Emergency Dentistry – Edmonton, AB
Getting You the Fast, Pain-Relieving Care You Need
Dental emergencies always seem to happen at moments when you least expect them, making them shocking and difficult to handle. That’s why we recommend that our patients keep our number programmed in their phone, so you can reach us in a moment’s notice. When you call, our team will provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance and schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible for emergency dentistry in Edmonton, AB.
Why Choose Sherbrooke Family Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Appointments for Emergency Patients
- Oral Conscious Sedation Available
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
It can be hard to think clearly in an emergency situation. When you call us, we’ll make sure that you take all of the proper steps and measures to reduce your risk of causing additional damage to your smile. We also schedule same-day emergency appointments for our patients in need of emergency care, so you won’t have to worry about sitting around in pain and wondering how bad the damage really is. Below, we’ve outlined some helpful advice for you to take as you’re making your way to our dental office.
Toothaches are often a result of infections hidden deep below the enamel of your teeth. To clean the area, rinse your mouth with warm salt water. To help with your pain, you can take an over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen, or place a cold compress on the outside of your mouth for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off.
If you’re able to locate the broken-off piece of your tooth, pick it up, rinse it off, and store it in a safe container to bring with you to your appointment. If the damage has created a jagged or sharp edge on your tooth, you can place a piece of orthodontic wax over it to keep it from scraping or irritating your oral tissues.
Time is of the essence, so quickly pick up your tooth, being sure to only handle it by the biting surface, and gently rinse it under a cool stream of water. To keep it viable, store it in a sealable container of milk or saline and bring it to your appointment.
If you’re able to locate your restoration, pick it up and clean it under a stream of tap water. You can temporarily place it back on your damaged tooth using a dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive. Remember that this is only a temporary solution, and in order to prevent an infection from developing, you’ll need to visit us in a timely manner so we can repair or replace your filling or crown.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While it’s impossible to completely prevent dental emergencies, there are some ways that you can significantly reduce your risk of experiencing one. These include:
- Maintaining a nutritious diet
- Staying hydrated with water
- Avoiding chewing on sticky and hard foods
- Breaking bad oral habits like nail-biting and smoking
- Regularly brushing and flossing at home
Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry
Before we can outline the details of the cost of your emergency treatment, we’ll need to first find out how to fix the issue that’s causing you pain or discomfort. We won’t be able to do this until we’ve conducted a thorough examination of your mouth. Based on our findings, we’ll then outline a custom treatment plan for you and walk you through insurance coverage and financing options. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask one of our professionals.
No Two Dental Emergencies Are the Same
The cost of a dental emergency varies on numerous factors, but the initial visit with an emergency dentist is actually relatively inexpensive. During this appointment, our team will take the time to assess your oral health and determine what further treatment you need to restore your smile. Until you come to our practice to have the issue examined, it is nearly impossible to predict the overall cost. Some of the more common solutions to dental emergencies include the following:
- Root canal therapy
- Dental crowns
- TMJ treatment
- And more!
You can have peace-of-mind knowing that our committed team will thoroughly explain our findings, recommended treatment plan, and the estimated cost ahead of time so you aren’t met with any unnecessary surprises.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
Most of the time, dental insurance plans offer some form of coverage for dental emergency situations. In some plans, at least one yearly emergency exam may be fully covered, while common services associated with tooth pain, like root canal therapy and extractions, can receive partial coverage, anywhere from 50% to 80%. It’s important to note that every plan is different and yearly maximums usually come into effect. Before committing to treatment, confirm what is covered with your insurance company. Our team is happy to help you in the process!
Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save Your Wallet
Not all dental emergencies are in your control. For instance, unexpected, unavoidable accidents can occur. However, by taking some preventive measures, many oral health issues can be avoided, and you can save thousands of dollars over the years.
Always be on the lookout for changes in your mouth. New oral pain or visible changes can indicate that there is an issue that needs to be addressed. By taking care of dental problems immediately, you can prevent them from becoming serious and turning into an emergency. The longer you wait, the more the issue is likely to cost. For example, by coming to the practice for root canal therapy now, you may be able to avoid the cost and hassle of needing and extraction and replacement tooth later on. You can save yourself discomfort, time, and money!
Are you experiencing jaw tenderness, nightly teeth grinding, or lockjaw? These are all signs that you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD. We offer multiple therapy options, such as BOTOX injections and occlusal adjustments, to help relieve stress from your jaw joints and address the underlying cause of your condition. To learn more, contact our dental office today to schedule an appointment.