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Emergency Dentist — Cumming, GA

Working Quickly to Relieve Your Discomfort

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Are you experiencing severe oral pain that’s impacting your day-to-day life? When you call Dentistry at Windermere, we’ll provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance and be with you through every step of the process. That way, you won’t have to deal with added stress, fear, or anxiety. Our emergency dentist does everything possible to fit you in the same day as the incident so we can ease your pain and get you back to your daily routine. For help or to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact our office today.

Why Choose Dentistry at Windermere for Emergency Dental Care?

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

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The Most Common Dental Emergencies

When you face a dental emergency, the stress of the situation and fear of the unknown can make it difficult to make a sound decision and act quickly to prevent any additional damage from occurring. That’s why our team at Dentistry at Windermere is dedicated to being there for you when you need it. Below, you can review some helpful tips for your convenience.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies 

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Every dental emergency is different, and there are countless treatments that may be necessary to restore your smile, depending on your situation. That makes it practically impossible to place a single price on emergency dental care. Our staff at Dentistry at Windermere will inform you of what needs to be done to treat your issue and can help you get in touch with your insurance provider to determine whether your visit will be covered. We accept all traditional dental insurance as well as PPO plans and are an in-network provider for several companies.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Although you can’t completely avoid dental emergencies, there are still some precautionary measures you can take in order to keep them from occurring. You can do this by:

Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry

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Dental emergencies should be handled as quickly as possible, and the cost of these procedures can sometimes be an uncomfortable hurdle in getting the care that you need.

Everyone here at Dentistry at Windermere wants to make getting care as painless as possible, so we’ll talk with you about your payment options when we meet you. Until then, here’s what you should know about the cost of emergency dentistry.

The Cost Depends on the Procedure

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When compared to cosmetic treatments or dental implants, dental emergency exams tend to be fairly inexpensive. However, the exact cost will depend on the treatment necessary to make you feel better—a root canal, for example, will be more expensive than a dental filling.

In some cases, dental emergencies may even necessitate a tooth extraction or TMJ treatment, both of which can be on the pricier side. Until the emergency exam, it’s hard to say exactly what you can expect treatment to cost you.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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Typically, the procedures used to treat dental emergencies fall well within the realm of restorative care, which most insurance plans will be happy to cover at least a portion of. While every plan is different, most of them will pay for between 50 to 80% of fillings, root canals, and dental crowns.

We’ll talk with you about what exactly your insurance is likely to cover before we do anything, so you shouldn’t be in for any unhappy surprises.

Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable

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If you need emergency care but don’t have insurance, that’s okay! We have plenty of options for people who don’t have dental coverage, or who have already exceeded their yearly maximum.

For one, we have a membership plan that can make many services more affordable. For $275/yr, you can get 20% off every service we offer. You can also get two free routine cleanings, two oral exams, and bitewing X-rays at no extra cost.

We also work with CareCredit to help patients who qualify to break the cost into manageable, low-to-no interest payments.

Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money

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If you want to keep your smile healthy on a budget, by far the best option is regular preventive care. Checkups are significantly less expensive than restorative care, and insurance plans cover them at a much higher percentage.

While certain dental emergencies are unavoidable, many others are the consequence of long-standing oral health problems. By getting regular preventive care, you can catch these oral health problems before things get serious.

Dental Emergency FAQs 

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In the event of a dental emergency, our team is always here for you to relieve your pain and help you move forward with a healthy smile. And since we know how stressful painful toothaches and other emergencies can be, we’ve put together answers to several common FAQs below to help you have all the information you need. But if you have any other questions or need an emergency dentist for yourself or a loved one, contact us anytime!

How Do I Know If I’m Having a Real Dental Emergency?

All of the following are examples of emergencies that need to be addressed immediately (but don’t hesitate to call us if you’re ever in doubt):

  • You have a knocked-out tooth.
  • You have heavy bleeding.
  • Your lip or cheek is swollen, or you have a pimple-like bump on your gums. These are signs of a deep cavity or infection that needs to be looked at right away.
  • Your pain or discomfort is keeping you from eating, sleeping, or working.
  • You’ve chipped a tooth.

Do I Need to Go to The Hospital ER for A Dental Emergency?

In most cases, no! In fact, as an experienced emergency dentist, we’re usually better able to address your needs and help you maintain your future oral health. With that said, there are some situations in which you should go to a hospital or urgent care center first, including:

  • If your jaw is broken.
  • If you have a severe cut or heavy bleeding that won’t stop, even after applying pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Since we have the best chance of saving a knocked-out tooth within the first hour, seek medical attention if you can’t see us within that time.
  • Similarly, if you have a painful toothache or any swelling and can’t make it to our office within a few hours, you may have a serious infection that needs antibiotics right away. If so, you can always call us afterward for any dental work that needs to be done.

In A Dental Emergency, Will I Need an Extraction?

Each case is different, so it will depend on the extent of damage to your tooth. However, we make every effort to save your natural teeth whenever possible. In the event that you do need an extraction, we’ll discuss replacement options such as a dental implant, bridge, etc.

What Causes a Toothache?

In general terms, a toothache occurs when the nerve of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. That may be due to a large cavity that reached the center of the tooth, an injury or accident, or a deep fracture that involves the nerve. In any case, a toothache is your body's way of telling you there's a problem that needs to be addressed right away.

Does Putting a Knocked-Out Tooth in Milk Really Help?

Yes! It’s very important to keep the tooth moist, but tap water can cause the cells on the root to swell and burst. This not only damages the tooth but also makes it harder to save. Milk contains compounds that keep the tooth "alive" such as sugars that the cells need to survive, proteins to maintain the right balance of acids, and antibacterial agents.

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