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No one ever plans to have a dental emergency, but 1 in 6 Americans will experience one this year alone. That’s why we recommend putting Bluebonnet Dental’s number in your phone right now. That way, should you or a loved one develop a toothache or dental injury, you can contact us right away, and we’ll work to see you as quickly as possible for emergency dentistry in Houston, TX. Unlike the ER, we’re usually able to handle urgent dental situations immediately so that no one ever has to wait for relief.
Why Choose Bluebonnet Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Dentist with 15+ Years of Experience
- Same-Day Appointments Available
- Named a Top Dentist in Texas by Newsweek Magazine
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
What counts as a dental emergency? Basically, if you or someone else is experiencing out-of-the-ordinary oral symptoms (like pain), you should go ahead and give us a call. Being overly cautious is better than waiting and allowing a problem to become worse! On the phone, we’ll let you know what to do and determine whether or not you should come see us right away. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do on your own to handle the most common issues.
Often, a toothache is caused by a piece of food being lodged between the teeth, so the first thing you should do is rinse and floss the area. If the pain continues, go ahead and take an over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen. For the worst toothaches, we can usually take care of them right away with root canal therapy.
Take some gauze and apply a small amount of pressure to stop any bleeding. Recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can find and place them in a safe container. We’re able to repair broken teeth in most cases, but sometimes, the only option left may be to extract the tooth.
Ideally, you should come see us within an hour or so of the accident, which will give us the best possible chance of replanting the tooth. Pick it up while only touching the crown (the part you can see when you smile), gently rinse it off, and place it under the tongue. The tooth must remain moist to keep it alive.
Lost Filling/Dental Crown
While this type of problem might not cause any pain initially, it’s still wise to come see us to get a repair right away so the exposed tooth doesn’t develop any sensitivity or decay. Before you can see us, try to place the restoration back onto the tooth, securing it with a dab of toothpaste if needed.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Wear a mouthguard every time you participate in sports, no matter the game.
- Preserve your teeth and don’t chew on items like ice, pens, pencils, popcorn kernels, etc.
- Don’t use your teeth to open packages, bottles, or remove tags from clothing.
- Brush and floss every day to stop infections before they happen.
- Visit Bluebonnet Dental of Houston at least twice a year for a checkup—routine exams allow us to catch problems early before they can turn into an emergency.
Understanding the Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of emergency dental treatment will vary from patient to patient, depending on the type and extent of their injury as well as what procedure is necessary to address it. In general, coming to see us sooner rather than later is the best way to reduce the pain, damage, and cost associated with an unexpected dental issue. We’re happy to work with dental insurance and offer financing options to make this type of treatment easily affordable.
Every Dental Emergency is Different
When facing a dental emergency, you cannot expect your treatment to be the same as someone else. Every situation is different, which is why you will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Barker to determine the type of treatment you need as well as how much you can expect to pay for your unexpected injury. By carefully evaluating your situation, we can formulate a plan to address your problem as well as provide a cost estimate for you.
Typically, the most common forms of treatment range from antibiotics, a custom dental crown, root canal therapy, or tooth extraction.
Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money
You cannot assume that you can prevent all dental injuries, especially those that are sustained on the athletic field, court, or track. However, there are ways to avoid certain dental emergencies as long as you make a commitment to better oral hygiene. Toothaches not caused by lodged pieces of food are typically due to neglected brushing, flossing, and rinsing. As a result, an infection can develop inside the tooth or gum tissue, resulting in increased pain and severe problems that can impact your oral and overall health.
By being mindful of your oral hygiene routine, eating healthier foods, and maintaining regular dental checkups and cleanings throughout the year, you can decrease your risk for serious oral health problems and keep more money in your pocket by avoiding the emergency dentist.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
If you have a dental insurance policy, your visit will likely be covered partially or in full. Some companies offer clients one emergency exam each year; however, this is not always the case, which is why you’ll want to check with your insurer long before you experience a dental injury. If you do have available coverage, the percentage your insurance company will agree to pay will be based on the type of treatment you need. After meeting your deductible and determining your annual maximum, you can expect your insurer to cover 50-80% of the total cost.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
If you are concerned that your dental insurance company will not cover the entire cost of your emergency treatment, do not worry. Our team at Bluebonnet Dental of Houston is here to help you navigate the process to make it seamless and stress-free. You’ll be pleased to learn that we work closely with CareCredit, which is a third-party financing company that offers low and no interest payment plans for individuals on a budget. By breaking up the cost of your treatment, you can better plan for your care.
The team at Bluebonnet Dental is ready to provide you with immediate assistance should you face a dental emergency. From helping you understand the cost of your treatment to finding ways to maximize your benefits, you can count on us to be by your side. If you have questions or concerns, we invite you to contact us today.
Do you experience persistent jaw pain or chronic headaches? If so, then you may have a problem with your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint. This is your main jaw joint, and factors such as injury, arthritis, and a misaligned bite can lead to muscle tension and strain that can affect the mouth, head, and neck. If you frequently have orofacial pain, and other doctors haven’t been able to help, contact Bluebonnet Dental of Houston. If you have a TMJ disorder (TMD), Dr. Barker can use a small oral appliance to realign your bite and provide long-term relief.