Emergency Dentistry – Powell, OH
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If you just knocked out one of your teeth or have a toothache, what do you do? Who should you call? When you find yourself in the middle of a dental emergency, the best thing for you to do is to immediately call your emergency dentist, Dr. Ryan Eskridge, who is experienced in these high-intensity oral health situations and can get you the relief you need fast with emergency dentistry in our Powell, OH dental office!
Why Choose Wedgewood Complete Dentistry for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments
- Convenient Early and Late Hours
- Comprehensive, One-Stop Dental Care
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Although you may think it will never happen to you, dental emergencies are common. In fact, one in six Americans faces one each year. Often, they come without any warning, such as from a fall or accident. Other times, they can result from an issue that’s been brewing in your mouth, like an untreated cavity. No matter the cause, Dr. Eskridge can stop your pain and save your smile. In the meantime, here’s what you can do at home while you wait for your appointment.
Toothaches are never a good sign. They often indicate an underlying problem, like an infection that may require a root canal to treat. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to manage your discomfort.
Whether from trauma or decay, a broken tooth can be painful. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever and rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Avoid chewing with your tooth until after it has been fixed.
Hold your tooth by the crown and rinse it with water only. Gently try to reinsert it back into the socket. If you aren’t successful, place it in a cup of milk or water to keep it moist. If Dr. Eskridge can’t save your tooth, he’ll explain your replacement options, like dental implants.
Don’t try to bond the restoration to your tooth. Instead, keep your tooth clean and avoid chewing on it until after you’ve had your restoration replaced.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Although you can’t fully avoid dental emergencies, there are several things you can do to help reduce your risk of one, such as:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
- Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools.
- Don’t chew on inedible objects.
- Don’t bite or chew overly hard foods, like ice.
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
There is not a specific amount you can expect to pay for emergency dental care because the cost is determined by your individual needs. We provide you with an estimate during your consultation and discuss your payment options. We’ll work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to file the necessary paperwork to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We accept several forms of payment to cover any remaining balance, like third-party financing with CareCredit.
If you have a dental emergency, don’t wait. Contact our dental office today for a same-day appointment. We will take care of you in your most vulnerable moment, so you can get back to your day.
Emergency Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions
Let’s be honest, a sudden dental emergency can be quite scary. If you’re like many Americans, you might not know what to do if you’re in this situation. Don’t worry, Dr. Eskridge is here for you. As an emergency dentist, he will create the customized solution you need to restore your smile and stop your pain. He’ll explain what you can expect and address your concerns during your visit. In the meantime, you can find the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear to help you make the best choices for your smile.
Should I wait to see my dentist?
No one has time in their day for an unplanned trip to the dentist. As a result, you might be tempted to wait to see your dentist until you have a bit more flexibility in your schedule. Unfortunately, if you don’t see them right away, you might lose your tooth. As with any emergency, time is of the utmost importance. The quicker you see your dentist, the faster the root cause of the problem can be treated to restore a healthy, functional smile.
Should I go to the emergency room?
If you have a dental emergency, your first thought might be to head to your local hospital; however, they aren’t equipped to treat oral health issues. In fact, the most they can do is prescribe antibiotics or pain relievers. They cannot address the underlying problem. It’s always best to visit your dentist, but if you suspect a broken jaw, have a medical emergency, or another injury, go to the emergency room first. Dr. Eskridge will be here for you after you’ve been treated.
Is it better to have my tooth extracted?
Extracting a problematic tooth stops the issue at its source. This might seem like the right choice; however, it creates a new list of complications. Every tooth is essential to your oral health and functions. If you lose even one, you’re now at risk of losing more because your jawbone will deteriorate since it isn’t being stimulated by the root, causing your teeth to move out of alignment. This increases your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. You’ll need to permanently invest in a dental prosthetic to fill the space to stop the complications of missing teeth.
Dr. Eskridge will do everything he can to save your natural tooth from an extraction. He will only recommend removing a tooth when there are no other viable options to save it. If you must have a tooth taken out, he will explain your replacement options to preserve your remaining teeth.
Will my dental insurance pay for an emergency visit?
Although every plan differs, most insurance companies will cover the cost of 1 emergency visit per year. They may also pay a portion of the cost of the treatment until you reach your annual limit. We will work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket.