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What to Do During a Dental Emergency!

Emergency sign.When a dental emergency happens, you can bet it will be inconvenient and sometimes even scary! If you contact Distinguished Dental immediately to speak with a member of our team, we can help make your situation less stressful. Your emergency dentist in Fort Worth is committed to providing same-day urgent care for dental emergencies, so you can return to good oral health and well-being as quickly as possible.

Common Dental Emergencies We Can Help With

Woman experiencing dental pain. Even if you’re unsure that you’re experiencing a true dental emergency, our trusted emergency dentist always encourages patients to call right away because without prompt treatment, many oral health issues can become dramatically worse. Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat include:

Certain emergencies may require a visit to your local emergency room instead. For instance, if you think you might have broken your jaw, you need more advanced care than we can offer. Our team works with local emergency rooms regularly, and we’ll be happy to coordinate your oral and overall health care to restore your smile as quickly as possible. 

Other problems may not qualify as urgent emergencies but should still be handled in a timely manner. Our team will be happy to talk with you, especially if you have questions about whether or not your problem is urgent. If you need same-day care, we’re here for you, and if your health concern can wait, we’ll walk you through how to care for your smile over the phone to ensure no further damage occurs.

Handling Common Dental Emergencies

Man in the dental chair seeking pain relief. When you are experiencing a dental emergency, we will be happy to walk you through first aid you can perform at-home to prevent additional damage until you reach our office. Some of the basics you should remember for common emergencies include:

Frequently Asked Questions – Emergency Dentistry

Senior man talking to dentist about toothache

The moment a dental emergency occurs, your mind floods with a million questions. Where should I go for help? Can I make a same-day appointment? What could I have done to prevent this? Our team at Distinguished Dental understands how anxiety-inducing it can be, which is why we have listed a few frequently asked questions below. However, if you need immediate assistance, contact our office right away.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Emergency Visits?

Since each policy is unique, it is best to check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage pertaining to dental injuries. However, most plans will cover at least the exam and X-rays. From there, any necessary treatment may be eligible for coverage depending on the fine print on your policy, whether you’ve met your annual maximum, etc.

Do I Need an Extraction?

For Dr. McIntosh, our emergency dentist, saving your natural tooth is a top priority. So, just because you need urgent treatment, doesn’t necessarily mean you need to have an extraction! That being said, if the decay is severe and can no longer be treated with a filling or root canal therapy, then she may recommend removing the tooth to restore your oral health and pain-free smile. Either way, she will discuss each of your options extensively so you can confidently make the decision that is best for you.

How Can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?

From enamel erosion to decay, prevention is crucial when it comes to dentistry. Fortunately, you can prevent your teeth from injury by following the below best practices:

What Happens If My Toothache Goes Away?

When a once problematic tooth goes radio silent, your first reaction may be to turn on your happy music. But, before you do so, it is important to remember that decay and cavities cannot heal by themselves. On the contrary, a newly asymptomatic tooth often means the problem has gotten much worse. Therefore, make sure to contact our office right away if your toothache suddenly subsides.

Can I Be Seen the Same Day?

Dr. McIntosh and our team work extremely hard to help hurting smiles get fast, effective treatment. If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, give us a call right away so we can do our best to get you in.

What Should I Take for Pain Relief?

For long-term pain relief, you should visit our office so Dr. McIntosh can treat the root of the issue. However, if you have a few hours or days until your appointment, you can take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen. You can also swish with warm saltwater or apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek to alleviate swelling, prevent infection, and numb the area.

What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies are non-life-threatening injuries that require immediate treatment from a dentist to stop bleeding, alleviate pain, or save your tooth (like a knocked-out, cracked, or painful tooth). If you are ever unsure, don’t hesitate to give our knowledgeable team a call. From there, we can help you determine whether you need to come in for an urgent visit or if you can schedule one at your earliest convenience.

Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Fort Worth

Smiling man visiting the dentist.Even if you’ve never visited our office before, we are happy to help you during a dental emergency. You can call our office at any time, even if it’s outside of our regular hours, and you will receive directions for how to reach an on call representative. We’ll do our best to fit you in for an appointment right away and we look forward to helping you relieve pain and renew oral health as soon as possible.