WHAT HAPPENS IF I WAIT TO GET EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE?
When it comes to dental emergencies, the sooner you see us, the better! Unlike other types of health problems, dental issues get worse with time. By waiting to call us, the chances are good that you'll have more pain and risk more damage to your teeth.
For example, a knocked-out tooth can usually be saved if you're seen within an hour. Beyond that, you're at a much higher risk of losing the tooth and needing to replace it with a bridge, dental implant, etc.
WILL INSURANCE COVER EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE?
Everyone has unique circumstances, with different treatment needs as well as different insurance plans. After assessing your situation, our team will give you multiple treatment options whenever possible and also help you understand your coverage. In addition, we'll always file your claims and do our best to minimize your out-of-pocket costs.
Finally, keep in mind that we also accept CareCredit, a third-party financing option that allows you to make low or no-interest monthly payments for any costs that insurance doesn't cover.
HOW SHOULD I SLEEP WITH TOOTH PAIN?
A toothache, whether it’s a dull discomfort or a stabbing pain, should never be ignored. However, if you have a day or two until your dental appointment, you’ll need to get some sleep in the meantime. One of the best things to do is avoid acidic and hard foods throughout the day that could exacerbate the issue. Next, use a cold compress for 10 minutes at a time and take an OTC pain reliever before bed. Prop your head up with some pillows to prevent blood from rushing to your head, intensifying the toothache in the process.
SHOULD I VISIT THE EMERGENCY ROOM FIRST FOR DENTAL EMERGENCIES?
Since most hospitals don’t have a dentist on staff, you shouldn’t head to the emergency room for a dental injury, like a knocked-out tooth or lost restoration. With that being said, there is an exception, like if you’re experiencing a potentially life-threatening symptom in tandem with your dental injury. If you’ve fractured your jaw, are having difficulty swallowing, or can’t stop the bleeding, then call 9-1-1 or head straight to your nearest ER. Once you’ve received the necessary medical attention, you can call our office so that our emergency dentist in Denton can restore your smile.
DO CHIPPED TEETH HEAL?
Enamel is incredible – it’s actually the hardest substance in the human body, according to the American Dental Association! Unfortunately, however, it cannot regenerate. As a result, even minor chips won’t heal on their own. The best way to restore the look and function of the tooth while preventing further damage is having your dentist intervene with a treatment like dental bonding or veneers.
CAN I FIX DENTURES THAT ARE BROKEN IN HALF?
If your dentures split in two, you may be tempted to take matters into your own hands and attempt to repair them. Although this may seem like a convenient and cost-effective solution, only a skilled dental professional can effectively restore your restoration. Furthermore, using household items, like superglue, can negatively affect your overall health since the toxins are not safe to ingest.
IS MY TOOTH PAIN FROM AN INFECTION?
The only way to discover the root of the problem is by visiting your Denton dentist for an exam. With that being said, the root of the problem is often an untreated dental issue, like a deep cavity. So, the moment you begin to experience any unusual symptoms – from swollen gums and chronic bad breath to unusual tooth sensitivity – you should schedule an appointment.
ARE TOOTHPICKS SAFE TO USE?
Despite popular belief, toothpicks are NOT safe to use. In addition to being a choking hazard, the wood can easily splinter off, damaging your enamel and gum tissue in the process. Therefore, it’s best to use a string of floss and only use a toothpick as the absolute last resort.