Emergency Dentistry – Keller, TX
We’re Here When You Need Urgent Care
You might think you’ll go your whole life without suffering from a true dental emergency, and hopefully that’s the case as long as you take proper care of your smile. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that you won’t wake up one day with a painful toothache or suffer a blow to the mouth that breaks one or more of your teeth. When these emergencies strike, Dr. Walia and the Ridgepoint Dental team are here to stop the pain and save the tooth. If you need dental care now, call us immediately for emergency dentistry in Keller, TX!
Why Choose Ridgepoint Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Team That Focuses on Gentle, Personalized Care
Common Dental Emergencies
When a dentist says you have a “dental emergency”, they could be talking about many vastly different oral health issues. In most cases, the underlying cause will either be sudden trauma (such as a blow to the mouth or face) or poor oral hygiene that allowed an infection to form. When you call our dental office for help, be sure to describe all of your symptoms in full. We can give you advice for taking care of your teeth and controlling your pain while you’re waiting for your appointment.
Some toothaches are actually due to food being caught in your teeth. Some dental floss or a salt water rinse can dislodge the food and relieve your pain. If this doesn’t work, however, your tooth has likely been infected, and root canal therapy might need to be considered. Take ibuprofen or another kind of pain medication if you need to.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
Check the damage. Some dental injuries are so minor that only cosmetic corrections are required while in other cases so much enamel might have been lost that the tooth has to be extracted entirely. We’ll confirm the extent of the damage. In the meantime, cover any jagged edges with dental wax and use an ice pack to reduce any swelling. Avoid biting or chewing with the tooth in question.
There’s not a moment to lose once an adult tooth is lost; you need to get to our dental office within an hour to have the best chance of saving it. Always handle a dislodged tooth by the end used for chewing. Place it back in its socket if you can; otherwise, store it in a container of milk.
Lost Filling or Crown
Swallowing a loose filling or crown isn’t dangerous, but it’s still in your best interest to take it out of your mouth and bring it with you to your appointment. Apply clove oil to the tooth to relieve any sensitivity. A tooth that has lost its restoration is likely weakened, so if you must eat, don’t chew with that side of your mouth.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
While you can always rely on Ridgepoint Dental in a worst-case scenario, avoiding dental emergencies altogether is always the ideal solution. Here are some tips that you can use to prevent a wide variety of oral health issues:
- Be extremely mindful of your oral hygiene routine. You should always be brushing two times a day (for at least two minutes at a time), and you need to pay close attention to the gum line.
- If you’re not already flossing, start now; it’s the most reliable way to clean between the teeth.
- Ask us about getting a mouthguard for playing sports. A similar oral appliance can prevent your teeth from grinding together at night.
- Do not bite down on overly hard foods and avoid using your teeth to open any kind of package.
Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry
You shouldn’t have to worry about cost when you’re looking to stop your tooth pain. Our down-to-earth team will carefully devise a treatment plan based on your situation, and they will only recommend procedures that are deemed necessary for restoring your oral health. Each emergency will require a different kind of treatment, with some being solved with a simple filling while others might require more complex procedures, such as the extraction and replacement of one or more teeth. Once we have an estimate, we can help you figure out ways to use dental insurance or other financing options to make your care affordable.
Every Dental Emergency Is Different
As you’ll soon discover, an initial visit with your emergency dentist in Keller is actually relatively inexpensive. This appointment is primarily focused on examining your mouth to determine the extent of the damage. It’s important to note that we cannot provide you with a cost estimate until after Dr. Walia takes a closer look at your smile and develops a specific treatment plan. For example, dental emergencies can be treated with a wide variety of procedures, such as:
- Dental crowns
- Root canal therapy
- Tooth extractions
- Gum disease therapy
- And more!
No matter what Dr. Walia finds during her exam, rest assured that our team members will go over your treatment options, as well as their pricing information, before moving forward.
Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money
Many dental emergencies, such as sudden accidents or sports-related injuries, cannot be predicted. Oftentimes, though, emergencies occur due to infection or other damage that has been gradually worsening over time. By investing in good at-home oral hygiene tools and routine preventive checkups, you can stop these situations from ever developing in the first place. In the long run, you might end up saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars on emergency dental care!
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
The good news is that most dental insurance providers offer at least some coverage for emergency treatment, but it naturally depends on which services you require. Many procedures that are commonly associated with tooth pain, such as dental crowns or root canal therapy, are usually covered at 50% to 80%.
Ridgepoint Dental is proud to be in-network with the majority of PPO dental insurance plans. Even if your plan is out-of-network, don’t worry! Our team members will likely still be able to help you save.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
If you do not have dental insurance, we provide other ways of helping you afford urgent dental care. Many of our patients have been able to break up their treatment costs into low-interest monthly payments through CareCredit and Lending Club. Our in-house savings plan is a great alternative to insurance that can help you save on all types of dental care, not just emergency treatments.
In addition, we currently have a special offer in which patients can receive an emergency exam, including X-rays, for only $35!
Have you been living with a recurring pain in your jaw? One common reason for such discomfort is a TMJ disorder. Essentially, the joints that connect your lower jaw to the rest of your head could be damaged or might be strained. In many cases, the pain is accompanied by limited movement of the mouth. The symptoms of TMJ disorder become more severe and debilitating as time goes on, so it’s important to recognize the warning signs and seek treatment as soon as possible. Call us as soon as you think something might be wrong with your jaw.
Dental Emergency FAQs
As an emergency dentist in Mesquite, Dr. Walia understands how dental injuries can cause panic. The unexpected realization that a tooth is chipped, broken, or missing can cause most patients to become increasingly worried that their situation is “unfixable.” Fortunately, that is not the case, and our team at Ridgepoint Dental can provide timely assistance when you need it most. But before you find yourself in a situation that requires an urgent visit to our office, we want to provide you with some valuable information that can better prepare you should you or a loved one experience a dental emergency. Below are some frequently asked questions for you to review. If you have any additional concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Will my toothache go away on its own?
It is not normal for a toothache to go away on its own, which is why it is best to go ahead and call our office to schedule an appointment. It is during this visit that we can examine your oral cavity and check your problem tooth to find out if there is an underlying problem that cannot be seen. Typically, we will capture dental x-rays to look beneath the surface. Although a toothache can be caused by a variety of things, it is best to let a professional rule out anything more serious that could lead to worsening dental issues in the future.
My chipped tooth doesn’t hurt. Do I still need to visit the dentist?
Yes, no matter how minor the chip or crack might be, it is better to let Dr. Walia take a look. Pain is only one symptom that you may experience when dealing with a chipped tooth. Although you may feel no discomfort, she can check the inner layers of your tooth to see any areas are exposed. While you may be able to go one or two days before seeing an emergency dentist, you do run the potential risk for additional breakage if you’re not careful.
Can superglue be used to repair broken dentures?
If your dentures suffer a break, never use superglue to put them back together. Its chemicals are extremely toxic and can cause a severe allergic reaction in some patients. Superglue also does not adhere well when placed in a damp environment. Because you will be reinserting your dentures into your mouth, it is unlikely the glue will hold anyway. Not to mention, if you try to eat with dentures that are held together with superglue, you can expect your food to taste different, and not in a good way.
Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?
It might seem like the ideal place to go when faced with a dental emergency, but the truth is that the ER is the last place you want to visit. The only time you should go to the ER for help is if you have a broken or fractured jawbone, a serious cut or laceration to your face or mouth, or an abscess or infection that is inhibiting your ability to breathe. Otherwise, you are better off visiting your emergency dentist. The reason is that a general ER doctor cannot adequately address common oral injuries effectively. While they may be able to stop the pain, they cannot provide more thorough treatment like your dentist can.