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Emergency Dentistry – Dallas, TX

When Your Smile Needs Immediate Attention

Once your tooth is lost or broken, it makes all the difference to have a plan already in place instead of scrambling at the last minute to find an emergency dentist. Save Dulce Dental’s phone number for when you need dental care right away. We offer same-day appointments for emergencies so that you aren’t left with your oral pain for long; we can quickly address the root of the discomfort and restore your damaged grin with emergency dentistry in Dallas, TX.

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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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A dental emergency might occur in a single second thanks to an accident, or it might slowly develop over time due to an unseen infection. Get in touch with us if you’re experiencing high amounts of dental pain or notice any level of dental damage. In addition to setting up an appointment, we can give you advice that will help you care for your mouth on your own.

Toothaches

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Gently rinse around the tooth in question and floss to get rid of bits of food that are stuck in your smile. Over-the-counter painkillers can help you find relief. However, make sure that aspirin does not come in direct contact with the gums near the affected tooth.

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Chipped/Broken Tooth

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Look for any pieces that have broken off altogether and keep them in a secure container. Bring them to our dental office if possible. If there’s bleeding, apply pressure to the area with a clean rag or napkin until it stops. Hold a cold compress over any swollen areas. Cover any sharp or jagged edges with sugarless gum or dental wax to protect the inside of your mouth.

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Knocked-Out Tooth

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Only touch the top portion of the tooth (the part that’s normally visible in your mouth) when handling it. Rinse it under some water before placing it back in its socket. (You can also safely store it in the space between your cheek and gums or in a container filled with milk or saline solution.) We’ll have the best chance of saving the tooth if you get to our dental office within an hour of the accident.

Lost Filling/Crown

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Once you’ve rinsed off the restoration, you can try and place it back on the tooth. If this is no longer possible, you can protect the exposed area with sugarless gum instead. You’ll need to get your restoration repaired as soon as possible, so don’t waste any time calling our dental office even if your tooth isn’t in pain.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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If you want to avoid making a sudden trip to the dentist’s office, you need to be mindful about how you’re using your teeth. Do not bite down on hard objects like pen tips and fingernails, and avoid opening packages or bottles with your mouth. If you’re an athlete, make sure you have a protective mouthguard whenever you’re on the field. Maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home and visit Dulce Dental twice a year to keep your teeth free of infections and decay.

Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry

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When the unexpected strikes, you need an emergency dentist quickly. You don’t want to waste time worrying about a large dental bill. You don’t have anything to fear. Our office offers several solutions to keep your care affordable to treat your dental emergency. We’ll provide you with a personalized estimate and explain your payment options to save your smile without breaking the bank.

Personalized Treatments for Each Patient

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No two dental emergencies are alike, which is why there isn’t a set price for urgent services. Contrary to what you might have heard, emergency visits aren’t much more expensive than regular care. The amount you’ll pay is determined by your individual treatment plan. We’ll perform a thorough consultation to assess the problem to find an appropriate solution. Although every case is unique, common treatments for dental emergencies include:

  • Root canal therapy
  • Tooth extractions
  • Dental crowns
  • TMJ treatment
  • And more!

We’ll explain the costs associated with your treatment before you commit to any procedure, so you know exactly what you’ll pay, so you aren’t caught off guard by an unforeseen bill.

Maintain a Healthy Smile to Save Money

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While you can’t always avoid a sudden oral health issue, there are several things you can do to lessen your risk of one, like maintaining your oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing are your first line of defense against common oral health concerns that can turn into a big problem down the road. Besides caring for your smile at home, it’s best to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. Research shows every $1 spent on prevention can save as much as $50 on restorative or emergency services.

Even with a proactive approach, a dental complication can still arise. You might be tempted to wait to have it treated until it is absolutely necessary, but this opens the door to a bigger problem. Waiting too long can result in a more expensive procedure rather than a simple fix, like a filling.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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Every policy differs, but most dental insurance plans offer coverage for emergency care. In some cases, 1 emergency situation per year may be fully covered, while others may pay 50% to 80% of the cost depending on your plan. We will work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to file the necessary forms to maximize your annual allowance to offset the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket.

Payment Options for Dental Emergencies

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Besides using your dental insurance, our office accepts a variety of payment methods to keep your treatment within your budget, including:

  • Traditional Payments: We accept cash, check, and most major credit cards.
  • In-House Membership Plan: After paying a low annual fee, you’ll enjoy discounted rates for common services.
  • Third-Party Financing: You are given the funds you need based on your credit’s approval. You’ll repay the balance using a flexible payment plan.

A member of our team will discuss all your options, so you can get back to your daily activities without worrying about any added financial strain.

Dental Emergency FAQs

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Are you dealing with a dental emergency but don’t know what to do? First things first, try to remain calm. Then, call our office. A member of our Dulce Dental team will schedule an appointment for you right away and can even supply you with basic first-aid tips on handling your situation until you arrive. During this time, it may also help to read through the answers to some frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry, which is why we’ve included some below.

Should I Visit the Emergency Room First for Dental Emergencies?

More often than not, emergency rooms don’t have dental specialists on staff. If you visit the ER for a dental emergency, you might end up wasting precious time in the waiting room only to be prescribed pain medication and told to visit a dentist anyway. For that reason, it’s almost always better to call an emergency dentist in Dallas instead.

That being said, there are a few situations where you’ll need urgent medical care before any dental problems can be addressed. These include:

  • A broken or fractured jaw
  • Deep lacerations in the face
  • Swelling that prevents you from swallowing or breathing properly

In all other cases, you’re likely better off contacting our dental office first thing.

Will My Toothache Go Away on Its Own?

Toothaches can develop for many possible reasons, but most of them will NOT get better on their own. Many people hesitate to schedule a dental appointment when they have a toothache, believing it will fade with time. However, this can result in an even worse dental emergency in Dallas, as teeth cannot repair themselves. We cannot overemphasize the importance of calling us right away if you’re dealing with an intense toothache.

If your tooth pain suddenly stops after persisting for some time, this could indicate that the root is dead. In this situation, the tooth needs treatment immediately to save it from needing an extraction and/or preventing the damage or infection from spreading.

How Should I Sleep with Tooth Pain?

Trying to get to sleep when you have a toothache can be difficult, but these tips can help:

  • Keep your head elevated. This keeps blood from rushing to your head and worsening your pain.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed, but avoid aspirin, as it could cause a burning sensation if it makes contact with the irritated area.
  • Before bed, avoid foods and beverages that are particularly cold, hot, or acidic.
  • Apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek for no more than 10 minutes at a time.

Can I Fix Dentures That Are Broken in Half?

If your denture has completely broken in half, only a dentist can repair it. That’s why you should call us as soon as you can. Do NOT attempt to fix the denture yourself using superglue, as it can be toxic and even cause allergic reactions in some patients.

When a denture is fully broken, the entire prosthetic will typically have to be replaced. If you have a spare denture, you can wear it in the meantime, but it’s not recommended that you do so for long.

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