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Emergency Dentist – Weatherford, TX

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man smilingDental injuries happen all the time, and they can be caused by just about anything, including sports or simply hitting a tooth on a glass. They can range from minor to catastrophic, but despite the differences, one thing remains the same: when one occurs, you need to seek out dental care as quickly as possible. This is the best way to relieve your pain and save your smile. So, if you’re in Weatherford and suddenly have a dental emergency, there’s only one thing you need to do: call Dr. Thomas Novak.

Dental injuries happen all the time, and they can be caused by just about anything, including sports or simply hitting a tooth on a glass. They can range from minor to catastrophic, but despite the differences, one thing remains the same: when one occurs, you need to seek out dental care as quickly as possible. This is the best way to relieve your pain and save your smile. So, if you’re in Weatherford and suddenly have a dental emergency, there’s only one thing you need to do: call Dr. Thomas Novak.

 

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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Dental emergencies will typically fall into one of two categories: sudden dental injury or infection that has developed over time. Our team is specially trained to handle a wide array of emergencies, and we’ll often be able to see you much faster than an emergency room or clinic. In the meantime, you can read our tips on how to handle the most common dental emergencies:

Toothaches

While a toothache may seem sudden, chances are that it’s caused by an infection that has developed due to poor dental hygiene. Your first step is to floss and rinse your mouth out with water to ensure that there’s not a piece of food stuck causing irritation. If the pain persists, call our office right away! We’ll see you as soon as possible, and we may have to perform a root canal to get you out of pain while saving your tooth. Until then, you can take over the counter pain medication and use a cold compress to make yourself more comfortable.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

A chipped or broken tooth can be painful, but it’s important to remain calm. Pick up any pieces of your tooth that you can and rinse them with water. If there is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the affected area. You can also use a cold compress on the side of your face to numb the pain. Once you’ve made yourself more comfortable, contact our office right away. In some cases, we may even have to extract your tooth to provide you with comfort if your dental structure is broken.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If your tooth gets knocked out, pick it up by the crown to avoid damaging the roots. Then, rinse it off and store it in milk or water to keep it moist. If you’re bleeding, use gauze to promote clotting. After you’re more comfortable, call our office and bring your tooth with you! The sooner you can get in, the more likely we’ll be able to successfully replant your tooth.

Lost Filling/Crown

A lost filling or crown can be incredibly uncomfortable because it exposes sensitive parts of the tooth. If this occurs, you can use dental cement to reattach the restoration. If you’re in a bind, you can even use sugarless gum to prevent sensitivity. After, call our office for a proper restoration.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Unfortunately, dental emergencies can never be completely prevented, however there are some steps you can take to minimize your chances of one occurring:

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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You may be wondering about the cost of a potential dental emergency. Unfortunately, without being able to examine your smile first, it’s hard to provide a precise estimate. That’s because Dr. Novak has a wide-range of services to treat a variety of emergencies, and they each have different costs. The best way to get an estimate is to visit our office. Dr. Novak will carefully examine your smile before developing a personalized treatment plan that includes price.

If you have any questions, or if you’re experiencing dental pain, call our office today!

 

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

Woman in pain needing an emergency dentist in Weatherford.

You might believe a dental emergency will never happen to you, but oral health issues that need urgent care are quite common. It’s normal to have several questions if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation; however, you don’t want to lose valuable time trying to figure out what to do. Instead, it’s best to contact your emergency dentist in Weatherford right away. We’ll walk you through first aid over the phone and schedule you for an appointment. While you wait, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we’re asked to take some of the uncertainty out of an already stressful day.

 

Should I go to the hospital or dentist?

Although hospitals can prescribe antibiotics and pain relievers, they can’t treat the underlying cause of your dental emergency, like a chipped or knocked out tooth. Instead, it’s best to see your emergency dentist unless you’re experiencing a medical issue, like trauma from an accident or fall.

Can I wait to see the dentist?

No one has time in their day for an unplanned trip to their dentist, but you shouldn’t delay getting the care you need. If you wait too long, you might lose your tooth. We understand your time is valuable. We can reduce the amount of time you’re in the dental chair using the latest technologies and treatments, like digital X-rays, a cone beam scanner, or a soft tissue laser. We’ll reinstate a healthy smile quickly, so you can get back to more important matters.

Is extracting my tooth the best choice?

Extracting a problematic tooth will eliminate the issue at the source. Although it might seem like the best solution, it opens the door to a new list of complications. Every tooth is essential to your oral health and functions. When even one is missing, you develop an increased risk of several concerns, like cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss. These can be quite costly to treat over time.

Instead, it’s better for your oral health and your wallet to save your tooth whenever possible. If you’re worried about a large bill, we will help you find the solutions you need to keep your care affordable.

How much does a dental emergency cost?

There isn’t a set fee for emergency dentistry because the price is determined by your specific treatment plan. We’ll provide you with an estimate during your initial consultation, and explain the costs associated with your treatment. Our office accepts several payment options, including traditional methods and third-party financing.

Can I use my dental insurance?

Every insurance plan differs, but most include coverage for emergency care. We will work on your behalf with your insurance company to file the necessary claims to maximize your annual benefits. A member of our team will explain how your policy is being used and if you owe a remaining balance. We will discuss your payment options to get the care you need without breaking the bank.

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