No one ever expects a dental emergency to happen to them, but it’s more common than you might realize. 1 in 6 Americans has a dental emergency annually. If you need a dentist in a hurry, you might be a little anxious about the road ahead. Don’t worry, your dental team is there to help. Here are 5 things you can expect during your emergency dental visit.
1. Comfortable Amenities
Dental emergencies can be painful. Your dentist will work quickly to stop any discomfort. They can provide pain medications or use a local sedative before moving forward with any treatment. If you need extra help to relax in the dental chair or require a complex procedure, sedation dentistry can be used to keep you comfortable.
2. Diagnostic Examination
Your dentist will examine your mouth to assess the situation. They may take X-rays to have a complete picture of your smile. They’ll pinpoint the problem and learn more about your situation to establish a personalized treatment plan.
3. Create Your Treatment Plan
Every dental emergency differs, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment. Your dentist will recommend one or more procedures to repair your smile. They’ll suggest an option that will meet your needs and budget. Although every situation is unique, common treatments include:
- Tooth extractions
- Dental crowns
- Root canal therapy
- Gum disease treatment
- TMJ therapy
4. Review View Your Payment Options
If you need urgent dental attention, the last thing you should be worried about is how you are going to pay the bill. Your financial situation doesn’t have to stand in the way of getting the care you need. Most dental insurances can be used to offset the cost of emergency services to lower the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. Your dentist may offer multiple payment options for any remaining balance, like third-party financing. You don’t have to risk your oral health, even if money is tight.
5. Restore Your Beautiful Smile
After your dentist has reviewed your treatment plan and explained your payment options, they’ll restore your smile. Depending on your situation, they may treat your tooth the same day, or schedule you for another appointment.
Safeguard Your Smile
You can’t always stop a dental emergency from occurring, but there are many things you can do to lessen your risk of one. Many issues result from an untreated dental problem, like a cavity. You can avoid an unplanned trip to the dentist by following a solid oral hygiene routine at home. Don’t forget to visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
If you have a dental emergency, don’t wait. Contact your dentist right away to save your smile.
About Dr. David EarnestDr. Earnest earned his dental degree at the University of Texas and has completed extensive continuing education in many specialties, including dental implants and restorative dentistry. If you need an emergency dentist, he can provide the prompt, personalized care you need. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.