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Emergency Dentist — Wylie, TX

Don’t Put Off Your Toothache or Dental Injury!

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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  • Call and set up a same-day appointment with Dr. Morton: By calling our practice first, you can increase your chances of getting your emergency handled sooner, which is always more ideal. Plus, you can speak with one of our team members, who can give helpful first-aid advice should you need it.
  • Complete your emergency exam: After you reach our office, we’ll be able to complete a comprehensive exam as well as determine if digital X-rays are needed. This exam will give us more detail about the extent of your problem and how to best address it.
  • Reviewing findings and recommending care: After going over his findings with you, Dr. Morton can provide a more accurate estimate of your emergency treatments as well as the amount of time needed to complete it. You’ll always know these details beforehand so you can make an informed decision.
  • Get the professional treatment you need: Our team members will help you schedule your emergency treatments, whether they include dental fillings, crowns, root canal therapy, extractions, or other services. That way, you can start living your life free of dental pain and with a healthy smile.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Whether your tooth is in pain or you believe that you have an oral infection, the first thing you should do is always give our dental office a call. Below, you’ll find useful information that will help you stabilize your condition before you arrive. How you manage your situation will depend on the emergency you are experiencing. Our office is equipped to handle just about any urgent dental issue that appears.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies 

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The cost of treating dental emergencies varies based on the seriousness of the issue, which is why it’s not easy to give a flat cost to all patients. For example, tooth pain that requires simple antibiotics will be cheaper to treat than a tooth that needs root canal therapy and a crown. The best way to determine the cost of your treatment is to get evaluated first. This includes digital X-rays which highlight exactly what’s happening inside your mouth and helps Dr. Morton determine which treatment is best for your case.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Most dental emergencies can be avoided if you practice daily oral care at home as well as make visits to our dental office for exams and cleanings. This means brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing daily. Of course, those who are at higher risk of oral injury (i.e. those who participate in contact sports) will need to wear mouthguards to prevent potential damage. Furthermore, you should never use your teeth for tasks that a tool is better suited for, such as opening packages or bottles.

Dental Emergency FAQ’s 

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No one ever expects to need an emergency dentist; however, it’s a situation 1 in 6 Americans face annually. You’re certain to have plenty of concerns, but don’t worry. We’re here for you when you need immediate care. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us to help ease any apprehensions until your appointment.

Can I be seen the same day?

As with any emergency, time is of the highest importance. It’s best to call our office as soon as possible to get the urgent attention you need. We’ll do everything we can to get you into the office the same day. We know your time is valuable, which is why we use the latest innovations to streamline your treatments. We also have flexible office hours to make it easier to get back to more important matters.

Does dental insurance cover emergency visits?

You don’t want the fear of a large dental bill to prevent you from getting the care you need. If you have dental insurance, you can benefit from affordable services to rehabilitate your smile. Although every policy differs, most plans can be used to help offset the cost of the exam, X-rays, and certain steps in your treatment.

Does placing a knocked-out tooth in milk really help?

You may have heard this old wives’ tale before, but it’s actually true! Cow’s milk is incredibly compatible with broken teeth, as it helps to maintain the correct fluid balance in the root of the tooth. This helps it survive longer, increasing the chances that it can be successfully reattached by your dentist.

If you completely knock out a tooth, you should attempt to place it back in its socket. However, if that’s simply not possible, storing the tooth in milk until you can see your emergency dentist is the next best thing.

What happens if my toothache goes away?

Many people believe it’s normal to have an occasional toothache, especially if it goes away. Unfortunately, a toothache is never a good sign. In fact, it often indicates an underlying problem, like an infection. If you wait too long to have it treated, you might lose your tooth. It’s best to see your dentist right away, even if your tooth has stopped hurting.

Do I need an extraction?

Extracting a damaged or problematic tooth might seem like the simple choice because it eliminates the issue. Unfortunately, losing a tooth opens the door to a new list of complications, like cavities and gum disease. Instead, we might be able to save your tooth using a root canal. The endodontic procedure extracts the inner most layer of the tooth to allow it to thrive for many years.