Emergency Dentistry – Garland, TX
Dealing with Dental Pain? We Can Help!
A dental emergency is any situation in which a tooth is experiencing a lot of pain and/or has sustained quite a bit of damage and requires immediate care. Rather than spending your time waiting at the ER, just give Orbit Dental a call, and we’ll be ready to provide the professional attention you need right away. Emergency dentistry patients are always welcome. We can usually schedule a same-day appointment, so we can help someone get out of pain as quickly as possible. If you ever need dental care right NOW, give us a call, and you can trust us to fix your problem right away!
Why Choose Us for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-day appointments available for emergency patients
- Able to stop severe toothaches & replant knocked-out teeth
- Experienced team that has seen & done it all
How to Handle Dental Emergencies
Whether your dental emergency is due to something that developed slowly over time (such as an infection turning into a painful toothache) or happened all of a sudden (like a traumatic accident), you need to act fast and contact Orbit Dental immediately. Waiting to come see us will only allow any damage or pain to get worse! Until you can reach our dental office, however, there are a few things you can do to successfully manage any situation:
Often, a dull toothache can be due to something being stuck in-between the teeth (like a stray piece of food), and rinsing/flossing in the area can dislodge it. If this doesn’t help stop the pain, however, then the issue is likely due to a small cavity or crack in the enamel. A cold compress placed on the face or OTC-medication can reduce any discomfort before you can make it to our dental office.
Chipped / Broken Teeth
Similar to a toothache, placing a cold compress on the face and/or taking an OTC-medicine can help manage any pain associated with a chipped/broken tooth. If the remaining tooth has a jagged edge, it’s best to cover it with some dental wax or a wet cotton ball to prevent it from scratching the inside of the mouth.
The faster you move in this situation, the better! We can successfully replant a tooth after it has been fully dislodged only within an hour or so of the initial accident. Recover the tooth, gently rinse it off, and try to place it back into its socket if possible. If not, it should be stored in a container of milk or saltwater--the tooth has to remain wet for it to stay alive!
Loose Filling / Crown
Try to find the restoration, rinse it with water to remove any debris, and attempt to place it back onto the tooth. A little bit of toothpaste can help with this. If it won’t stay put, be sure to cover the tooth with either dental wax or a wet cotton ball to keep it protected.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Wear a mouthguard every time you play sports whether the game involves physical contact or not—sports-related accidents are one of the primary causes of dental injuries!
- Don’t use your teeth as a tool to open packages, bottles, or remove tags from clothing—that’s what scissors are for!
- Never bite down on hard items like ice, pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.
- Brush and floss your teeth every day to keep them strong and free of infection.
- Visit Orbit Dental for routine checkups and cleanings so we can catch and stop a small problem from turning into an emergency later.
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
A dental emergency can range from mild to severe, so the cost of treating one can vary quite a bit from patient to patient. Whenever someone comes in for urgent care, our primary goal is to get them out of pain first, and then we can discuss how they want to repair their smile. Fortunately, for patients who require more extensive procedures, we accept all insurances, and flexible, low-to-no interest financing is available as well.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Is My Situation Really a Dental Emergency?
If you aren’t sure if your situation constitutes a true dental emergency, give your dentist in Garland a call. Describe what happened, what you’re feeling, and what symptoms you’re experiencing. We’ll let you know if you should schedule an emergency appointment or if you can wait a few days or weeks to come visit us. Typically, severe pain, swelling, and bleeding are all indicators of a true dental emergency.
Would It Be Better to Visit the ER?
If you were involved in a major incident that caused injuries to parts of your body other than your mouth, visit the ER before you come to us. A visit to the ER is also in order if your jaw was dislocated or fractured, you have serious cuts or burns on your face or mouth, or your injuries are making it difficult for you to breathe and swallow. After the team at the ER tends to you, you can head to our office for care to address any damage to your teeth.
I’m Traveling. Is It Okay to Delay Treatment Until I Get Home?
If you’re far from your emergency dentist in Garland when you suffer a toothache or other urgent dental health crisis, that isn’t an excuse to skip treatment or even delay it for more than a day or two (depending on the situation). A quick online search can help you find a nearby dentist who is able to treat your problem and who accepts your insurance. Also, be sure to look at the reviews for any dentist you’re considering so you can be confident that you’ll receive gentle, high-quality care. After you get home from your trip, you should come to us for follow-up care.
Does My Insurance Cover Emergency Treatment?
Many insurance policies cover at least part of the cost of emergency dental procedures. We’ll have to check your specific policy to be sure how it applies to your treatment. We’ll also be sure that we’re transparent about our pricing so you can make an informed decision about how we address your oral health problem.
Can You Make My Smile Look Like New After a Dental Injury?
When you first come to us for emergency treatment, our priority will be to treat the damage to your oral health. Our goal will be to prevent/treat infections, relieve your pain, and preserve your mouth’s overall function. After we get all of that taken care of, we’ll be happy to work with you to help your smile regain its original beauty via further cosmetic and restorative treatments.