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Emergency Dentist – Marietta GA

Relieve Pain & Smile Again Fast

Woman holding cheek in painDental emergencies can be stressful, painful experiences. In the case of most medical emergencies, a call to 911 or a trip to the emergency room is the obvious next step. However, many patients aren’t sure who to call if they experience a dental emergency. Leading Edge Dentistry is happy to help our patients whenever they need us most, and that includes emergency care. Simply contact our office and we will offer first aid tips and schedule an appointment right away to restore your smile. While we take our patients’ word for it when they tell us their experience is an emergency, here is a list of the most commonly treated dental emergencies:

Regardless of the nature of your emergency, we recommend taking a few minutes to calmly assess your health. If you’re bleeding, apply gentle pressure to try to slow the bleeding and determine the nature of your injury so you can describe it clearly to our team. Use a cold compress or ice packs at 20 minute intervals (20 on/20 off) to manage pain, prevent swelling, and slow bleeding. If you experience a dental emergency that may put your life at risk, including severe blood loss or a broken jaw, we recommend you proceed directly to the nearest emergency room. We’re happy to help you repair damaged teeth once your health is no longer in danger.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Man holding jaw in painYour first step in any dental emergency should be to reach out to Leading Edge Dentistry. We’ll walk you through first aid over the phone. Some basic steps you can take during common dental emergencies include the following:

Toothaches

Like other pain and discomfort, you can treat tooth pain by taking over the counter oral pain relievers. You can also use topical numbing gels to relieve pain. When eating, avoid chewing with the affected tooth, and when brushing and flossing your teeth, take care to be gentle or avoid the aching tooth altogether.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

A chipped or broken tooth can damage your surrounding teeth and oral structures, even if it isn’t hurting you directly. Make sure to take a close look at how the tooth is impacting surrounding structures and use orthodontic wax to cover any sharp points. Otherwise, you can follow the directions for toothaches above. If you are experiencing any swelling or inflammation, you may also want to use an ice pack at 20 minute intervals.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If you’ve lost an entire tooth, do your best to replace it in the vacated socket. If this isn’t possible, place the tooth in water or milk until you reach the office. Bite down on gauze or clean cloth to hold the tooth in place and/or slow bleeding. When eating, avoid chewing with the affected tooth, and when brushing and flossing your teeth, take care to be gentle or avoid the aching tooth altogether. You can address swelling and discomfort by placing an ice pack or cold compress over the affected area for 20 minutes at a time.

Lost Filling or Dental Crown

If a filling is lost, you will not likely be able to replace it. However, you should take steps to protect the damaged tooth. Whenever possible, replace a dental crown over the damaged tooth, using a small amount of denture adhesive to hold it in place. If you’re in pain, follow the instructions for toothaches above, and if the tooth has sharp or broken pieces exposed, follow the steps for chipped and broken teeth above.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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You can’t always plan for a dental emergency. They are, after all, unpredictable by their very nature. However, you can take steps to avoid one and minimize the risk of damage to your smile. That’s why we have included a list of easy tips to help you prevent dental emergencies in Marietta below. Read on to ensure you’re well-prepared!

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Visit Our Dental Office Regularly

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Dental emergencies can’t be planned for, but your routine checkups and cleanings certainly can! Make sure that you’re seeing us at least twice per year for a preventive appointment. This will give our dentists an opportunity to stop potential emergencies in their tracks by diagnosing and treating warning signs, like small cavities and fractures, early on.

Prioritize At-Home Oral Hygiene

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Attending biannual dental checkups is only half the battle in safeguarding your smile against preventable emergencies. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is just as important. Be sure to start and end every day by brushing your teeth for two minutes. You should also floss at least once daily to remove any food debris that might have gotten caught between your teeth. Adding an antibacterial mouth rinse to your routine can help greatly by targeting bacteria and plaque in parts of your mouth that your floss and toothbrush can’t quite reach.

Stick to a Nutritious Diet

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Bacteria in your mouth love to feed on leftover sugar particles on your teeth and gums. They use sugar (and starches) as fuel to erode your tooth enamel and inflame your gums tissue, causing cavities and gum disease, respectively. Swapping sugary and starchy foods for mouth-healthy alternatives like fresh fruits and vegetables will dramatically reduce your risk of bacteria causing a painful cavity or infection that results in your having to visit our emergency dental office in Marietta.

Wear a Mouthguard

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If you play sports, even non-contact ones, it’s in your best interest to invest in a high-quality mouthguard to shield your teeth from injury due to impact. Our office can craft you a personalized mouthguard designed to deliver a comfortable fit and powerful protection.

Similarly, you should wear a nightguard if you deal with bruxism (chronic nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching). Over time, this habit can wear down, chip, or crack your teeth, but our custom nightguards provide protective cushioning between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep.

Do Not Use Your Teeth as Tools

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Tooth enamel is actually the strongest material in the human body. However, your teeth are not meant to withstand the pressure of being used to open packaging or bottles. It may seem convenient, but your teeth could easily become fractured. Take the time to reach for the proper tool for the job instead.

Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry

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Your dental emergency treatment costs will drastically vary based on the extent of the damage. In order to provide accurate pricing, we’ll need to see you and assess the individual situation. However, we are, as always, happy to process and file your dental insurance claims to offset the costs of your dental treatments. We’ll also be happy to work with you to apply for low- and no-interest financing when necessary to ensure your emergency dental treatment will fit your budget.

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All Dental Emergencies Are Different

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The first visit with your emergency dentist in Marietta should actually be quite affordable. All that we’ll do is get you out of pain, assess the damage, and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. We’ll also discuss the fees associated with the services you’ll need ahead of time so that you won’t be caught by surprise.

How Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money

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Dental emergencies always seem to happen when you least expect them. However, while some of them are sudden accidents that could not have been avoided, many dental emergencies occur as a result of infection, decay, or other damage that has been steadily worsening for weeks or months. By keeping up with a daily routine of brushing and flossing and visiting our office twice a year for checkups and cleanings, you can prevent a great deal of emergencies and end up saving potentially thousands of dollars on dental care!

Another way to save money is to call us the moment you notice any type of oral health issue, however minor. The sooner you reach out to us, the less likely you are to need an expensive procedure. For example, if you get a hurting tooth looked at right away, you may only require a root canal, as opposed to an extraction (and dental implant).

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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You’ll be happy to know that most dental insurance providers offer at least partial coverage for emergency care. Many of them cover one needed emergency exam per year, and they often cover common emergency dental procedures (crowns, root canals, etc.) at 50% to 80%, depending on the details of your plan. If you have dental insurance, our team will gladly file your claims on your behalf to ensure you’re receiving all of the benefits you’re eligible for.

Other Options for Making Emergency Dental Care Affordable

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Just because you’re uninsured doesn’t mean your care is out of reach. At Leading Edge Dentistry, we offer two methods of mitigating the cost of emergency dentistry in Marietta: Lending Club and CareCredit. Both of these companies provide low- or no-interest payment plans that should fit comfortably into just about anyone’s budget!

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

It’s no secret that the majority of people don’t know what to do in a dental emergency. However, they’re more common that you might think, with 1 in 6 Americans facing one every year. To help you deal with that situation and avoid more panic-inducing confusion, we have created this list of some of our most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies and answered them for your convenience.

Do I Still Need to See the Dentist If My Toothache Suddenly Goes Away?

While some might think that tooth pain is a fairly common and normal occurrence, the truth is that it’s anything but. A toothache is often a symptom of an underlying problem, like gum disease, an infection, or tooth decay. Even if your toothache subsides, you should still call your emergency dentist and schedule an appointment to see what caused your pain in the first place and prevent your toothache from coming back.

I Can’t Afford the Dentist. Should I Wait to Go?

No one wants to be saddled with a large dental bill, but when you are faced with a dental emergency, time is of the utmost importance. Waiting too long to seek treatment could ultimately cost you your tooth. We completely understand that you might be worried about the cost of treatment, which is why our friendly and helpful team will work with you to minimize the amount you have to pay out-of-pocket. If you don’t have dental insurance, we also partner with third-party financing options like Lending Club and CareCredit.

How Can I Manage the Pain?

Depending on your individual pain tolerance, you might need some extra help dealing with the discomfort until you can reach our office. You can use one of the following treatments in the meantime:

It’s worth mentioning that even if you are able to temporarily manage the pain, you should still give us a call to schedule a visit. That way we can address the root cause of your pain and keep it from making a resurgence.

What If I Have an Emergency While Out of Town?

First things first, try not to panic. See if you can find a dentist in the area who can give you treatment for the immediate problem. If you can, then that will allow you to enjoy the rest of your vacation free of pain. Then, call us to book an appointment for when you get back in town. At that appointment, we can see whether you need any further treatment.

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