Emergency Dentist – Carrollton, TX
Relieving Your Pain Fast
You can’t always plan for when you need to visit the dentist. If a severe toothache or broken tooth catches you by surprise, Dr. Durga and our whole Carrollton team are prepared to accept your dental emergencies. Sometimes, getting attention right away can mean the difference between saving your tooth or not.
If you are unsure whether or not you’re dealing with a dental emergency, remember that if you’ve broken something, are in pain, or are bleeding from the mouth, chances are you need to seek urgent attention. Contact us right away, and a member of our team will let you know what to do.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies typically fall into one of two categories. There are long-term infections that cause raging toothaches that, more often than not, are the result of poor oral hygiene. Then, there are sudden physical injuries or accidents that are pretty much impossible to prepare for.
The first thing you should do in either of these situations is contact us right away. We will do everything in our power to try and see you on the same day that you call with an urgent dental situation. In the meantime, though, there are a few things you can do.
First, floss around the affected area to dislodge any food debris that may be causing your pain. If that doesn’t alleviate your discomfort, take an over-the-counter painkiller until you can come visit our office. Just be sure that if you take an aspirin, do NOT apply it directly to the hurting tooth, as that could irritate the gum tissue.
Rinse your mouth out with water to remove any broken portion of the tooth and prevent them from damaging the soft tissues in your mouth. To cut down on both pain and swelling, apply a cold compress to the appropriate cheek. If there are any jagged edges to the tooth, place dental wax or sugar-free gum over the tooth.
If you’ve just lost one of your permanent teeth, time is of the essence. You have maybe an hour to get to us so we can re-implant the tooth. If you can, place the tooth back in the socket, making sure it’s facing the right way. Otherwise, store your tooth in a container of saltwater or milk. The most important thing, besides getting to us quickly, is keeping the tooth moist.
If you happen to have any denture adhesive, or can get to a drugstore where they have some on hand, you can temporarily reattach your crown or filling using that. However, you should still contact us as soon as possible for a more successful and long-lasting reattachment.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While no one can accurately predict when a dental emergency is going to strike, there are a few preventive measures you can take. Daily brushing and flossing as well as regular checkups and cleanings with us can help keep dental disease that causes toothaches at bay. Additionally, if you play contact sports, it never hurts to wear a dentist-prescribed mouthguard to prevent oral injuries like broken teeth. Finally, if you use your teeth as a tool, like to open packaging, you stop that, as it could severely damage your pearly whites.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Unless you come into our practice for a close examination, it’s difficult to give a precise estimate of how much you’re going to have to pay to treat your dental emergency. Once you arrive and we get a good look at your oral situation, then we can confirm which treatment you need to relieve your pain. Your treatment may range from a simple round of antibiotics for a minor tooth infection to a root canal, tooth extraction, or even a dental implant to replace a knocked-out tooth. No matter what the cost of your treatment is, we will develop a payment plan that works in your favor.
Emergency Dentistry FAQ’s
A dental emergency can be a surprising shock to anyone they effect, which is why we want our patients to have all the information they need if one does occur. Many people are curious about when emergency dental visits are necessary and if they need to go to the ER. Dr. Devarakonda has included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies in Carrollton. Keep reading to learn more!
What is Considered a Dental Emergency?
There is a difference between dental pain and emergency. Sometimes, a piece of food can cause significant pain and irritation, but by simply brushing and flossing, you can make yourself comfortable. However, when dental pain occurs that keeps you from doing your normal activities like eating, speaking, and focusing on work, you’ll need to visit our office right away for treatment. Additionally, if any part of your tooth breaks, even without pain, you should call us as soon as possible for treatment.
Is It Important to Get Emergency Dental Treatment Immediately?
A dental emergency is called an emergency for a reason. The sooner you can get to our office for treatment, the higher your chances are of a full and easy recovery. If you let a toothache fester, we may need to extract your tooth rather than providing a simple root canal. When emergency occurs, time is of the essence so call our office right away if you’re experiencing one.
When is Root Canal Therapy Necessary?
Root canal therapy is one of the most important emergency services we have to offer because it can save your tooth from extraction. When the inner, more sensitive portion of your tooth becomes infected, Dr. Devarakonda can use root canal therapy to remove the damaged and infected area while saving your smile. After the procedure is complete, she will strengthen and protect the tooth by placing a custom-made dental crown.
When Should I Visit the Emergency Room vs. the Dentist?
If you can, it’s always better to visit our office for a dental emergency because we specialize in dentistry. However, there are some situations that require an immediate ER visit. Jaw injuries, deep facial cuts, bleeding that won’t stop, or anything that affects your breathing should be treated at the nearest urgent care. However, for chipped teeth, lost teeth, or other dental injuries, we are ready and able to help you get back to full health and comfort.
Will My Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
Because there are so many different types of dental emergencies that can occur, plus all of the varying insurance plans, it’s difficult to know the coverage that you may receive. However, our front desk team works closely with insurance providers to maximize your benefits while minimizing out of pocket spending. Typically, most insurance plans will be able to at least partially cover your treatment, making our high-quality dentistry also affordable and accessible.
If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to call our office today!