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Don’t Let Dental Emergencies Go Untreated!

Emergency services are obviously needed when you have a broken bone or experiencing severe pain or bleeding. Unfortunately, it’s not always so obvious when it comes to oral injuries. Is it a dental emergency when you have a toothache or chipped tooth? Regardless of what kind of dental emergency you’re having, the dentists at Texas Dentistry are prepared to answer your call. When you do, you can expect us to schedule your emergency appointment and provide helpful advice to improve your condition before you arrive. The worst thing you can do is put off your treatment! Call us right away for emergency dentistry in Mesquite.

Why Choose Texas Dentistry for Emergency Dental Care?

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

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The Most Common Dental Emergencies

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Dental emergencies come in many different forms, almost all of which have specific approaches to handling outside of a dental office. With that said, you should never assume your dental emergency will get better on its own. Before you arrive, here’s what you should do in the following situations leading up to your appointment.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies 

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Depending on the severity and complexity of your dental emergency, the overall cost of your treatment can fluctuate. For one, if you have an oral infection, you may only need antibiotics to treat your emergency. If it’s more advanced, we may need to perform a root canal, which requires more time and resources to complete. Whether your emergency is simple or complex, you should always get it handled by a dentist. Without treatment, it will only worsen, leading to higher treatment costs and more time in the dental chair. We’ll always make sure that your treatment plan meets your specific needs and gets you out of discomfort.

What Influences the Cost of My Emergency Care?

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Dental emergencies are often more difficult to treat compared to a traditional exam or cleaning, so you can expect to pay a bit more to have your issue handled. With that said, there are many factors that can affect what you’ll end up paying at the end of the day. For example:

  • Location: If you’re coming from a smaller town and visiting a dentist in a larger city, the cost of living is generally higher. This means the services sold in that town will likely also be higher to reflect those adjustments.
  • Insurance: Having dental insurance means you’ll generally have lower out-of-pocket expenses to worry about.
  • Necessary Treatment: If the form of treatment requires more extensive restorative work, you can expect costs to be higher (i.e. a dental filling vs. a dental crown.)

Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Schedule

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It’s impossible to provide an exact price for your care until we’ve had a chance to see you, but that doesn’t mean you should put off treatment. When one occurs, don’t wait; call our office to schedule an appointment. This allows our dentists to confirm the severity of your dental issue. If the problem is not particularly severe, chances are your insurance will cover a larger portion of your care. While managing your finances is important, you should never let it put off an emergency visit. Dental emergencies do not get better on their own. In fact, they can actually worsen, resulting in higher costs. Our goal is to go above and beyond for your care, so you’ll be pleasantly surprised despite the circumstances.

Our Affordable Financial Options

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Our office is happy to accept many PPO plans, so you can get the care that you need at an affordable rate. We’ll maximize your benefits to the fullest, so you can get the best price for your care. At this time, we accept benefits from the following plans:

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental
  • Metlife
  • Humana
  • CHIP
  • Medicaid

To see if we accept your plan, please don’t hesitate to give us a call directly. You can also save on costs through our in-house membership plan!

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Some dental emergencies are inevitable, but in most cases, they are preventable. We are always ready to help if you encounter such a situation, but we would prefer that you avoid them altogether. That is why we have put together this simple guide on how to protect your teeth from the pain and uncertainty of dental emergencies. If you would like to know more about how you can safeguard your smile, you are welcome to contact us.

Be Careful What You Eat

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When sugar interacts with the bacteria in your mouth, it forms plaque. Plaque, in turn, leads to cavities. Untreated cavities are the harbingers of dental emergencies. It is best if you cut back on sugary drinks and foods to the extent possible. Indulging from time to time is fine, but when you do have a treat, be sure to sip on water afterward to rinse some of the sugar out of your mouth.

Also, be mindful that biting down on hard items such as ice, jawbreakers, or nutshells, runs a high risk of breaking your teeth.

Get Some Added Protection

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Do you regularly play sports? Even if your game of choice is not a contact sport, you should still wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth against trauma. You can buy mouthguards at most sporting goods stores, but over the counter ones tend to be uncomfortable and only moderately effective. You will enjoy a better fit and a higher level of protection if you purchase a custom mouthguard from a dentist.

Along the same lines, you may need a nightguard to wear while you sleep if you suffer from bruxism (involuntary teeth grinding). A nightguard puts a barrier between the teeth and stops them from damaging one another.

Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene

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Oral hygiene is the key to keeping teeth strong and preventing decay. You should:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day. Be sure to get the area along the gum line and the backs of the teeth.
  • Floss once a day. Your hygienist can help you master effective flossing technique.
  • Use an ADA-approved mouthwash. Some are specifically designed to prevent tartar formation, strengthen the teeth, or fight bacteria.
  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Most adults should attend two preventive appointments each year.

Dental Emergency FAQ’s 

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It can be scary dealing with a dental emergency, especially if you are not sure what to do. At Texas Dentistry, our team of professionals want to help you be better prepared when problems arise, which is why we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions for you to review. Our emergency dentist is pleased to provide expert advice to ensure you’re more confident and comfortable handling the situation on your own while waiting to get in to see us. If at any point you have additional questions, don’t be afraid to contact us.

How can I tell if it’s a real emergency?

While you may not think your situation is an actual emergency, there are ways to tell if you need to seek immediate medical attention. If you have continual bleeding, swelling that will not go down, or increasing pain, our team will want to see you as soon as possible. If your jaw is broken, it’s best that you get to a local emergency room for help.

But it’s also important to remember that any time you have a laceration, knocked-out tooth, chipped or cracked tooth, or any other problem associated with your mouth or jaw, don’t contemplate whether you should receive treatment or not. Call us and explain your situation. From there, we will be able to determine if you should come in right away.

Is sedation available should I need it?

Yes, we are pleased to offer our patients sedation dentistry. Making sure you are comfortable is one of our top priorities, so by offering nitrous oxide sedation, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesiology, we can ensure your appointment is as relaxed and comfortable as possible. No matter what we’re treating, you can trust that our team will go above and beyond to make your crisis situation less stressful.

Why is the dentist a better person to see for an emergency?

While it’s up to you whether you want to go to the emergency room or your dentist’s office for help, if possible, your dentist is likely going to be able to see you much quicker and offer faster treatment than the ER. Not only does your dentist already have your oral and medical history, but they can also offer immediate treatment to effectively fix the problem.

What should I do if a dental emergency occurs while I’m out of town?

First, don’t wait until you return to seek help. If a dental emergency occurs while you’re out of town, find a local dentist who can offer immediate treatment. Make sure to call and alert us of the situation, and once you return home, call us to schedule an appointment. This will give us a chance to review the problem area and determine if any additional work or treatment is needed.

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