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Why Pelican Landing is the Best Choice for Your Dental Emergency
Broke a temporary bridge...was being treated by an Ohio dentist but I wanted to check options. Dr. Gilbert laid my options out clearly and was patient while I decided what to do. I chose for his group to do the work...no reschedule, no delay ...the team immediately went to work and I had a new temporary bridge, was prepped for a permanent bridge and was out the door quickly...proof that Dr. Gilbert believes in a "sense of urgency". Great professional, quality service! Highly recommend them!"
How We Handle
- Call Our Dental Emergency Hotline
- Get a Same-Day Appointment
- Receive a Thorough Evaluation, Including All Necessary X-Rays & Scans
- Relieve the Pain
- Agree on a Treatment Plan
Are you experiencing dental pain or concerning symptoms? Even if you’re unsure if your situation qualifies as an emergency, don’t wait to give us a call. One of our highly experienced and caring team members will always be available to contact, even after hours, so you can get the help you need right away. We’ll schedule you as soon as possible and give you personalized first-aid instructions to manage your emergency until you reach our office. At your same-day emergency appointment, we’ll perform a quick but thorough examination, complete with all the necessary X-rays and CT scans. Once we’ve determined the extent of the problem and the best way to treat it, we’ll work to get you out of pain as soon as possible. Then, we’ll make a treatment plan with you to completely repair your smile and protect it for the long run.
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 Dental Emergencies
- Usually Less than $100 for the Initial Exam
- Much Lower Cost than a Trip to a Medical ER
- Dental Insurance Could Cover Some Costs
- We Always Provide a Written Cost Estimate
- Prevention is the Key to Long-Term Savings
Every Dental Emergency Is Different
Wondering how much it will cost to treat your dental emergency? That will depend entirely on the nature of your situation. Some dental emergencies can be fixed with quick, simple, and cost-effective solutions like a filling or antibiotics. However, other cases may require more complex treatments like root canal therapy or tooth extractions, which come with other associated costs like tooth replacements and custom-made crowns. We won’t be able to estimate the overall cost of your dental emergency until we evaluate you and understand the root of the problem. Rest assured that we’ll always review your treatment options and their costs with you before we begin.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
Many dental insurance companies offer some form of coverage for dental emergencies. Some plans may cover one emergency exam every year, while others may mitigate the cost of X-rays or CT scans. Most policies partially cover 50-80% of emergency treatments such as restorations, root canal therapy, tooth extractions, and more. However, it’s important to keep in mind that every dental insurance company is different, and there are maximums, deductibles, and restrictions to take into account as well. At Pelican Landing Dental, we would be more than happy to investigate your policy and provide you with an idea of your coverage. Additionally, we will file your insurance claims on your behalf as a courtesy.
It’s also important to remember that practically all dental insurance plans cover preventive care like routine checkups and cleanings at 90-100%. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! In fact, a study conducted by Cigna Health reports that over the course of five years, adults who invest in preventive dental care can save 30% or more in oral healthcare costs yearly, while adults who avoid preventive care can expect a 43% increase in the annual cost of caring for their smile.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
You don’t need dental insurance to receive emergency dental care from us. If you are uninsured or are unsatisfied with your insurance coverage, we also offer:
- Financing Options Through CareCredit: CareCredit is a third-party financing company that offers low- to no-interest payment plans. With these flexible options, you can break up the cost of your emergency treatment into easy payments that fit into your monthly budget.
- New Patient Specials: For patients who are visiting our practice for the first time, we offer a $100 gift certificate toward any service (some restrictions apply).
Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money
While some dental emergencies are unavoidable accidents, most happen because of unchecked infection and damage. The American Dental Association reports that more than 40% of dental emergencies are caused by dental decay that could have easily been prevented. As such, investing in regular dental checkups and a good at-home oral hygiene routine can potentially save you thousands of dollars over the years.
Once you notice dental pain, damage, or other worrying symptoms, taking care of the problem right away is crucial. Even if you’re concerned about the possible cost of treating it, it’s important to remember that teeth can’t heal themselves. Ignoring your dental issues will only allow them to get worse and more expensive to treat. For instance, visiting us right away for a toothache could mean the difference between saving the tooth with root canal therapy and needing to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental bridge or implant.
Keys to Preventing
- Visit Pelican Landing Dental Regularly
- Daily Brushing & Flossing
- Watch What & When You Eat & Drink
- Protect Your Teeth When Playing Sports
- Use Tools, Not Teeth for Household Chores
Visit Pelican Landing Dental for Checkups Regularly
One of the easiest ways to prevent dental emergencies is to come visit us for a regular checkup and cleaning every six months. Even if your teeth look and feel fine, these biannual appointments give us the best chance of detecting issues like cavities, gum disease, infections, and more long before they can cause a dental emergency. Of course, the main goal of these visits is to prevent oral health issues from developing in the first place!
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits at Home
As we mentioned before, the American Dental Association reports that a majority of patients seeking emergency dental care for tooth pain are suffering from dental decay that could have easily be prevented. Even though cavities are incredibly common, they can easily be prevented with the right at-home oral hygiene habits. Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day and flossing daily will dramatically lower your risk of serious toothaches, severe infections, and even tooth loss!
Watch What & When You Eat & Drink
You probably already know that sugar is bad for your teeth, but did you know that an average of 57 pounds of added sugar is consumed every year in the US per person? In addition to all those sugary, cavity-causing sweets, hard foods and acidic drinks dramatically weaken your teeth and leave them vulnerable to sensitivity and decay. Instead, stick to foods rich in calcium, vitamin C, and fiber to boost your oral health. It’s also important to monitor how often you snack or sip throughout the day. Studies report that introducing small amounts of sugars and starches to your mouth over an extended period of time is worse for them than if you had done so all at once!
Protect Your Teeth When Playing Sports
Are you active or play sports? Do you grind your teeth in your sleep? If so, it’s time to talk to us about getting a custom-made mouthguard or nightguard. The Journal of the American Dental Association reports that up to 40% of all dental injuries are sports-related, so it’s essential that you wear a mouthguard to keep your teeth safe and intact. Similarly, a custom nightguard will protect your smile from the extra wear and tear of grinding your teeth while you’re asleep (which is a condition called bruxism). Investing in a high-quality mouthguard or nightguard can save you a tremendous amount of pain and money in the long run!
Use Tools, Not Teeth for Household Chores
Have you ever used your teeth for something other than eating? Many people use their teeth to open packages, trim their fingernails, or carry extra things. While this may seem like a convenient time saver in the moment, using your teeth as tools can suddenly cost you much more time and money visiting us with a chipped or broken tooth! What’s more, every time you use your teeth on something that isn’t food, the enamel is worn down and your teeth become weaker. Keep the right tools handy so that you’re not tempted to put your smile at risk.
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Will 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.
How Do I Treat a Toothache at Night?
If you don’t need an emergency appointment for your toothache, you may need to spend a night or two with dental pain. Here are some tips to help you sleep with tooth pain:
- Keep your head elevated
- Take over-the-counter pain relivers as directed
- Use a cold compress or ice pack to numb the area
- Avoid eating or drinking hot, cold, sweet, or acidic things before bed
Can 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.
How 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!
Can 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
What 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