Emergency Dentist for Irving
Let Us Help You Get Out of Pain… Fast!
If you’re experiencing severe mouth pain and/or have badly injured one or more teeth, the 21st Century Dental team will see you right away. After all, the last thing you need in a dire situation like this is to be told that your dentist can’t fit you in for another week! Here in Irving, our office environment is ideal for emergency cases – comfortable, attentive, and free of any unfair judgment. We simply want to help you regain a healthy, pain-free smile in record time. You don’t have to wait – contact us today!
Why Choose 21st Century Dental for Dental Emergencies?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments Available
- Open Early at 7 AM, Monday through Friday
- Team of Highly-Trained Dentists in One Location
Most Common Dental Emergencies
So what exactly counts as a dental emergency? Many patients aren’t sure when they call our practice. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the most common emergency situations that our team handles. If you fit into any of these categories, don’t wait to schedule an emergency appointment. Your smile needs help now.
- Dislodged tooth. This emergency may happen on a partial basis (where the tooth feels loose or out of place in the mouth) or as a full knock-out. If it’s the latter, do your best not to lose the tooth, as reattachment may be possible.
- Cracked, chipped, or fractured tooth.
- The loss of a temporary or permanent dental restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or filling.
- Serious tooth pain, which usually indicates an oral infection that will require root canal therapy to correct.
How to Handle a Dental Emergency
Does your tooth really, REALLY hurt? Try rinsing your mouth with warm water and using floss around the affected tooth, just to make sure there isn’t something stuck there that’s causing the pain. You can take aspirin or a different painkiller, but NEVER place it against the gum tissue near the tooth. It could cause burning.
Have you broken your tooth? Save any big pieces that have come loose. If you’re bleeding, get a piece of gauze and apply pressure to the area until it stops. Facial swelling may happen, but using a cold compress can help keep it to a minimum.
Have you knocked out your tooth? If you still have the tooth, try to put it back in its original socket and hold it there. If this isn’t possible, put it in a cup of milk or water with table salt. Keep the time in mind – your best chances for reattachment are if you’re able to get to our dental practice within one hour of the initial injury.
Are you experiencing heavy, sustained bleeding? Could your jaw be broken? These are severe, life-threatening situations that need to be addressed by medical doctors. Go to your nearest emergency room or call 911 if you can’t transport yourself.
Dental Care for Emergencies
We understand that dental emergencies can be a very frightening experience – that’s precisely why our team devotes plenty of time to these patients in order to help them feel genuinely safe and at ease in our Irving practice. 21st Century Dental features a comprehensive variety of advanced restorative services, an exceptionally knowledgeable team of dentists and staff, the latest in oral healthcare technology, and next-level amenities that will all be available to you during your urgent appointment. Rest assured that you will be in very good hands throughout the recovery process.
Stopping Dental Problems as Early as Possible
You can’t completely avoid dental emergencies, but there’s plenty you can do to reduce the risk and keep your smile as safe as possible. Being aware of the bad habits and situations that can lead to dental emergencies is the first step. Afterwards, it’s a matter of adopting the right habits and staying away from the wrong ones. Below are some examples of basic ways to avoid dental emergencies. Please get in contact with our office as soon as possible if you find yourself suffering from an emergency anyway.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Your biannual visits to 21st Century Dental are essential for prevention. Oral health issues that are the result of poor hygiene usually start small enough that you don’t even realize they’re there at first. However, if we find the warning signs early enough, we can intervene and treat the problem before it turns into a true emergency.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene at Home
The simplest habits can have the biggest impact. If you don’t brush and floss every day, you’re giving oral bacteria an invitation to accumulate on the enamel and the gum tissue, and that can easily lead to an infection if you’re not careful. Why put yourself through the pain and inconvenience of cavities and gum disease when you can avoid many of these issues simply by brushing and flossing on a regular basis? Be sure to use your toothbrush at least twice a day, and don’t forget to floss regularly to get between the teeth.
Stick to a Nutritious Diet
They say that “you are what you eat”, and that’s as true for your mouth as it is for any other part of your body. You’re probably already aware of how sugars and carbohydrates can lead to the buildup of the harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay. As such, it’s important to limit how much of these substances you’re consuming on a daily basis. Try to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables instead. Apples and carrots are particularly good choices because they help clean the teeth while you chew them, keeping your mouth as bacteria-free as possible during the day.
Wear a Mouthguard
You might get a mouthguard for multiple reasons. Some people might need it to protect their teeth and gums from accidents while they play football or another high-contact sport. Others might need a way to keep their teeth safe from unconscious grinding and clenching at night. In either case, a mouthguard can go a long way towards protecting your teeth from becoming broken or worn down over time.
Use Tools to Open Packages, Not Your Teeth
It can be tempting to use your teeth to tear open packages, but this can have more of an impact on your teeth than you might think. Anytime you bite down on something inedible, you’re putting unnecessary strain on your teeth that could lead to chips and cracks. It’s worth taking the time to find some scissors or another tool instead of putting your teeth at needless risk.
Cost of Dental Emergencies
How much is it going to cost to fix your smile? That question may not even enter your mind until you’re already in our office being examined, but sooner or later you’ll find yourself wondering about the financial impact of your dental emergency. We’ll answer any questions you have about the costs related to your treatment, and we’ll work alongside your insurance company to help you save as much money as possible on your care.
What Factors Influence the Cost of Emergency Care?
Aside from the natural differences that can come up as a result of the location of the practice (since cost of living tends to influence how much dentists charge for their services), there are a number of factors we’ll have to take into account before we can determine the price of your care. Different emergencies require different restorative services, and naturally the costs for our different treatments will vary quite a bit. In addition, dental insurance coverage tends to be higher for simpler restorative services; for more complex treatments, the amount you can expect to pay out of pocket will likely be higher. And of course, each insurance carrier will have their own coverage rates for each service.
What are My Financial Options?
We are in-network with Delta Dental, meaning that we’ve agreed to set our fees for our services at a pre-negotiated rate. Our pediatric dentist is also in-network with a number of other PPO plans. Patients with out-of-network carriers can still save on their care, but we recommend that you confirm that we accept your plan long before you need emergency care. Also, in cases where you are unable to comfortably meet the entire cost of your care up front, we can walk you through the process of applying for a custom CareCredit plan.
Importance of Scheduling a Consultation
Emergency consultations are your best chance of having a dental issue properly diagnosed while also getting an estimate of how much it will cost to treat. Don’t delay your consultation for too long; a true dental emergency will always get worse the longer you ignore it, and the cost of treatment will only go up as the problem becomes more severe and difficult to deal with. Never let the fear of the cost keep you from getting dental care when you need it the most; call our office immediately to schedule a consultation when it’s needed most.
Dental Emergency FAQs
At 21st Century Dental, our specialized team of professionals want to ensure you receive the highest level of quality care, especially when you need it most. When a dental emergency occurs, it is important that you have the tools and information needed to handle a situation calmly until you are able to visit our office. Unfortunately, while some accidents can be prevented, dental emergencies have a way of happening at inopportune times. To make sure you are prepared, review the following list of dental emergency FAQs. Should you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact our office.
What is considered a dental emergency?
What you might consider as something harmless or minor might actually be damaging to your oral health. While the pain from a toothache may be something you can handle with over-the-counter pain medication, there are other ways to tell if what you are experiencing constitutes an “emergency.”
If you notice any of the following signs or exhibit these symptoms, call our office immediately:
- Knocked-out tooth
- Cracked or broken tooth
- Severe pain
- Oral sores
- Loose or lost crown or filling
At 21st Century Dental, we offer same-day emergency appointments. If we are unable to see you immediately, rest assured that our team will evaluate the situation based on the information you provide and walk you through the steps to care for your emergency at home until we can see you in our office.
How do I know if I need to go to the hospital or the dentist?
This is a difficult question for many people, as the hospital is the obvious go-to location for emergencies. Only in situations of uncontrollable bleeding, broken or fractured jaw, severe abscess or infection do you need to visit your ER immediately. Otherwise, your dentist will be the best person to officially diagnose and treat your injury. Not only do they have the expertise and specialization, but they can offer more personalized treatment than the hospital.
When is a root canal necessary?
Your tooth hurts, and it’s not because of a sinus infection or lodged food. You’ve taken over-the-counter pain medication, but it’s not helping. What do you do? If the pain in your tooth has reached the inner layer known as the pulp, it means the tooth is decayed or infected. The only way to find relief is to have a root canal. This procedure will safely and effectively remove the infection and eliminate the severe pain you’re experiencing.
Will my insurance cover dental emergencies?
Everyone’s insurance plan is different, so to offer a “yes” or “no” is impossible. It’s best if you review your dental insurance policy to see what it states about dental emergencies. If you are unsure of what to look for or are having trouble finding the right information, don’t hesitate to ask one of our staff members for help. We are happy to assist in reviewing your coverage and further explain what is and what is not covered by your insurance company. We will also file any claims to ensure that you get the most out of your insurance benefits and minimize any of your out-of-pocket costs.