An emergency dentist is still a regular dentist that works in an office that has the ability to help with emergencies. This might mean that the office is open for 24 hours as a walk-in-clinic without an appointment or that the dentist will meet you at the office when you need to be seen. If you aren’t sure where to go for an emergency visit, you can call your regular dentist and he may be able to recommend an associate that can help you. Depending on the number of emergencies that day, there still may be a wait time at the office.
Reasons To Visit An Emergency Dentist
There are several reasons to visit an emergency dentist. They include, but are not limited to:
- Knocked Out Teeth: If one of your teeth is knocked out of your mouth, you need to act quickly. Hold the tooth by the crown or the top and rinse it off gently. Do not touch the root and do not scrub the tooth. If possible, try to put the tooth back into the socket and bite down while keeping it in place. If the tooth will not stay in, take it out, put it in a cup of milk and call the emergency dentist. The sooner you are seen, the better the chance of being able to keep your tooth. If you have a tooth that is loose or not in the proper position, you should still go to the office.
- A swollen face from a dental infection
- Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth: A chipped tooth is usually not an emergency. but a cracked or broken tooth could be more serious and painful. Call and describe the injury to your local dental office and they should know if you need to come in immediately or not.
- Heavy bleeding from the mouth
- Infection or an abscess in the mouth
- Severe mouth pain
- Gums with bulges or swelling
Will An Emergency Dentist Extract Teeth?
If needed, your emergency dentist can remove teeth. Tooth extractions are needed for different reasons, but the most common is tooth decay. Gum disease or an accident that causes damage to the mouth can also be reasons to remove a tooth. The most common teeth extracted are the wisdom teeth. When wisdom teeth come in, they have a tendency to only partially break through the gum and collect bacteria which turns into decay. Depending on how complicated the situation is, your emergency dentist may need to refer you to an oral surgeon that is a specialist in wisdom teeth removal.
How Much Does Emergency Dental Service Cost?
Some dental insurances may not cover all dental emergencies, so it is important to be aware of what the procedure might end up costing you.
The cost of a root canal depends on which tooth needs the work done. A front tooth can cost $700-$900, a bicuspid can cost $800-$950, and a molar can cost up to$1000-$1200.
For a tooth extraction that is non-surgical, the cost is from $75-$300. If you need anesthesia to have the tooth removed, the cost ranges from $200-$600.
The material used for a cavity filling will affect the price. A porcelain and silver amalgam filling will give you a better surface for chewing and will cost about $110-200 for each tooth. If the filling is a resin-based composite filling, the cost will be $135-$240.
Porcelain crowns will take two visits for the fit and cost from $1200-$1500 per crown. Metal crowns are more common for the molars and cost $1200-$1400.
If you have the time, call around your area and get a better idea of the exact cost. If you have insurance, call and see which procedures they cover completely and the ones where they will only pay part of the cost.
The best way to prevent a visit to the emergency dentist is to visit your regular dentist at least twice a year. You also should be brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Look into using a mouth guard when you participate in sports such as basketball, martial arts, and soccer. If there is a chance of you getting hit or kicked in the mouth, you should take precautions. Do not chew on hard candies, ice cubes or other hard objects.