Emergency Dentistry – Frisco, TX
Dental pain can come from a variety of sources and determining the root cause is essential to getting you the treatment you need. At Stonebriar Smile Design, our comprehensive understanding of dentistry enables us to quickly figure out what is causing your discomfort during dental emergencies and formulate an effective solution. We also have state-of-the-art 3D cone beam technology which adds an entire dimension to x-rays, helping to identify a dental infection. Living with persistent pain simply isn’t good enough for our patients, so, when you need relief, please don’t hesitate to come see us. If you’re suffering from any dental pain, we can help. Don’t go through another day worrying about your teeth. Contact us today for an appointment with one of our skilled dentists for emergency dentistry in Frisco, TX.
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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Have a tooth knocked out? Severe toothache? Lost or broken dental work? When you need dental care fast, you can always rely on our dental office in Frisco. When you call us with an emergency, we’ll do everything we can to see and treat you as quickly as possible. Our team is trained and equipped to handle a wide variety of dental emergencies, so when you need us the most, you can trust that we’ll always be able to help. We can also walk you through at-home care over the phone, including the following first aid and pain management steps.
If you’re experiencing a toothache, examine the damaged tooth carefully to make sure there isn’t anything stuck between teeth or any visible dental damage that is causing the discomfort. You should call our team for an appointment, but in the meantime, take over the counter pain relievers as directed to improve comfort. You can use ice packs or cold compresses at 20-minute intervals to relieve pain, prevent inflammation, and slow bleeding. Topical numbing agents can also be used to relieve discomfort unless you have an open wound. When possible, avoid eating until you reach our dental office. If you do eat, take care to avoid chewing with the damaged area. You should also be careful to avoid the damaged area when brushing and flossing your teeth.
Chipped/ Broken Tooth
If you have a chipped or broken tooth, carefully examined the damaged area. To slow bleeding, bite down on gauze or clean cloth. If bleeding continues, apply ice packs at 20-minute intervals. If the chipped or broken tooth has sharp edges that may cause damage to surrounding teeth or soft tissue, you can cover the sharp pieces with orthodontic wax or continue to bite down on the gauze to protect surrounding structures from additional damage. When possible, avoid eating until you reach our dental office. If you do eat, take care to avoid chewing with the damaged area. You should also be careful to avoid the damaged area when brushing and flossing your teeth. If you’re experiencing discomfort, follow the directions above for toothaches.
Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown portion only. Do not touch the root or remove any tissue still attached to it. After gently rinsing off any dirt or debris, place it back into your open socket. If not possible, keep it contained in milk or saltwater to keep it preserved for up to one hour.
Lost Filling/ Crown
Most fillings will need to be outright replaced. However, you can temporarily cover the exposed portion of the tooth with dental cement until you get to our dental office. This material can also be used to hold a crown. These are not permanent solutions and you will need to visit our dental office to replace your restoration.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Not all dental emergencies are preventable, but there are steps you can take to limit your risk for dental emergencies including:
- Brush teeth twice a day and floss daily
- Visit our dental office twice a year for dental checkups and teeth cleanings
- Avoid chewing on fingernails and other hard objects
- Don’t use teeth to open packages or crack nuts
- Wear mouthguards as directed to protect teeth from nighttime grinding and clenching and during athletic events or practices
Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry
The last thing you should have to worry about when you’re trying to seek out emergency care in the midst of a stressful situation is whether or not you can afford treatment. Since no two dental emergencies are exactly the same, the price of your visit can vary depending on several different factors, which you can read more about below.
Every Dental Emergency is Unique
Accidents happen in a number of different severities that can result in the need for unique treatments. As soon as you get to our office, we’ll help make you comfortable and conduct a thorough examination of your mouth, including taking X-rays, to diagnose the issue. Based on the diagnosis, we can develop an in-depth treatment plan to ensure that the problem is fixed. It’s virtually impossible to predict the cost of your treatment until we have a chance to examine your mouth.
Some of the most common dental emergency treatments that we administer include:
- Dental crowns
- TMJ treatment
- Dental bonding
- And more!
As soon as we determine what treatment you’ll need, we will explain it to you in detail so you don’t feel left in the dark about what will happen next.
Save Money By Thinking Ahead
It’s true that some dental emergencies are completely unavoidable accidents, but many happen due to worsening oral health problems like infections and unaddressed dental damage. By investing in routine dental appointments and good at-home oral hygiene, you could set yourself up to save thousands of dollars over the year by minimizing your risk of serious oral issues.
As soon as you notice any out-of-the-ordinary or painful symptoms, like severe pain or a damaged tooth, it’s important to take care of it right away. Even if you’re worried about the cost, remember that the longer it’s left unaddressed, the worse it could progress and more expensive it could be to take care of.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
In most cases, dental insurance companies offer coverage for dental emergency situations, including a yearly emergency exam. However, it’s important to remember that not all plans are equal, and the best way to determine coverage is to contact your provider directly. Keep in mind that if you have a deductible or require a costly treatment that could cause you to hit your yearly maximum, you may need to pay out-of-pocket. Our team can help you determine the ins-and-outs during your visit.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
Our team is happy to use your dental insurance and help you get the most out of your coverage. We also offer easy and budget-friendly financing through CareCredit that will provide you with a customized monthly treatment plan that can make the cost of your visit easier to tackle.
Root Canal Therapy
If you’re experiencing severe toothache or dental sensitivity or have a dental crack or break that reaches the interior layer of the tooth, you may need a root canal. These treatments are necessary when dental damage accesses the innermost layers of the tooth where the nerve system is housed. In order to relieve pain and restore dental function, a root canal allows us to remove and replace the interior dental structures.
Emergency Dentistry Frequently Asked QuestionsAre you still worried about what would happen if you had a dental emergency on your hands? At Stonebriar Smile Design, you can count on our team of dental professionals to provide you with fast pain relief and first-aid guidance. We want to ease your stress if you ever have a dental dilemma, which is why we’ve compiled some common questions we get from our patients below, so you can feel more prepared for whatever comes your way.
How can I ease a toothache until I get to my emergency dentist?
A severe toothache can be a sign that you have a serious dental emergency on your hand, which is why the first step you should take is to call our dental office to set up a time when you can come in. Once that’s done, here are some home remedies to help ease your pain until you reach our dental office:
- Add ½ teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and rinse it around your mouth to reduce inflammation.
- Place a cold compress on the outside of your face to constrict the blood vessels and ease your pain.
- Place a slightly warmed peppermint tea bag on the affected area to numb pain and soothe sensitive gums.
How can I safely remove an object lodged between my teeth?
If the item that’s stuck between your teeth is a piece of food or small object, try gently removing it with dental floss. Be sure not to use anything sharp like a toothpick or pin because it could damage your gums or cause an infection. If you aren’t able to remove the item with dental floss, contact your emergency dentist in Frisco immediately. We’ll do our best to fit you in our appointment schedule as soon as possible.
When should I visit the ER instead of my emergency dentist?
There are some injuries that our dental office isn’t equipped to treat, like ones that require immediate medical attention. In these situations, you’ll need to visit your local emergency room. Once you’ve received the medical help you need, we’ll be more than happy to take care of any of your dental needs. Some examples of when you should visit your ER first, include:
- Head or neck injuries
- Broken or fractured jaw
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Bleeding that won’t stop
- Sudden and severe pain
- A severe toothache outside of emergency dental office hours
I’m scared of the dentist. Can they put me to sleep during my emergency visit?
At Stonebriar Smile Design, one of our top priorities is our patients’ comfort. That’s why we have been voted “Best of Business” in Frisco Style Magazine for multiple years. It’s also why we go out of our way to help patients with dental fears and phobias feel comfortable and relaxed during their appointment. We offer oral conscious sedation as well as IV sedation to help calm your nerves.
How do I know if I have sensitive teeth because of an oral health problem?
Extreme tooth sensitivity can be a sign of several issues, including and infection or receding gums. Both of these are serious concerns that should be dealt with immediately by your emergency dentist in Frisco. If you’re experiencing persistent sensitivity, schedule an appointment. If you believe that your sensitivity could be caused by worn-down enamel, try using a sensitive toothpaste. Either way, be sure to contact our dental office for first-aid advice and to determine whether your situation should be handled with urgency.