Accidents happen! When they do, you can count on our team at Pleasant Plains Dental to be there for you. We offer emergency dental visits and strive to get you in to see us the same day you call. We understand how nerve-wracking emergency situations can be. Our office focuses on keeping you calm throughout your visit, alleviating any tooth pain you have, and restoring your smile quickly and effectively. Whatever brings you to us, you can rest easy knowing that you'll be in good hands!
Common Types of Dental Emergencies
Curious which dental problems often require urgent dental care? Here are some of the most common issues that require immediate dental assistance:
- Broken Natural Tooth or Restoration
- Chipped or Cracked Tooth
- Inflamed or Infected Bump on Gums
- Knocked-Out Tooth
- Lost Filling
- Mild to Severe Toothache
Is Emergency Dentistry Covered By Insurance?
It depends on your insurance provider. Emergency coverage varies on a plan-by-plan basis. If you'd like to inquire about your coverage, you can contact your insurance provider or have our financial coordinator look into it for you. If you aren't covered, don't stress! We offer a variety of flexible payment options to make your emergency dental visit as affordable as possible.
How Do I Book an Emergency Visit?
It's simple! Just call our office as soon as possible to let us know you're coming in and we'll take care of the rest. Calling our office also gives us a chance to advise you on any steps you should take before you get to us, like placing a knocked-out tooth back into the socket or transporting it in a cup of milk. We recommend keeping our phone number in an easy-to-access location so that you can easily find our number in an emergency situation. We're here for you!
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I avoid dental emergencies?
Accidents can and do happen, and some dental emergencies are truly unavoidable. Our best advice for preventing dental emergencies is to visit our office regularly and schedule restorative care as soon as you can. Regular dental exams allow our team to diagnose dental issues in their earlier stages when they tend to be easier and simpler to treat. Scheduling a dental filling or crown placement sooner rather than later can also prevent an emergency dental appointment for an unbearable toothache. Should you or a loved one need emergency care, however, our team will be available to assist.
How can I be prepared for a dental emergency?
There are a few simple items we recommend that families keep on hand to treat any dental emergencies that may arise. Salt is great to have because it can be used to create saltwater rinses, which can help numb tooth pain and cleanse the mouth. Gauze is also helpful for cases like dental bleeding and knocked-out teeth. Ibuprofen can help reduce pain and swelling, while Tylenol tends to be better in cases where the patient is bleeding, as it’s not a blood thinner. Finally, we recommend saving our practice phone number to your contacts so you can reach our office right away in case of an emergency.
Should I see an emergency dentist or visit an emergency room?
Emergency rooms can treat a variety of issues, but they don’t always have the tools or experienced staff to handle dental-related emergencies. If your situation is tooth or gum-related, you are typically better off contacting a qualified emergency dentist. We can evaluate your unique situation over the phone and offer advice on the best next steps to take. If you have more serious injuries or a broken or fractured jaw, we recommend visiting the ER first before scheduling an emergency dental appointment.