Emergency Dentist – Sherman, TX
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Have you accidentally knocked out a tooth? Did you chip one of your pearly whites by taking a tumble while out for a run? Are you panicking because of a lost dental crown or filling? Dental emergencies can happen at the most inopportune time, and they can range in severity. Fortunately, we offer emergency dental care, so you never feel as if you’re facing a situation on your own. Call us today to talk with our emergency dentist in Sherman, TX about what you should do when faced with a sudden dental crisis and need help.
Why Choose Grant E. & Mark A. Smith DDS for Emergency Dentistry?
- Dental Insurance Welcome & Financing Available
- Same-Day Emergency Care
- Innovative Technologies for More Comfortable Experience
How We Treat Dental Emergencies
- Call to schedule an appointment – The first step you must take is to call our dental office to let us know what has happened. We will survey the severity over the phone and determine how quickly we can see you. We’ll also provide helpful tips to help manage the pain while at home.
- Undergo a thorough examination – When in our dental office, a member of our team will take digital images and examine your mouth to evaluate the damaged area.
- Review findings – Once we review our findings, our team will formulate a treatment plan that focuses on addressing the problem and helping to get your smile back on track.
- Treat the problem and eliminate the pain – After agreeing to the proposed plan, we will get to work to eliminate any pain you’re experiencing as well as provide restorative care to fix the issue and give you back your smile.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
Not all injuries are considered dental emergencies; however, this may not be easy to determine if you’re not a dentist. This is why we invite you to call our dental office should you suspect something serious or if pain is an issue. Below, you will find a list of the various types of emergencies we handle in-house so that you know where to turn when problems arise.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies
Only when you see us for an appointment can we determine the cost of your emergency dentistry. These injuries can range from mild to severe, and each has its own unique method of treatment. And because no two patients are alike, it is necessary that we evaluate your smile before giving a cost breakdown. Once we can explain how much you can expect your treatment to cost, we’ll work to maximize your dental insurance benefits as well as go over financing options to help lower any out-of-pocket expenses.
Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies
Not all dental emergencies are preventable, but many can be avoided by simply adopting a few key practices, such as:
- Maintaining good oral hygiene at home by brushing, flossing, and rinsing
- Keeping six-month dental checkups and cleanings to ensure your dentist is pleased with your oral health
- Wearing a mouthguard to minimize potential teeth grinding while sleeping or possible damage while playing sports
- Eating healthy foods and snacks instead of those loaded with sugar and starch
- Seeking immediate treatment when pain, swelling, or bleeding occur
Root Canal Treatment
The pulp is the innermost layer of a tooth. When it becomes damaged or decayed, it will likely cause much pain as well as put you at risk for worsening oral health. By performing a root canal, our team can remove the infected pulp and clear out nearby canals while avoiding the potential for tooth extraction. Through this process, you can keep your natural tooth for longer and avoid the high costs of tooth replacement.
When dental crowns and root canals prove unsuccessful, the only option left to consider is tooth extraction. Although this is never the first option for our team to recommend, it is a necessary step when teeth are severely decayed or damaged and cannot be fixed by any other means. Should this procedure be necessary, you can rest assured that we will ensure your safety and comfort before, during, and after your tooth removal.
Dental Emergency FAQs
Dealing with the unknown during a dental emergency situation can be stressful and scary, but with the right preparation, you can act quickly and efficiently to minimize damage to your smile and ease discomfort. To help make this the case the next time you have an urgent oral health issue, our team has outlined some of the most common questions we receive below, along with our answers.
Do emergency dental appointments cost more?
Generally, emergency dental appointments have a higher cost than your average visit. In addition, reventive visits are typically covered at a higher rate by dental insurance plans because of their emphasis on oral health maintenance. Because of this, you may need to pay more out-of-pocket based on your plan’s outlined benefits.
I have a bump on my gums—can I pop it?
The short and sweet answer to this is “No!” Under no circumstances should you attempt to pop a dental abscess, which looks like a pimple-like bump, on your gums. This can expose your mouth to more bacteria, cause increased irritation and pain, and lead to generally worsening oral hygiene. Instead, call our office immediately to keep the infection from spreading and avoid needing more invasive treatments.
Can I repair my broken dentures with superglue?
Dentures can become broken, chipped, and damaged for a variety of reasons, but never in any situation should you attempt to repair them yourself. Not only could the materials you have access to be toxic and result in allergic reactions, like superglue, but also because the repairs won’t last and could cause irritation and sores on the gums.
Our team can help repair or replace your dentures in a timely manner to ensure you don’t have to go any longer than necessary without your complete set of pearly whites.
Do I need to visit the emergency dentist for a chipped tooth?
Chipped teeth don’t typically require same-day emergency treatment unless the chip involves the nerve of the tooth. It is normal to have slight sensitivity in the area of a chipped tooth. However, if you see bleeding or severe pain once a tooth is chipped this may indicate the nerve is involved and would likely require emergency treatment.
It is important to have dental damage repaired in a timely manner to ensure bacteria doesn’t penetrate the underlying layers of your tooth, leading to issues like infections.
If you have a minor chip in your tooth, call us to schedule an evaluation so we can examine the extent of the damage and offer appropriate solutions. We’ll likely suggest cosmetic bonding, which is a fast and cost-effective way to repair small chips. It requires minimal alteration of your natural dental structure and can last for several years with proper care.