Dayton Emergency Dentistry
If you or a loved one experienced a dental emergency at night or on the weekend, what would you do? Many patients say they would wait until the dental office opened and call to make an appointment. Others say they would go to their local emergency room. Both of these options are problematic. If you wait until the office opens, you may experience additional damage or increased pain. Going to the emergency room may relieve pain, but it can be costly and time consuming. Worst of all, you’ll still need to take more time to visit the dental office to fix your smile. Instead, the Rahn Dental Group team invites Dayton dentistry patients to call our team as soon as you experience an emergency. In many cases, we can offer same day dental appointments to start repairing your smile immediately. In other situations, we’ll walk you through first aid steps over the phone.
Many patients hesitate to reach out to us because they don’t feel their situation counts as an emergency. Whether or not you need immediate treatment, we always recommend you get started with restorative dentistry treatment as soon as possible to avoid additional damage, so we encourage you to call us as soon as you notice dental damage or decay. If you’re still not sure your situation “counts” as an emergency, review the following common dental emergencies:
- Damaged or broken teeth or dental restorations
- Lost teeth or dental restorations
- Broken or bent partials and dentures
- Severe toothache or dental sensitivity
- Food or debris stuck between teeth
- Soft tissue laceration
What You Should do During an Emergency
If you’re experiencing any of the above or another dental emergency, your first step should always be the same – call our team. We’ll review your emergency situation and walk you through first aid and pain management steps to keep you safe and comfortable until you reach our office. Some first aid basics you can keep in mind include:
- Clean out your mouth and clean off your tooth, dental restorations, or pieces of teeth using cool water, but do not rub or use oral hygiene products unless directed to do so.
- Use clean cloth or sterile gauze to apply pressure to slow bleeding.
- Take over the counter pain medications as directed, but don’t apply aspirin directly to the damaged tooth as this can cause additional damage.
- Use floss to remove stuck foods or other debris, but don’t use sharp objects to dislodge these items.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Some dental emergencies can’t be avoided, but there are some steps you can take to limit your risk, including:
- Keep up with at-home oral hygiene, including brushing teeth twice a day and flossing at least once each day.
- Visit our office at least two times each year for a dental exam and teeth cleaning where we can examine your smile for warning signs of common oral health concerns and help you prevent many conditions before they begin.
- Wear mouthguards as instructed to protect teeth during sports events or from unconscious nighttime teeth grinding and clenching.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools to open packages or crack nuts.
- Stop chewing on ice, fingernails, and other hard objects.
Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry
If you experience a sudden dental injury or pain, the last thing you should be worried about is how much it will cost to fix your smile. At Rahn Dental Group, we never want anxiety about the price of your care to prevent you from seeking the treatment your smile needs. So, if you sustain an injury to your mouth or you develop an intense toothache, we invite you to contact our office right away! We’ll work with you to develop a plan for helping your care fit within your budget.
Every Dental Emergency Is Different
No two smiles are exactly alike. As a result, there is no one-size-fits-all cost of emergency dentistry in Dayton. When you visit us for your emergency appointment (which is relatively inexpensive), one of our dentists will examine your mouth, assess the extent of the damage, and develop a custom treatment plan to get your oral health back on the right track. From there, our team can discuss pricing information, as well as financing options, so that there are no unpleasant surprises throughout the process.
Taking Care of Your Smile & Your Wallet
Sometimes, dental emergencies strike when you least expect them, such as when you trip and break a tooth on the sidewalk. More often than not, though, people end up suffering from dental emergencies due to infection or other damage that has been steadily worsening for weeks or months. That’s why keeping up with your oral hygiene and visiting our dental office twice a year for checkups is crucial. Catching potential emergencies early on, or preventing them entirely, can greatly reduce your dental care costs in the long run.
Another way to save money is to call an emergency dentist in Dayton as soon as you can after you notice an issue. Chances are the problem will not go away on its own. In fact, it will most likely get worse the longer you put off getting treatment, resulting in the need for pricier procedures to repair your smile. For example, a severely infected tooth that might have only required root canal therapy may end up needing to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant, which can be significantly more expensive.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
It’s true that dental insurance plans can vary greatly from one patient to the next, but most of them offer at least partial coverage for emergency situations. Many of them cover one emergency exam a year, for instance. Additionally, most of the procedures commonly associated with toothaches – like root canal therapy or fillings – usually qualify for somewhere between 50% and 80% coverage. Our friendly team accepts most dental insurance plans and can help you make sure you’re getting the most of your benefits.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
Even if you’re uninsured, there are other ways of funding your emergency dental care. Many of our patients use CareCredit, for example, to split the cost of their treatment into smaller monthly payments with little to no interest. Alternatively, signing up for our Smile Membership Program provides you with all of the preventive coverage of traditional insurance as well as significant discounts on many restorative services.
Dental Emergency FAQs
If a dental emergency suddenly strikes, the last thing you want to deal with is more confusion. That’s why we want you to be as prepared as possible should an urgent situation arise. To help you handle your emergency, we’ve collected these frequently asked questions about dental emergencies and answered them below for your convenience. If you have an emergency question that you don’t see answered somewhere on this page, just give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help you.
Will My Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
It’s difficult to answer this question, as there are boundless types of insurance plans out there, as well as several different kinds of dental emergencies. Your treatment might range from a simple round of antibiotics to combat an infection to extracting and replacing a severely decayed or injured tooth. It’s also possible that your insurance plan will cover some parts of your treatment but not all of it. For example, most dental plans cover the majority of minor restorative procedures like fillings, but a smaller portion for major restorations like dental implants. Our helpful and friendly team will work with you to file your insurance claims and help you maximize your benefits for your treatment.
When Should I Go to the E.R. vs the Dentist?
In general, you’ll want to come see us instead of going to the emergency room. More often than not, the staff there, while medical professionals, are not specifically trained to handle dental emergencies. The only time you should head there instead of our office is if your dental emergency also threatens your life, like swelling that affects your ability to breathe, or if you think your jaw might be broken. For all other urgent dental situations, it’s best to just call us.
Will I Need a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is actually one of the most common and effective treatments for severe toothaches. During this painless procedure, one of our skilled dentists will access the center of the tooth that’s giving you trouble and removed the damaged portion. We’ll then fill the tooth with a gutta-percha material and seal it back up to prevent further infection down the road. Lastly, we’ll top the tooth with a custom dental crown to restore its original structure and function and protect it from damage. While you may experience some soreness for a few days after a root canal, the procedure itself won’t hurt one bit, thanks to advancement in local anesthetic.
What If I Bite My Lip or Tongue?
After calling us to book your emergency appointment, first rinse your mouth out with warm water. To curb any bleeding, hold a piece of gauze or cloth to the site and apply pressure until the bleeding stops. Hold a cold compress to your tongue or lip for up to 20 minutes at a time to cut down on potential swelling and relive pain. Alternatively, you could take an over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen. Until your injury is healed, it’s best to avoid spicy or hot foods and beverages, as they can delay healing by irritating the site.