We all hope to avoid dental emergencies. However, if one should occur, you want your dentist to be there for you right away. At Jayson D. Voto, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we do our best to always see emergency patients the same day that they call in. Our goal is to get you out of pain and restore your tooth so you can continue business as usual. For quality dental care when you need it most, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Jayson D. Voto, DDS !
In addition to his 12 years of experience as a general dentist, Dr. Voto also has something that you won’t find at many other offices in the area—state-of-the-art technology. Using digital X-rays and intraoral cameras, he’s able to find, diagnose, and treat dental problems as quickly and efficiently as possible, which is especially useful when you’re talking about an emergency! With him, you can trust that he’ll get you out of pain as fast as possible and make sure your emergency won’t pop up again in the future.
Many patients are tempted to head straight to the emergency room during a dental emergency, but this often leads to them spending hours in the waiting room. At our practice, we work to see emergencies right away and provide urgent care so that absolutely no one is ever left waiting in pain. This is the kind of convenience and prompt service that can make a big difference both in a patient’s experience as well as their treatment outcome, as some issues require immediate attention.
There is an unlimited number of situations that can happen in life and lead to a dental emergency. You may experience a sudden accident or injury that results in a broken or knocked out tooth, or a toothache or tooth sensitivity may develop slowly over time due to poor oral hygiene. If you are experiencing pain, damage, or any other concerning symptoms in your mouth, don’t hesitate to contact us right away. We’ll help assess the urgency of your situation over the phone, schedule your appointment accordingly, and walk you through what you need to do next. Below, you’ll find important information about some of the most common dental emergencies we treat, including how to handle them at home and how we will likely treat them when you arrive for your appointment.
Unfortunately, you can’t stop every single dental emergency from occurring, but many are avoidable by doing the following:
If you follow these tips, you’ll be much less likely to experience the pain, inconvenience, and hassle of a dental emergency.
Until we can get a detailed look at your dental emergency, we won’t know for sure what your dental costs will be. Following our exam, we’ll recommend a treatment plan that breaks down the services best able to address your symptoms. We’ll always inform you of the estimated costs beforehand and help make your care as affordable as we can. Keep in mind that visiting the dentist for a dental emergency is relatively affordable compared to a medical one, so you shouldn’t put off the professional attention you need because of cost alone.
While some dental emergencies can be relatively simple to treat, this isn’t always the case. In other circumstances, you may need more complex treatment. Depending on the emergency, multiple appointments may be necessary (i.e. root canal therapy, gum disease treatment etc.) We’ll break down all available treatment options for you during your visit so you can make an educated decision about your care. Our top priority is getting you out of discomfort as soon as you arrive, whether your emergency is minor or severe.
In most cases, dental emergencies receive some form of coverage from an insurance plan. For example, it’s very common for at least one annual emergency exam to be included, but other services to treat dental emergencies can vary. Common examples of treatments that receive partial coverage include root canal therapy, dental crowns, and extractions, which can fluctuate between 80% and 50%. Every plan is different, though, so you’ll want to look over your plan’s details. This includes your yearly annual maximum, which could impact how much you’ll need to pay out-of-pocket.
Keep in mind that preventive care, including exams and cleanings, are often covered 100% by insurance benefits. For that reason, you’ll want to stay on top of them to reduce your risk of dental emergencies.
There are other options available to you if dental insurance is not something you currently have (or want to pay for) at this time. This includes third-party financing, which can also be very helpful if your insurance plan won’t cover the entire cost of your care. CareCredit allows you to pay for treatments in monthly installments over a longer period of time, often with little to no interest attached.
Sometimes a dental emergency can be unavoidable, especially after a bad fall. However, there are ways to reduce your risk considerably since most dental emergencies occur as a result of untreated (or unknown) infection or damage. By investing in regular dental appointments as well as good at-home oral care, you can not only prevent dental disease and discomfort but save big on restorative and emergency dentistry.
The moment you become aware of a toothache or other dental concern, don’t sit on it. Call us and we’ll get you scheduled for an appointment! After all, it could mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth.
When facing a dental emergency, it’s natural to have concerns. (After all, urgent tooth care isn’t something you need every day!) We at Voto Family & Cosmetic Dentistry want to do everything possible to address them. Therefore, below are some answers to frequently asked questions on dental emergencies. Ideally, they’ll keep you well-informed about how to handle your issue.
If the question or answer you’re looking for isn’t listed, don’t panic. Instead, feel free to contact us and ask for further details. Your emergency dentist in Owasso will be happy to reply!
While it might sound natural, it isn’t a great idea to visit an emergency room for a dental emergency. Hospital ERs, you see, aren’t effective at handling urgent oral problems. Even at their best, most can only offer painkillers or antibiotics for tooth troubles. They wouldn’t be able to solve your underlying issue.
Still, there are exceptions. You’d want to visit an ER if your emergency involves one (or more) of the following:
If the conditions above don’t apply, though, you should visit a dentist first.
In most cases, toothaches don’t fade away on their own. (They can be rather persistent, in fact.) As such, you’d be wise to book a dental visit if and when you get one.
By letting a dentist examine you, they can confirm if your toothache signals something serious. Tooth pain can have various causes, after all, and you should get urgent ones treated before things worsen. At the very least, a dentist could confirm if your toothache is mild and will naturally ease up.
While it’s okay to rinse a knocked-out tooth with water, you shouldn’t place it directly in the liquid.
You see, water can damage the root surface cells of teeth if given enough time. Therefore, over-exposure could ruin the chance of your tooth getting placed back in its socket.
Instead of water, try to place your tooth in its original socket. Otherwise, please put it in milk or a saline solution to keep it moist.
It’s best to have a dental emergency kit in case of sudden tooth troubles. That way, you can better manage things until you can see a dentist.
Items you should keep in such a kit include the following: