Emergency Dentist – Dallas, TX
Fast, Pain-Relieving Dentistry When You Need It the Most
Dealing with dental emergencies can seem overwhelming and scary, especially when you’re not sure who to call or what to do to minimize the damage and ease your pain. That’s why we recommend putting our dental practice’s number in your phone, so you’ll always have it on hand. We’ll provide you with over-the-phone, first-aid guidance when you call us and schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Patel’s skill and expertise as an emergency dentist in Dallas are a major source of comfort for patients dealing with dental emergencies.
Why Choose Prestige Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- We Accept & Maximize Dental Insurance
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry Available
- Advanced Diagnostic Dental Technology
How We Treat Dental Emergencies
- Call Our Office: The first step you should always take in the midst of a dental emergency in Dallas is to call our dental office. You’ll get ahold of one of our friendly front desk staff members who can schedule an appointment for you and provide you with first-aid guidance to prevent further harm from coming to your smile. We’ll also be happy to address any of your concerns or questions.
- Get an Emergency Examination: When you arrive at our office for your appointment, Dr. Patel will conduct an emergency dental exam, including collecting diagnostic data, like X-rays and intraoral scans, if necessary. Based on his findings, he’ll outline and go over a treatment plan with you to restore your oral health and get you out of pain.
- Receive Treatment: Once you commit to moving forward with the treatment plan, Dr. Patel will get to work restoring any damage, treating an infection, or extracting any severely injured teeth. We’ll make sure that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure, and if necessary, we can administer nitrous oxide sedation to help you feel more relaxed.
- Come In for Follow-Up Care: If necessary, we’ll schedule any follow-up visits before you leave to make sure your oral health stays on the right track.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
It can be hard to determine whether or not your situation is enough to constitute a call to your emergency dentist in Dallas. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common dental emergencies that we treat. We always recommend that if you’re ever in doubt about the severity of what you’re facing, give us a call!
Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry
Few people have extra cash lying around for an unexpected dental bill, but emergencies can happen with no warning. Your financial situation should not stand in your way of getting the quick care you need. Many factors affect the cost of emergency dentistry in Dallas, but Dr. Kamesh Patel strives to keep his services affordable for everyone. He'll create the personalized plan you need to save your smile without it costing you an arm or a leg.
Every Dental Emergency is Different
No two mouths or situations are identical, so it's impossible to have a flat fee for emergency services. Many factors will affect the amount you will have to pay, like the treatment necessary. After examining your mouth and learning more about your situation, Dr. Patel will create a personalized strategy to rehabilitate your smile, which may include:
- Root Canal Therapy
- Tooth Extractions
- Dental Crowns
- Gum Disease Therapy
- TMJ Therapy
Dr. Patel will explain everything during your consultation, so you will know exactly what to expect on the road ahead.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
Most dental insurance can be used to offset the amount you will pay. Besides your initial examination and any diagnostic imaging, your benefits can pay a portion of the cost of any restorative procedures after meeting your annual deductible. Depending on your treatment plan, your insurance can pay 50% to 80% of the expenses until reaching your annual limit. A member of our team will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize any coverage to lower the amount you pay.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
Besides using your dental insurance, we offer several other solutions to keep emergency services affordable, like:
- Traditional Payments Our office accepts all traditional payment methods, including cash, checks, and credit cards.
- Special Deal: Dr. Patel offers a $19 emergency exam, which includes a consultation and X-rays.
- Monthly Payments: You can pay any out-of-pocket expenses using a monthly payment plan through a third-party financing company, like CareCredit. You can enjoy little or no interest in financing based on your credit approval.
- In-House Membership Plan: If you don't have insurance, don't worry. You can enjoy discounted rates for common services by joining our in-house membership plan.
Taking Care Of Your Smile Can Save You Money
You can’t always stop accidents from occurring, but you can do many things to lessen your risk of needing an emergency dentist in Dallas, like brushing and flossing. Many dental emergencies result from preventable issues, like tooth decay. Besides keeping your mouth clean, limit sugary foods and drinks. Avoid using your teeth in place of scissors or other tools. Break any bad habits that can damage your teeth, like chewing ice or biting your fingernails. Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, ask your dentist for a nightguard. Don’t forget to schedule a cleaning and checkup every 6 months.
Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies
Our Dallas dental team genuinely is happy to be here for all of your dental needs, from routine checkups to last-minute emergency dentistry. With that said, we completely understand that patients want to avoid serious injuries to their teeth and gums at all costs; we want that too! Fortunately, there are a few ways to help make that happen, including:
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Have you ever stopped to wonder why your biannual checkups and cleanings are so important? To begin with, these periodic visits ensure that we catch damaged restorations, gum disease, tooth decay, and other serious oral health concerns as early as possible – before they result in a painful dental injury. It’s also worth noting that the tools we use during your cleaning are the only ones that can remove built-up plaque and tartar, protecting your oral health moving forward.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene At Home
Of course, it’s imperative that you take care of your teeth and gums between visits as well. That starts with using the right products, like a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, to brush your teeth for two full minutes each morning and evening. You should also consistently floss and rinse with antimicrobial mouthwash. Your at-home oral hygiene regimen should extend to avoiding bad habits as well, like smoking and using tobacco products.
Stick to a Nutritious Diet
Eating a nutrient-dense diet is important for a few reasons, including that your body needs an ample amount of vitamins to keep your teeth and gums healthy and fight off infections. That’s why we encourage our patients to follow a well-balanced diet that’s loaded with fresh fruits, cooked vegetables, and the like. Similarly, we encourage patients to be mindful of their intake of added sugar since consuming this sweetener in excess can result in significant tooth decay.
Wear a Mouthguard
If you play sports or have Bruxism, then you should have a mouthguard to protect your teeth from damage. Fortunately, our Dallas dental team offers custom ones that are comfortable, effective, and more discreet. As a result, it won’t seem like a chore to wear it while you sleep or while you’re on the court, field, or mat.
Use Tools to Open Packages, Not Your Teeth
Simply put, you shouldn’t use your teeth to open packages, even if it seems convenient at the time. Although your teeth are sharp, they aren’t meant to be used as tools, causing them to break under the pressure. To prevent your teeth from chipping or cracking, we also don’t recommend chewing on hard objects, like ice, pen caps, and even your fingernails.
Dental Emergency FAQs
No one ever expects to need an emergency dentist in Dallas, but accidents happen. Dr. Kamesh Patel is here to make a stressful situation much easier. After addressing your pain, he will examine your mouth to create a personalized treatment plan. He will explain everything, so you know exactly what to expect. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions to help calm your nerves until your appointment.
How Should I Sleep with Dental Pain?
Dental pain can worsen at night because there are fewer distractions. Not to mention, various factors can trigger toothaches. You don’t have to spend the night tossing and turning. You can avoid discomfort by eating soft foods for dinner and don’t snack too late. Rinse your mouth with salt water to reduce pain and inflammation. It is also a natural antiseptic to combat bacteria. Take an OTC pain reliever and apply a cold compress to manage the pain. Sleep with your pillow elevated to stop blood from pooling in your head, so you won’t have throbbing pain keeping you awake.
Will a Toothache Go Away with No Treatment?
Contrary to what you may have heard, an occasional toothache isn’t normal. It’s a symptom of a larger underlying problem, like tooth decay. Waiting out the pain can cause you to lose your tooth because the issue will continue to worsen. Instead of a quick fix, you may need an invasive procedure or extraction. If your toothache disappears suddenly, it can be a sign your tooth has died and can’t be saved. It’s best to contact our office to have the issue addressed.
Will a Chipped Tooth Heal?
Your enamel is stronger than some metals, but it isn’t capable of regeneration. As a result, your tooth won’t grow back. At most, your enamel can remineralize. It’s important to have your tooth examined by a dentist, even if the break is superficial. It will prevent additional damage from occurring.
Do I Need to See a Dentist If My Chipped Tooth Doesn’t Hurt?
Not all chipped teeth hurt, but that doesn't mean you don’t need to see a dentist. The inner layers of your tooth may be exposed, putting you at risk of decay and infections. The structure of the tooth can be compromised, which means it can break or fracture. Dr. Patel will design a personalized plan to rehabilitate your tooth, like dental bonding, a crown, or a veneer.
Is a Broken Denture a Dental Emergency?
You rely on your dentures throughout the day. If one breaks, it is considered a dental emergency in Dallas. Don’t wear damaged dentures because they can cause oral injuries. Wear an old denture if possible and contact our dental office. We will get you into the office quickly to provide the necessary repairs or replacements to restore your beautiful smile.