- Kayla Bolivar
Stop Your Pain with a Same-Day Appointment
You can never tell when a dental emergency is going to happen to you. Although you never expect to find yourself in this situation, it is more common than you might believe. 1 in 6 Americans faces one every year. Often, they occur without any warning from an accident or injury to the face or mouth. Other times, they are the result of an issue that has been brewing undetected, like a cavity.
Whatever the cause, our team here at Legacy Dental SA is here to stop your pain with a same-day appointment and quick, effective treatments. If you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call us right away!
Why Choose Legacy Dental SA for Emergency Dental Care?
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What to Expect in a Dental Emergency
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
Sensitivity to Hot & Cold
Lost Filling or Crown
Gums, Lips or Tongue Injury
Jaw Pain or Clenching
Something Stuck Between Teeth
Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies
It may be tempting to delay getting the care you need because you fear the cost of an emergency visit. However, we’re here to assure you that there is nothing to worry about. Emergency dental exams themselves are relatively inexpensive. The cost of your treatment will depend entirely on what type of treatment you need. After all we use everything from fillings and antibiotics to root canal therapy, gum disease treatment, and more depending on the situation! Thankfully, no matter what service you need to get your oral health back on track, there are a variety of ways we can help make your care affordable. Call us today to learn more about what insurance plans we accept, your financing options through CareCredit, and the details of our in-house savings plan.
Every Dental Emergency is Different
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
Dental insurance providers understand that accidents happen, so many of them cover at least one emergency exam per year. Additionally, they’ll typically offer partial coverage for services that are commonly associated with hurting teeth, like root canal therapy or tooth extractions.
Our practice is in-network with several dental insurance policies and has years of experience maximizing patients’ benefits. We’ll do everything we can to help you make the most of your coverage.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
If you don’t have insurance, don’t worry – we have other ways of helping you fit the cost of your emergency care into your budget. For one, we can work with you to apply for financing through CareCredit. This company lets you break up the cost of your care into monthly payments, many of which come with low to no interest.
Alternatively, you can sign up for our in-house Dental Wellness Plan. For a flat annual fee, you can receive FREE preventive care, as well as one complimentary emergency exam per year as needed. You’ll even get a 20% discount on most of our other services. Plus, you won’t have to worry about any deductibles, annual maximums, or waiting periods!
Taking Care of Your Smile Can Reduce Your Dental Bills
While some dental emergencies are random accidents, many of them occur as a result of infection or damage that has been building up for weeks or months. Investing in good at-home oral hygiene and routine dental checkups and cleanings can prevent these issues and potentially save you thousands of dollars in urgent dental care over the years.
It’s also crucial that you contact an emergency dentist in North Central San Antonio as soon as possible after a problem arises. Even if you’re worried about the potential price, keep in mind that the costs will generally increase the longer you put off treatment. For example, getting an aching tooth looked at right away could mean the difference between saving your tooth with a root canal and having to extract and replace the tooth altogether!
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene at Home
Stick to a Nutritious Diet
Wear a Mouthguard
Use Tools, Not Teeth to Open Packaging
Dental Emergency FAQ’s
While it’s rare for a dental emergency to warrant a trip to the emergency room, there are some situations that require it. Here are three examples of problems that need care from the ER:
- Acute Jaw Pain – If you’ve received a blow to the face or you’ve had a bad fall, and there is resulting jaw pain, it could be a sign of a fracture or dislocation. In such a case, keep your jaw as immobile as possible and head to the emergency room.
- Excessive Bleeding – A typical response to oral bleeding is to gently apply or bite down on a cotton gauze in the affected area. If this is unsuccessful and bleeding continues for more than 10 minutes, then visit the emergency room.
- Trouble Swallowing or Breathing — Swelling in the mouth can be a sign of a serious oral infection that we can treat with antibiotics typically. However, if the swelling is so severe that it’s making it difficult to swallow or breathe, go straight to your local ER.
No form of dental trauma should ever be ignored. Although a brief ease in the pain sensation may give a false sense of security, the problem won’t just go away. Worse, by ignoring it, you run the risk of an even greater catastrophe soon occurring.
By paying either Dr. Eck or Dr. Sage a visit, you can have the peace-of-mind of knowing that there will be no re-emerging problems to knock you off balance in the future.