpected visits to the dentist:

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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When the unexpected strikes, the last thing you need to be worried about is an outrageous dental bill. It’s normal to be concerned about the cost of an appointment for a dental emergency, but you don’t have anything to fear. Believe it or not, urgent dental services are more affordable than many people realize. We will provide a personalized estimate for the solution you need to treat the issue without fretting over any financial strain.

Every Situation is Unique

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No two dental emergencies are the same, which is why there isn’t a set fee for the services. There are several factors that will influence the amount you’ll pay, such as the severity of the problem and the treatment required. After accessing the situation, we’ll create a plan to restore a healthy smile. Although every emergency is unique, common treatments include:

  • Root canal therapy
  • Tooth extractions
  • Dental crowns
  • TMJ therapy
  • And more!

We’ll review our findings and your estimate with you, so you will know exactly what you’ll be paying before getting started. Rest assured, you won’t be caught off guard by any unplanned expenses.

Protect Your Smile Through Prevention

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You can’t always prevent dental emergencies, but there are many steps you can take to reduce your risk of one. The best way to avoid an oral health issue that requires immediate attention is through the power of prevention. Caring for your smile at home and visiting your dentist regularly keeps common dental problems at bay, like tooth decay and gum disease. Research shows you can save as much as $50 on restorative and emergency services for every $1 spent on prevention.

If a complication does arise, don’t wait to have it treated. Without prompt action, it will require a more invasive and costly procedure to correct. It’s best to have the issue resolved quickly to avoid a costly treatment down the road.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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Every policy differs, but most plans offer coverage for emergency situations, like a broken or knocked-out tooth. You can use your policy to offset the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. After reaching your deductible, you will have access to your annual allowance to pay as much as 50% to 80% of the cost of your treatment. We’ll help you maximize your yearly benefits to keep your treatment within your financial means.

Payment Options for Dental Emergencies

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Besides using your dental insurance, our office offers several payment options, which include:

  • Traditional Payments: We accept all forms of traditional payments, including cash, check, and most major credit cards.
  • In-House Dental Plan: A low annual fee gives you access to discounted rates for services your oral health relies on.
  • Third-Party Financing: You are given the funds you need based on your credit’s approval, which you’ll repay using a flexible plan.

Don’t let the fear of a costly dental bill deter you from getting the treatment you need. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We’ll rehabilitate your smile, so you can get back to focusing on more important matters.

Dental Emergency FAQs

Do you still have questions about what you should do in case a dental emergency occurs? If you’re in pain and need urgent care, call our office for a same-day appointment. Otherwise, we’ve compiled some of the most common questions we receive from our patients below for your convenience.

How can I bring down facial swelling?

Facial swelling can occur if you have a tooth infection, trauma, or oral tissue damage. To bring it down and ease your pain, you can place a cold compress on the affected area of your face for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off. You can repeat this for up to an hour. If you’re still experiencing pain despite the cold compress, you can also take an over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen.

What should I do if my jaw is fractured?

A fractured or broken jaw requires immediate medical attention, especially if it makes breathing or swallowing difficult. In these situations, it’s important to visit your local emergency room first, so a medical professional can stabilize you and provide you with the care you need. Once you’re done there, be sure to contact our office so we can schedule an appointment to take care of any dental treatments you need to prevent additional oral damage from occurring.

Should I be worried if I have dental sensitivity?

Dental sensitivity can be caused by small problems that can be addressed at home or more serious issues that require a visit to your emergency dentist. If you have dental sensitivity and have also noticed that your gums are beginning to shrink and expose more of your tooth, this could be due to advancing gum disease. In this situation, you’ll need to visit our office immediately. If your sensitivity only occurs whenever you eat hot or cold items, switching to an enamel-fortifying toothpaste made specially for sensitive teeth may be able to help.

What items should I include in a dental emergency kit? 

One of the best ways to be prepared to handle a dental emergency is by making a kit. That way, no matter where you are, you’ll be ready to ease your pain and take care of the situation to reduce your chances of sustaining additional oral damage. Here are some helpful items to include in your kit:

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