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Emergency Dentist – McKinney, TX

Here For You During Your Most Stressful Moments

Are you or a loved one experiencing a serious dental emergency? Maybe your son tripped down the stairs and cracked a tooth, or maybe some mild oral discomfort has gradually turned into severe, distracting pain. At OakBrook Dental & Orthodontics, our doctors know how important it is to find relief as soon as possible in these panic-inducing situations. That’s why we make time to see you or your family member as soon as possible. In fact, we strive to bring you in on the same day as your original call! All you have to do is contact us here in McKinney.

Are you or a loved one experiencing a serious dental emergency? Maybe your son tripped down the stairs and cracked a tooth, or maybe some mild oral discomfort has gradually turned into severe, distracting pain. At OakBrook Dental & Orthodontics, our doctors know how important it is to find relief as soon as possible in these panic-inducing situations. That’s why we make time to see you or your family member as soon as possible. In fact, we strive to bring you in on the same day as your original call! All you have to do is contact us here in McKinney.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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During a stressful dental emergency situation, it can be difficult to think clearly. Fortunately, the only step you need to take for help is to contact our office as soon as possible. We’ll provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance and schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible.

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Toothaches

If you’re experiencing a severe toothache that’s keeping you up at night, then it’s likely a sign of a tooth infection hidden deep beneath the surface of your enamel. To help combat the discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or place a cold compress on the area for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off, for up to an hour at a time.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Even if the damage to your tooth isn’t causing you pain, it’s vital to visit your emergency dentist in McKinney in order to prevent additional damage from occurring. If the area of your tooth that has broken off and caused a jagged edge, then you can place a piece of sugar-free gum or orthodontic wax over the area to prevent irritation to your oral tissues.

Knocked-Out Tooth

In this situation, time is of the essence, and you’ll need to visit our office within an hour of the accident to increase our chances of being able to successfully replant the tooth in its original socket. Be sure to retrieve your tooth off the ground by only handling it by the biting surface. After you gently rinse any dirt off, place it in a sealable container of milk or salt water to keep it viable until you reach our office.

Lost Filling/Crown

You can temporarily replace your restoration or cover your damaged tooth, but it’s important to visit our office so we can replace or repair your crown or filling and prevent additional damage. In the meantime, try to locate your restoration and rinse it under water. You can re-attach it to your tooth using a small dab of denture adhesive or a piece of sugar-free gum.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Although you can’t completely avoid experiencing a dental emergency, there are some ways that you can reduce your risk. Some of these include:

  • Maintaining good oral hygiene at home.
  • Visiting our office every six months for checkups and cleanings.
  • Wearing a protective mouthguard while playing contact sports.
  • Protecting teeth from harmful habits such as teeth grinding.

Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry

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Keep in mind the costs will largely vary depending on the type and severity of your dental emergency. Our goal at OakBrook Dental & Orthodontics is to make your dental treatments as easy as possible to understand, especially when it’s time to pay for care. As we solidify your treatment plan, we’ll break down the costs of addressing your dental emergency, go over insurance benefits, and create a plan that fits within your budget.

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Dental Emergencies are Unique (and What That Means)

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When you visit a dentist for an emergency, you’ll find that the visit is relatively affordable. Our team will start by examining your needs and figuring out what treatment you require to get you feeling normal again. The only way to know for sure how much you’ll need to pay is by completing a detailed exam of the problem at hand. With that said, the most common solutions to your dental emergency may include the following:

  • Root canal therapy
  • Tooth extractions
  • Dental crowns
  • and other services!

No matter what we determine, we’ll also explain our findings in great detail so you understand why we recommend a specific treatment plan. You’ll also be told what your costs will be ahead of time so you aren’t caught by surprise.

How Caring for Your Smile Saves You Money

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Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them, but they most often occur due to a dental infection that was left unaddressed or forced trauma suffered from a bad fall or sporting injury. When you maintain a routine dental checkup and brush and floss every day at home, you can prevent the majority of dental emergencies and save hundreds (and even thousands) of dollars a year!

Furthermore, the moment you notice something is wrong, whether it be dental pain, swollen gums or a damaged tooth, call us! The sooner you get in touch, the less money you’ll likely need to pay compared to waiting. For example, your damaged tooth may only need a root canal to be treated. This is substantially better than waiting and needing an extraction (and dental implant) later!

Will Dental Insurance Cover My Emergency?

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In most cases, dental insurance will offer partial coverage for your dental emergency. For example, you may notice that you can complete one emergency exam a year. Specific services designed to treat dental emergencies, such as extractions and root canal therapy, can receive anywhere between 50% and 80% coverage in many cases. Keep in mind that your plan is likely to vary from someone else’s. Confirm your yearly maximum with your insurance provider as well before you commit to treatment to avoid penalties.

Learn Your Options for Making Dentistry Affordable

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Do you lack dental insurance at this time? You still have multiple options to cover the cost of your dental emergency. For example, we offer third-party financing through CareCredit. Not only can you expect low-to-zero interest payment plans, but you can easily qualify with help from our office. Additionally, you can take advantage of our in-house payment plan, which allows for payment for dental treatments to be completed over the span of up to 24 months!

When a dental emergency strikes, don’t force yourself to handle it alone. Instead, give our office a call and we’ll get your dental emergency treated and your budget planned out.

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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You might think that an urgent dental situation like the ones described above could never happen to you, but unfortunately, one out of every six Americans will be faced with an unexpected dental emergency every year. You don’t want to be caught off guard should this happen to you. That’s why your dentist in McKinney has answered some of our most frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry. For the answers to any emergency questions that you don’t see laid out on this page, just contact us and ask! 

My Toothache Went Away. Do I Still Need to See an Emergency Dentist?

Absolutely! Many people mistakenly believe that a minor toothache is nothing to worry about. However, a good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that healthy teeth generally don’t hurt. Even if your discomfort subsides, that’s not a good sign. If your toothache was due to an infection inside the tooth, this could mean that your tooth’s nerve has been damaged to the extent that it doesn’t send pain signals to the brain anymore. At this point, you should see us for prompt treatment. The sooner you visit our office, the more likely it will be that we can save your tooth from having to be extracted.

Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of Emergency Treatment?

There are multiple factors that might affect the answer to this question, such as the type of emergency you’re suffering from and what kind of restorative treatment you’ll require. If all you need is a prescription of antibiotics, your insurance is much more likely to cover the full cost of that compared to more extensive treatments like a tooth extraction and replacement. Don’t worry; our team is more than happy to work with your insurance company to maximize your benefits in whatever way we can.

What If I Have a Dental Emergency While I’m Out of Town?

Nothing ruins a vacation quite like a sudden dental problem. Remain calm to the best of your ability. Look for a dentist in the area who will get you out of pain and treat the immediate problem. Then, give us a call and book an appointment for when you get back in town. From there, we can take a look and determine whether you need any additional treatment.

What Should I Do If My Child Knocks Out a Baby Tooth?

Unlike with a knocked-out adult tooth, do NOT try to place the dislodged baby tooth back in the socket. Doing so could actually end up damaging the permanent tooth underneath the gumline. Instead, give our office a call and bring your child in for an appointment as soon as you can. We may not do very much if the tooth was close to falling out naturally. If the tooth came out too prematurely, then we might place a space maintainer to prevent the surrounding teeth from drifting into the gap until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt.