Emergency Dentistry – Toledo Ohio
Relieve Pain & Put the Smile Back on Your Face
Dental emergencies can’t always be predicted or prevented, but for Toledo patients at Dental Group West, emergency dentistry can be planned for. When dental emergency strikes, our team is here to help right away. In most cases, we’re able to accommodate same day dental appointments for patients in need of urgent treatment. When you call the office during a dental emergency, one of our skilled team members will partner with you to assess your situation, complete first aid steps, and ensure your comfort until you reach our office for your emergency appointment.
What “Counts” as a dental Emergency?
Anytime you’re in pain or have damaged dental structures, you should contact our office immediately. It’s always best that we get to work restoring your smile as soon as possible. Some of those situations we see most often as dental emergencies include:
- Severe toothache or dental sensitivity that may indicate a need for root canal therapy
- Cracked or broken teeth or dental restorations
- Knocked out teeth or dental restorations
- Object stuck between teeth
- Soft tissue injury or lacerations
What Should I do During a Dental Emergency?
During a dental emergency, the first step is to pick up the phone and give our Toledo dental office a call. One of our team members will take the time to walk you through specific steps you can take to care for your smile at home. Some basics to keep in mind include:
- Keep any damaged areas or pieces of teeth clean using cool water to rinse out the mouth, but do not brush, scrub, or use oral hygiene products.
- Retrieve any lost pieces of tooth or knocked out teeth. When possible, replace the tooth in its vacated socket. If not possible, store the tooth or tooth fragment in a container of milk or water.
- Take over the counter pain relievers and ice packs to help with pain and inflammation. You can also use topical numbing gels to relieve discomfort until you reach our office.
- Apply pressure using sterile gauze or clean cloth to stop any blood flow.
Toothache Relieving Root Canal Therapy
If you’re experiencing dental damage or decay that accesses the inner layers of teeth, the pulp, you may need root canal therapy. While these treatments have a reputation for being painful, they can actually significantly relieve discomfort and save a tooth that would otherwise need to be removed. Root canal treatment is performed by drilling an access hole into the pulp layers of teeth. Then, the pulp and nerve structures are removed and replaced. The access hole is sealed, and a dental crown is affixed to protect and strengthen the damaged tooth.
Sedation Dentistry Options
To start relieving your pain immediately during an emergency, we can offer dental sedation options. From mild nitrous oxide sedation to more advanced oral conscious and IV sedatives, we can help you maintain complete comfort throughout your time in our office.
Learn More About Tooth Extractions
Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
There are many reasons why you might need a tooth extraction, but the most common is a severely decayed or damaged tooth. It may also be recommended if you require orthodontic treatment and do not have adequate space within your mouth to ensure successful movement of your teeth, or if your smile is overcrowded and hindering the ability for new teeth to erupt.
No matter the reason for your extraction, your dentist in Toledo will likely recommend a tooth replacement solution to prevent possible bone and tooth loss. The longer you wait to replace a missing or extracted tooth, the greater the risk for bone deterioration and shifting of natural teeth. The vacated socket can cause you to place additional pressure on nearby teeth, causing increased pain or stress and resulting in further damage to your healthy teeth.
Unless you are having your wisdom teeth extracted, which do not require replacement, our team will likely suggest dental implants or an alternative tooth replacement solution (i.e., dentures, partials, fixed bridge).
What is the Procedure for Tooth Extractions?
Depending on the current status of your problem tooth, it can be removed using one of two methods: simple or surgical. If the tooth has fully erupted, we will use specialized dental instruments to gently move the tooth back and forth until it detaches. This is known as a simple extraction.
If your tooth is impacted, which means it has not erupted and is living underneath the gums, you will undergo a surgical procedure that requires a member of our team to make a small incision in the gums to expose the tooth and bone. The tooth will be removed in pieces to make the extraction process easier.
Whether you undergo a simple or surgical tooth extraction, we will administer anesthesia to numb the tooth and the area around it, ensuring you feel no pain throughout the process. If necessary, we can also provide sedation dentistry to keep you calm and relaxed.
Will Insurance Cover an Extraction?
When learning you need a tooth extraction, one of the first questions you might ask is whether it is covered by your dental insurance. Most policies do agree to cover a portion of the overall cost. Depending on the individual plan, it may be considered a major or minor restorative service. Based on whether you’ve met your deductible and how much of your annual maximum you’ve used throughout the year, it is possible that your insurer will cover anywhere from 50-80%.
If you are uninsured or need assistance paying the remaining balance, our team can help identify alternative ways to pay. At Dental Group West, we offer flexible financing from Wells Fargo that will allow you to stay well within your budget.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Here at Dental Group West, we want to make sure our patients are as informed as possible in the event of a dental emergency. Because these situations can strike at any time and can never be 100% prevented, it’s imperative that you know what to do ahead of time. That’s why we have put together this list of commonly asked questions that we get about emergency dentistry. Keep reading below to learn more. If you have a question that you don’t see answered on this page, don’t hesitate to contact us and ask.
When Should I Go to the Hospital Instead of the Dentist?
You should visit the emergency room of your local hospital if your dental emergency is also potentially life-threatening. Some examples of problems like this include:
- Swelling that hinders your ability to breathe
- Deep lacerations
- Jaw fractures
- Jaw dislocations
- Serious infection or abscess
For any other dental emergency that doesn’t also threaten your life or involve a broken jawbone, visit us here at Dental Group West instead.
How Long Should I Wait to Seek Emergency Treatment?
In a perfect world, you would visit us as soon as your dental problem becomes apparent. Unlike some general medical conditions, which often heal themselves over time, dental issues usually worsen the longer you ignore them. This is especially true for those patients with a knocked-out or damaged tooth, as the sooner you come to see us, the higher chance we have of saving your tooth. Additionally, most dental emergencies have some degree of pain associated with them, so you should come in for an appointment as soon as possible so that we can relieve your discomfort.
Will My Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
It’s difficult to estimate just how much coverage you will receive, since every plan is so different. Because of the variety of dental problems that can occur, treatments can vary as well, so there’s a probability that your emergency situation would be at least partially covered by your insurance. For example, if your toothache is the result of a cavity that needs a filling, your insurance will likely cover a significant portion of the procedure.
What If I’m Afraid of Going to the Dentist?
Many patients put off getting emergency care because they have a gripping fear of the dentist. This can be detrimental because, as we mentioned earlier, dental problems don’t go away on their own. In fact, they typically get worse. As a result, you should come in as soon as possible, even if you’re nervous. We offer sedation dentistry to help ease your anxiety and get you to relax enough in the dental chair to get the care you need.