Oral care is incredibly important, not only for your health but your self-image as well. A bright, white smile shows that you are confident, youthful, and healthy. Unfortunately, life likes to throw us a curve ball every now and again, and accidents can happen. You may fall down and knock out your front teeth. You might try eating some hard candy and crack or chip one of your molars. When it comes to dental emergencies, Dr. Jorgenson and his extensively trained team of experts at Advanced Dental Care are always ready and prepared to help and correct any oral injuries, problems, or illnesses that might afflict you throughout your day-to-day routine.
Not every dental emergency is the same, and we do not treat our urgent patients as nuisances. We are here to help, and we want to make sure that every patient, regardless of their situation, receives the absolute best care and attention from our staff. Be sure to call us if you ever experience a dental emergency. if you’re unable to make it to our office right away, the following tips should help provide temporary relief in the meantime:
Whether a toothache is dull and persistent or sharp and sporadic, an OTC pain reliever can be used to take the edge off of any dental discomfort. A cold compress can also help when placed on the same side of the face as the tooth.
Start by gently rinsing the mouth with water, and try to find as many pieces of the tooth that you can, storing them in a safe container. Use a cold compress to control any pain or swelling, and cover the remaining tooth with either sugarless gum or dental wax to prevent it from irritating the mouth.
Speed is very important in this situation because we can only save a fully dislodged tooth within an hour or so of the initial accident. Give us a call, find the tooth, rinse it off, and try to put it back into its socket, holding it there by closing your mouth. If it won’t stay, it can be stored either in the cheek or a container with milk—it must stay wet to keep it alive!
Fillings and crowns tend to wear down and change shape over time, so it’s not too uncommon for one to occasionally fall out. After cleaning off the restoration, try to place it back onto the tooth. A little bit of toothpaste can help with this. If the tooth is feeling sensitive, an OTC medication should provide some relief.
Only a dentist can effectively treat a tooth abscess, but you can practice pain management before you get to the office. Start by taking any pain medication that you have. Then, create a salt water rinse containing ½ teaspoon of salt and 8 ounces of warm water. Rinse your mouth with this mixture to wash away bacteria and pus from the abscess.
No two patients or dental emergencies are exactly alike, and as a result, there is no fixed cost of emergency dentistry in Costa Mesa. Should you ever require immediate attention, our goal will be to get you out of pain as quickly as possible before addressing any damage to the teeth. We’ll be sure to go over all of your options so you’ll know exactly what you’re expected to pay. To help make treatments more affordable, we accept insurance, offer financing, and have our own in-house discount plan.
Dental emergencies can vary greatly in their severity and in the type of treatment they require. It is impossible for us to provide price estimates without first being able to assess a situation. Some emergencies can be treated simply and inexpensively, with something like a filling or prescription mouthwash. Other problems, however, are much more complex and require root canal therapy, a crown, or another advanced procedure. Before we begin any treatment, we will let you know about cost and your payment options. If more than one treatment might be suitable for you, we will help you compare the pros, cons, and price of each option.
Dental insurance policies are all unique, so you will need to check the details of your plan to know for sure how it applies. In general, though, many policies cover at least one emergency exam each year. They may also pay for 50 – 80% of the cost of care, depending on the specifics of your recommended treatment plan. Our experienced and friendly team will be happy to help you navigate your benefits and file insurance claims.
As your emergency dentist in Costa Mesa, we want you to be able to afford your care. In addition to helping you with insurance, we offer other provisions that may help you manage the cost of your urgent dental care:
Some dental emergencies occur as a result of an unavoidable accident. Most, though, are preventable. You can save money by regularly taking steps to protect your smile. For example, attending a dental checkup and cleaning twice a year removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and allows us to spot most problems before they become severe and require complex treatment. Plus, insurance usually covers 100% of the cost of these appointments. If you ever suspect that something is wrong with your dental health, do not ignore the problem. The sooner you seek treatment, the more likely it is that we can address the issue with a relatively simple and conservative treatment, rather than an advanced (and pricier) procedure.
Our emergency dental services are offered 24/7, which means you can reach us at any time and we will be more than happy to discuss your situation, possible treatments, and get you started on the procedure you require. Contact us to get your emergency treated, ask questions, address concerns, etc. Our doors are always open to Costa Mesa, CA, along with Fountain Valley, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Tustin, and all of the neighboring communities.
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