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What is a dental emergency?

Any dental issue that requires a same-day dental appointment is generally considered a dental emergency. If you aren’t sure whether you need emergency dental services, please give our office a call, and we will be happy to advise. The following situations are among the most common examples of dental emergencies:

  • Unbearable Tooth Pain
  • Broken or Cracked Tooth
  • Knocked-Out Tooth
  • Uncontrollable Swelling or Bleeding
  • Dental Abscess
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What should I do before my urgent dental appointment?

If you are experiencing a great amount of pain or swelling, holding an ice pack over the affected area can help numb the pain and keep the swelling down. For bleeding gums, press a piece of clean cloth or gauze over the affected area, or if a tooth has come loose, place it back in the socket and gently bite down on the gauze. If you can’t place the tooth back in, pick it up by the crown and put it in a glass of milk before you leave for our office. You can also take an over-the-counter medication like Tylenol or iBuprofen to help manage pain and discomfort.

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Is emergency dental care affordable?

Some dental insurance plans offer full or partial coverage for dental emergencies, so we recommend checking with your provider to see what kind of emergency coverage is available to you. If you are uninsured, our office accepts payment plans through CareCredit®, which can divide up the cost of your care into manageable monthly payments. If your emergency is very time-sensitive, you’ll want to seek treatment right away, and once your smile has been restored, our team will be happy to find a financing option that works with your budget.

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