Emergency Dentistry – Rocky Hill, CT
When You Need Quality
Dental Care the Most
There’s no telling what kind of challenges life will bring you sometimes. Dental emergencies like toothaches, lost crowns, and broken teeth can happen at any time. If you find yourself in one of these situations, don’t hesitate to call our dental office right away. Our dentists will do everything they can to see you as soon as possible to evaluate your problem and find a solution for stopping your pain and restoring your teeth. You can trust us to be here when you need us most, offering emergency dentistry in Rocky Hill, CT!
Why Choose Dental Essentials of Rocky Hill for Emergency Dentistry?
- Dentists with Decades of Experience
- Wide Array of Restorative Treatments
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments
Common Dental Emergencies
Getting in touch with your dentist should always be your first move once you realize you’re suffering from a potential emergency. We’ll strive to see you on the same day whenever possible, and if you can’t be seen immediately, we can help you take control of the situation by offering some simple first aid tips. You’ll find some below that will help you protect your teeth from further damage and ease any pain you might be experiencing related to common oral health issues.
Floss thoroughly to get rid of debris between your teeth. Take ibuprofen or another kind of pain medication to control the discomfort; avoid aspirin, which might cause a burning sensation if it touches the tooth or gums.
You can wait until normal dental office hours to have a chipped tooth treated if the damage is minor and is causing no pain. For more extensive cracks accompanied by discomfort, you should get in touch with us right away. Use sugarless gum or dental wax to cover any jagged edges and hold a cold compress to your cheek for 20-minute intervals to reduce swelling. We can repair teeth in most circumstances, but extraction might be necessary if the damage is severe enough that a crown cannot be placed.
Locate the tooth immediately and pick it up by the crown; avoid touching the root, or else you might damage some of the tissue still attached to it. You’ll need to get to our dental office in less than an hour to give us the best chance of re-implanting the tooth. Keep the tooth in its socket if possible; alternatively, preserve it in a container of milk or salt water.
Your exposed tooth might be sensitive to temperature or the air around it. Clove oil can help reduce the discomfort, but you can also try protecting the tooth by temporarily reattaching the crown or filling with dental cement or denture adhesive. Bring the restoration with you if you can; if it’s still largely intact, it’s likely that we can salvage it.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
The risk for dental infections and injuries will never be zero, but the right habits and precautions can help you give your teeth the best protection possible. Some preventive steps include:
- Practicing excellent oral care (brushing two times every day, flossing daily, and adding mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine)
- Not biting down on fingernails, pen tips, and other inedible objects
- Wearing a mouthguard while playing contact sports or a nightguard if you grind your teeth while you sleep
Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry
Sometimes, treating your emergency will be simpler than you’d expect. In other cases, though, you might need root canal therapy or another complex procedure. Naturally, the cost of care will be affected by the severity of your case and the kind of treatment you need to undergo. Remember: by having emergencies treated as quickly as possible, you can avoid further complications and thus will save money on additional care.
Why Dental Emergencies are Unique (and Affect Your Cost)
Emergency dental visits are not as expensive as you’d think. When you arrive, you’ll be examined by one of our dentists so a treatment plan can be developed. The goal is to get you out of pain as soon as we can, but we won’t be able to do that until we confirm what is specifically causing your dental issue. While every dental emergency has its own unique factors that will determine your final cost, it will mainly depend on the treatment that will best help your situation. For example, we usually perform the following treatments to resolve dental emergencies:
- Root canal therapy
- Dental crowns
- TMJ/TMD therapy
- And more!
How Staying Proactive Can Help You Save
Not all dental emergencies are avoidable, such as bad falls or sporting injuries. The good news is most of them are preventable when you take a few key steps in mind. This includes scheduling routine dental exams and cleanings as well as sticking to a strict and consistent at-home oral care routine. These steps alone do wonders for your long-term oral health because they help you prevent plaque buildup, cavity production, gum disease, and dental infections.
Additionally, you should always get in touch with our office as soon as you notice something is not quite right. This could include tooth pain, sensitive gums, loose teeth, oral bleeding, facial swelling, or any other issues related to your mouth. Putting off emergency care when you need it most is only going to increase the risks of your dental issue getting worse. If you want to reduce the number of treatments needed to protect your oral health, you don’t want to take the risk and assume your dental problem will go away on its own.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
While dental insurance primarily covers preventive care, insurance providers understand that accidents happen, which is why most plans cover one emergency exam a year. The degree to which they’ll cover your treatment, however, varies based on the type of emergency you’re experiencing. Most restorative treatments are covered from 50 to 80 percent once you’ve met your deductible. Our team is more than happy to examine your policy and maximize the benefits you have available.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
Even if you don’t have dental insurance to use for your emergency treatment, there are other options available to you. This includes CareCredit, a service that makes it possible to pay for dental treatment over the span of several months. When you qualify, you can even expect to pay little-to-no interest on your payments, making it easy to accommodate emergency dental treatment into your budget.
Regardless of the situation you find yourself in, Dental Essentials of Rocky Hills is more than happy to help you navigate costs and get the best value possible, so feel free to reach out at any time for guidance!
Emergency Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions
Are you still worried about what you should do when a dental emergency strikes? For situations when you need urgent dental care, we here at Dental Essentials of Rocky Hill are able to offer same-day emergency appointments to quickly relieve your pain. While you wait for your visit, it may help to read through this section with the answers to some frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry.
What Should I Do If My Jaw Is Broken?
If you’re experiencing a severe dental emergency that could also be considered life-threatening, such as a broken or dislocated jaw, deep facial lacerations, or difficulty breathing or swallowing due to swelling, you should head to your nearest emergency room right away. These issues require urgent medical attention.
After you’ve received the treatment you need to handle your immediate problem, contact us to schedule a same-day appointment. Your emergency dentist can then determine whether your smile will need any further treatment.
Should I Be Worried If My Tooth Is Sensitive?
The answer to this question depends on the cause of and degree of your sensitivity. If your sensitivity is more generalized throughout your whole mouth, it may be due to thinning enamel. In this case, try using desensitizing toothpaste and/or mouthwash for a few weeks to see if that alleviates the problem. If not, check to see whether your teeth appear “longer” than normal. This may be a sign of early gum disease, which should be treated as soon as possible.
However, if your sensitivity is confined to a single tooth, the problem might be even more serious. This is often a sign of an infection that has reached the nerve deep within the tooth. If the infection isn’t addressed quickly enough with root canal therapy, the tooth might have to be extracted.
Whatever the case may be, it never hurts to have one of our dentists examine your mouth to figure out the best course of action.
How Can I Be Prepared for a Dental Emergency?
As mentioned earlier on this page, you can’t always prevent a dental emergency. However, you can be prepared by creating a dental emergency kit with some items that could come in handy in these situations. Keep these kits in areas that are easily accessible, such as your bathroom, car, or even your desk at work. Include the following items:
- Small container with a secure lid
- Latex-free gloves
- Gauze pads
- Saline solution