Emergency Dentist - Bonita Springs, FL

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What to Do in a Dental Emergency

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Learn More We have designed an operatory exclusively for dental emergencies
  • Call Our Dental Emergency Hotline
  • Get a Same-Day Appointment
  • Receive a Thorough Evaluation
  • Relieve the Pain
  • Agree on a Treatment Plan

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Please select the icon or symptom that most closely represents your dental emergency. When you click on it, you’ll find useful information about the likely causes, what you should do, and what we will do when you visit us. If you don’t see your issue listed here, don’t hesitate to call us and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Understanding The Cost of Emergency Dentistry

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Learn More Our entire dental team works hard to provide fair fees you can understand
  • Usually Less than $100 Initial Exam
  • Much Lower Cost than Medical ER
  • Insurance Could Cover Some Costs
  • We Provide a Written Estimate
  • Prevention is the Key Savings

Preventing Dental Emergencies

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Learn More Regular check-ups & cleanings are the best way to prevent dental emergencies.
  • Get Biannual Checkups & Cleanings
  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits
  • Be Smart About What You Eat & Drink
  • Protect Your Teeth When Playing Sports
  • Use Tools, Not Teeth for Household Chores
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Dental Emergency Frequently Asked Questions

Click on any question below to learn the answer.

QWill My Toothache Go Away on Its Own?

Remember, teeth can’t heal themselves. Leaving dental issues like cavities and gum disease untreated will simply allow them to get worse over time. If your toothache suddenly goes away, don’t cancel your appointment! A tooth that suddenly goes numb could indicate that the nerve has been infected or injured. In these cases, even if the tooth is no longer painful, it’s still at risk of falling out or spreading the infection to the nearby teeth! Don’t wait for your toothache to get worse — schedule an appointment with us as soon as you begin to notice any new, unusual, or concerning dental symptoms so we can prevent the issue from getting worse.

QCan An Emergency Room Pull My Tooth?

Extracting a tooth may sound simple, but it actually requires advanced training and education to be done properly. As such, only a licensed dentist can perform a tooth extraction. Since most ERs don’t have a dentist on-staff, at best they will be able to help you manage your pain and prescribe antibiotics. However, you’ll need to come visit us if your tooth needs to be extracted. Hopefully, we will be able to avoid extraction and preserve your natural tooth with a root canal instead, which is much better for your oral health, your smile, and your wallet.

QHow Much Does It Cost to Get Out of Pain?

Generally speaking, it’s much less expensive to treat a dental emergency than a medical one, especially if you visit us before heading straight to your local ER. Exactly how much you can expect to pay to get out of pain will depend entirely on the nature of your emergency. Some require quick and inexpensive treatments like a filling or prescription mouthwash, while more complex treatments and custom-made solutions like root canal therapy or dental crowns will cost more. You’ll also need to take into account your health or dental insurance to see if you have any coverage for the treatments you need. Don’t worry, we always go above and beyond to help our patients minimize their out-of-pocket expenses!

QCan You Go to the ER for a Dental Emergency?

According to research conducted by the American Dental Association, most emergency rooms don’t have on-staff dentists or the right equipment to provide thorough dental treatment. Instead, patients are typically prescribed painkillers or antibiotics. Since these do not address the underlying issue, the study found that about 39% of these patients will return to the ER again later with the same problem or worse. Before you take your dental emergency to an ER, we highly recommend that you give us a call first. We’ll likely be able to save you a tremendous amount of time, money, and headache while providing the dental care you need to get your oral health back on track.
That being said, there are certain situations where you should visit and ER first before coming to us to repair your smile, like:
  • Dislocated or broken jaw
  • Oral bleeding that hasn’t stopped after 10 minutes
  • Swelling in the mouth, neck, or jaw that’s hindering swallowing or breathing

QWhat Should I Include In a Dental Emergency Kit?

Since not every dental emergency can be avoided, it’s best to be prepared with a dental emergency kit that contains helpful items like:
  • A small storage container or clean plastic baggie to store knocked out teeth, teeth pieces, or lost restorations.
  • Sterile gloves, gauze, and cotton balls
  • Travel-sized toothpaste, toothbrushes, and mouthwash
  • Floss and interdental brushes
  • Temporary dental cement and dental wax from your local pharmacy
  • A tooth-preservation kit with the ADA Seal of Approval
  • An ice pack or cold compress
  • Over-the-counter pain relivers like Ibuprofen
  • Our contact information so you can reach us right away