Types of Dental Emergencies

A dental emergency takes many forms, the least of which is your wisdom teeth swelling up to the point of causing you pain. Sometimes a dental emergency is a broken tooth or other types of severe pain in your mouth. Dr. Hamad’s practice is about providing excellent endodontic care for Western New York patients. Endodontic services include non-surgical root canals, a treatment that can save your natural teeth, and prevent the need for dental implants or bridge. The center of your tooth is made up of pulp, as the pulp is a collection of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, that help build up the tooth surrounded by pulp.

When the pulp gets infected, the infection is caused by injury to the tooth, deep dental decay, the tooth getting cracked, and also having fractures. If you get repeated dental procedures in the tooth, the symptoms of infection lead to swelling, but not limited to sensitivity to temperature. The tooth then gives discomfort while chewing with the tooth. Dr. Hamad will apply anesthesia to your tooth in order to perform the root canal. Root canals could be completed in one or more visits, only because the root canal system has to be cleaned thoroughly and sealed.

Root canals are performed with a record of this procedure sent to your normal dentist. Contacting their office is required after treatment in order to secure a final restoration after one week. The patient needs to call their endodontist if anything unusual is going on after the root canal. Costs of a root canal vary because of how severe the damage is to the patient’s affected tooth. Having a history of root canals can also affect the cost of this procedure. Endodontic retreatment helps your teeth last as long as your natural teeth.

Pain may continue months or years after treatment and this may mean that a revision of the original treatment is necessary. If a tooth has trouble healing, curved or narrow canals may be the cause if they were not treated during the original root canal. There are canals that went undetected during the treatment when this becomes the case. A tooth has to be opened in order to access the root canal’s filling. An existing filling will be removed from the canal in order to carefully look at the inside of the tooth. Endodontic microsurgery is another procedure that helps diseased pulp.

Endodontic surgery helps treat dental conditions that normal treatments cannot. The damaged tissue is then removed along with the infected end of the root tip, as a root-end filling is placed to seal the root canal while preventing the root canal space from being infected all over again. The procedure causes discomfort and swelling while the tooth heals and pain medication is prescribed. Mouth injuries in which teeth are dislocated is something that can be fixed along with when a tooth falls out, as you have to keep the tooth moist, using a glass of milk. Many tooth problems can be fixed. Learn more here about insurance covering dental emergencies.

Should you call 911 for a dental emergency?

The pain of a toothache or dental problem is excruciating. There is no doubt about it that the pain from any type of dental problem can bring you to your knees and sometimes it can be so bad that you will think about calling 911. However, calling 911 may not be the best solution. Here are some tips of what you should do if you are experiencing severe pain in your mouth due to your teeth.

Stay Calm
When you get frantic over any situation it can cause you to act irrational and make decisions quickly without thinking first. Stay calm and start taking over the counter pain medication to try and get you some temporary relief until you can get to a dentist. Some doctors will even recommend that you alternate between Tylenol and Advil every four hours.

Get To an Emergency Endodontist
If you don’t already have a regular dentist that you go to you will need to start looking for one right away. The internet is a great tool to help you find a dentist quickly. You can search for emergency dentists or a dentist near you and you will be given several pages of results. If you find yourself having an emergency on a holiday or a weekend don’t worry because there are dental offices that are open seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year. If you are unable to find a dentist that is close to you that is open on a holiday or weekend then you can go to an urgent care center and they can give you prescription medication to help with the pain until you can get to your dentist during normal business hours. If it’s a major emergency where you can’t stop the bleeding or bone is exposed in your mouth then you need to get to an emergency room as soon as you can.

911 Emergencies
If you feel as though your life is in danger then, by all means, you should do whatever is necessary to protect yourself and that includes calling 911. Just keep in mind that calling 911 will cost you a lot of money out of pocket. The emergency responders will come to wherever you are and get you and take you to the nearest emergency room in an ambulance. The ambulance ride alone can cost you anywhere from five hundred dollars up to two thousand dollars. The emergency responders are going to take you to the nearest emergency room so if you are able to drive yourself or if you have a friend or family member that can drive this would be the better and cheaper option.

How To Find A Good Emergency Dentist

Finding a good emergency dentist can be tough. It is easy to get into a routine and so when an emergency happens the general dentist may refer the patient out to a specialist. There are so many things that can happen to cause a dental emergency. From car accidents, sports injuries, to just plain accidents that involve the oral cavity. As a parent, you will know, based on how your child is during the emergency. of when to take your child to the emergency department or if you should wait to see the dentist the next day. As always though, it is better to be safe than sorry. Again, you may be referred to a good emergency dentist by going ahead and going in.

If you don’t have a general dentist to go to first it is important to seek the advice of a medical professional first. Going to an immediate care facility could possibly lead to a referral of a specialist or general dentist who can then refer you to a specialist.

The reason an Endodontist would be needed is trauma to the nerve (pulp) of the tooth. In children under 5 or 6 that have deciduous (baby) teeth, the tooth should remain in the mouth until the permanent ones come in. An Endodontist can check to see if any damage occurred to the permanent teeth coming in behind the baby teeth as well. The baby teeth aid in speech, chewing, and digestion. They are important to keep in place, however, if a child falls and the tooth is damaged then it may need to be removed. There is a procedure called a pulpectomy that can be done to help save the tooth. This is where the bulk of the nerve is removed but not a full root canal treatment is completed. Only a portion of the nerve is removed and a medicinal base is applied and then a filling.

In conclusion, finding a good emergency dentist can be done in several ways. As mentioned before, seek out a medical professional like at an immediate care facility. Or another way to find one is by asking your friends and family who they use. Also, in recent years an online referral dental database has been introduced. You can just type in or ask depending on your device, to locate a good emergency dentist. Some sites require you to enter your zip code and maybe even a general description of the emergency so that they can get you directed to the appropriate dentist.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

Insurance companies vary on what they cover and what the amount of coverage they offer. some will pay a percentage of the charge and you are responsible for the rest. On average though, insurance will cover a true dental emergency. Your dental health provider will be able to submit the insurance claim with the appropriate information on it that will tell the insurance examiner what happened and how you were treated. Based on that written information and Xrays they can determine what coverage they will do.

When you sign up for the insurance plan it is advised to read the policy completely and thoroughly so that you understand what is covered. It is also advised to keep a copy in a safe place so you can refer to it if an emergency arises. If you are currently a patient here we will be happy to go over the insurance packet information with you to make sure that you understand the policy and that we accept that insurance.

When you go to the dentist with an emergency, they will check to see if your insurance covers the emergency and look at what information the insurance company will require to approve coverage. At this time, the front office professional will have looked up what percentage you are responsible for and what the insurance company will pay. Usually, they will give this information to you before continuing with the treatment.
This will give you an idea of what you need to pay if anything at all. As a dental office professional, we know what insurance plans usually cover. This is called usual, customary and reasonable coverage.

If needed we will do a palliative (temporary) treatment to get you out of pain until we can send the insurance company the estimation of benefits to see if they will cover it then we will wait to process any charges. Some types of emergencies that may be covered are trauma, unexpected pain from a cavity, pain from a root canal treatment, and any other type of oral health issue that is acute and requiring a dental health professional to look at or treat.

In conclusion, if you have a dental emergency always call our after-hours telephone line and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. We may be able to provide a home treatment that will get you through until regular office hours when you can be sure what the emergency coverage is.

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