Emergency Dentistry – Savannah, GA
Fast Relief Right When You Need It
Dental emergencies always catch people by surprise. Nobody really expects one to happen, but taking the right actions right away can be the difference between saving or losing a tooth. Do you have a plan in case you or a loved one sustains a serious dental injury or your child develops a bad toothache? If not, we’re happy to give you one: call Compass Dental. We’re more than happy to accept emergency patients, and we can even schedule same-day appointments so we can help patients get the relief they need right away.
Why Choose Compass Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Dentist with decades of experience & advanced training
- Dental Office filled with the latest dental technology
- Ready to accept & maximize all PPO dental insurance plans
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
A dental emergency can occur in the blink of an eye, like with a broken or knocked out tooth, or take months to develop, such as with a toothache. In either case, seeking out professional care as soon as possible is the best way to stop any pain and limit damage to the smile. After you give our team a call to schedule an appointment, here are a few actions you can take before you’re able to reach our dental office:
Is something stuck between the teeth? Try rinsing and flossing around the hurting tooth. If this doesn’t help, an OTC medication or cold compress placed against the face can help manage any discomfort. In severe cases, the best way to get relief may be with a root canal, which, fortunately, is nothing like what you’ve heard about in the media.
Rinse the mouth with warm water, and try to recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can, putting them in a safe container. To prevent the remaining tooth from scratching the inside of the mouth, cover any rough edge with a piece of sugarless gum or some dental wax.
Time is very important in this situation as we can only replant a fully dislodged tooth within an hour or so of the initial accident. After finding the tooth, give it a quick rinse, avoid touching the root, and try to place it back into its socket. Otherwise, it should be stored in a container either with milk or saltwater. The key is to come see us as quickly as possible!
Even though a lost filling/crown shouldn’t be a major cause of alarm, it’s still a good idea to come see us right away so we can repair the tooth and prevent it from developing any additional decay/damage. Recover the restoration, rinse off any debris, and try to place it back onto the tooth. Avoid chewing with it until we’re able to see you.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Wear a mouthguard every time you place sports—up to 40% of ALL dental injuries are sports-related!
- Don’t chew on extremely hard items like ice, pens, pencils, or fingernails. These can wear down and even crack your teeth.
- Having trouble opening a package? Before using your teeth, go grab the scissors instead!
- Brushing, flossing, and getting regular dental checkups are some of the best ways to stop small problems that could morph into big emergencies later.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Because there are so many different types and severities of dental emergencies, there is no fixed price for urgent dental care. One patient might just need a filling while another might require a tooth to be removed and replaced. Whatever the case may be, our goal is always to relieve a patient’s pain before addressing any damage to the smile. To help patients dealing with an unexpected dental expense, we’re happy to accept PPO dental insurance, offer flexible financing, and we even have our own dental wellness plan.
Emergency Dentistry FAQ
A sudden dental problem is the last thing on your mind; however, they occur more often than you might realize. It is normal to have several questions when needing an emergency dentist in Savannah. Dr. Fana has the answers you need to make a stressful situation a bit easier.
How long should I wait to call an emergency dentist?
No one has time for an unexpected trip to the dentist interrupting their plans for the day. It is tempting to waiting to schedule an appointment until you can spare a few minutes, but time is of the utmost importance. Depending on the issue you are having, you could lose your tooth if you wait too long to see a dentist. Instead, it is best to have the problem treated right away.
Can I fix my loose crown at home?
Over time, it is normal for a crown or filling to come loose. You may even have one fall off. It seems like a simple fix you can handle on your own using dental glue from the drugstore. Although this seems like a convenient solution, it can lead to serious complications down the road. It is easy to trap bacteria between your tooth and your restoration. This can cause an infection that could result in the loss of your tooth. It is best to leave fixing your restorations the professionals.
Does dental insurance cover emergency visits?
Many dental insurances cover emergency care, but you will need to check your policy. The amount your insurance covers can vary considerably depending on your specific benefits. Often, they will pay for more of the treatment if you visit a dentist who is in their network.
Our office works on your behalf with your insurance carrier to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We accept a variety of payment options to cover any remaining balance, such as third-party financing with CareCredit.
Should I go to the hospital instead?
When the unexpected strikes, your first instinct may be to head to the emergency room at your local hospital; however, there is not much they can do to help you. They are not trained or equipped to handle dental emergencies. The most they can do is provide you with antibiotics or pain relievers. They will not be able to address the root cause of the problem.
It is always best to head to your dentist, but if you suspect you have a broken jaw, go to the ER first.
How can I prepare for a dental emergency?
You may think a dental emergency will never happen to you, but they are quite common. In fact, 1 in 6 Americans faces one every year. You can prepare for one by creating a small kit that includes:
- Small container with lid
- Name and phone number of your dentist
If you have a dental emergency, do not wait. Contact our office right away.
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