Emergency Dental Care
Persistent tooth pain, damaged teeth, and loose or missing dental appliances are serious dental issues that require emergency dental services. Our team of dedicated urgent care dentists in San Antonio is able to handle these and other common dental emergencies quickly and efficiently. We want you to be able to go about your day free from pain and confident in your smile.
Where Can I Go for Emergency Dental Care?
With any type of dental emergency, prompt treatment is essential to alleviate your pain and to protect the health of the affected tooth as well as the surrounding teeth. At our San Antonio clinic, we strive to serve our patients as efficiently and professionally as possible. In many cases, we are able to schedule same-day appointments. If you are suffering from a dental issue, call today to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable and compassionate dentists.
What Is the Cost of Emergency Dental Care?
The cost of emergency dental services is determined by a number of factors. Those factors may include the severity of the issue, the type of treatment required, your insurance coverage or others. During your consultation, the dentist will present you with your treatment options along with the anticipated costs. Our staff will also discuss ways in which you can make your treatment as affordable as possible.
What Are Common Types of Emergency Dental Care?
Emergency dental care covers a variety of services ranging from oral surgery to tooth repair and reconstruction. The following are a few of the emergency dental services that we offer at our San Antonio clinic:
When possible, our dentists will try to save your natural tooth for aesthetic and overall health reasons. In cases where the tooth cannot be salvaged, the dentist will perform an extraction using an anesthetic and other techniques to make the procedure as comfortable as possible for the patient.
Emergency Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Not all wisdom teeth have to be extracted. However, an extraction may be necessary in cases where the tooth does not erupt through the gum properly or when it comes in at an angle that affects the adjacent teeth.
If the pulp of your tooth is infected or inflamed, the dentist can perform a root canal to remove the damaged tissue. This will effectively alleviate your pain and save the tooth.
Root Canals for Children
Our dentists have the skills and knowledge necessary to perform root canals and other complex dental issues in younger patients.
Our office also provides routine extractions for decayed or damaged teeth, to alleviate overcrowding, or to prepare the mouth for orthodontic treatment.
What Are the Most Common Reasons for Seeking Emergency Dental Care?
You should contact an emergency dentist as soon as possible if you experience any of the following:
An abscess involves a serious infection of the tooth root. Symptoms typically include severe pain, fever, swelling, and oozing gums.
Cracked or Broken Teeth
Any defect in the surface or structure of the tooth can leave it vulnerable to infection and decay. We provide a number of treatments designed to restore cracked or broken teeth.
Fractured or Broken Jaw
If you have suffered a facial injury, experience pain when talking or eating, or notice that your bite seems off, you may have a broken or fractured jaw. Contact our office as soon as possible so that one of our dentists can realign the jaw to ensure proper healing.
Lost, Broken, or Loose Crowns
Crowns are an effective way to reinforce the structure of a tooth that is heavily damaged, or following a root canal. If a crown is damaged or missing, your tooth becomes susceptible to further damage and may even break off completely.
Without proper treatment, tooth and gum infections can lead to tooth loss or even cause systemic illness. Our San Antonio dentists are able to treat the underlying infection and provide you with treatment options to ensure the long-term health of your teeth and gums.
While having a tooth knocked-out is certainly scary, it is often possible to save the natural tooth and avoid an artificial replacement. When possible, place the tooth back into the socket or in a glass of milk, and contact us as soon as possible for an emergency appointment.
Loose or Lost Fillings
A damaged or missing filling leaves the exposed tooth vulnerable to decay. To protect your tooth, contact our office as soon as possible for a replacement.
Severe Gum or Facial Swelling
Swelling is typically a sign of injury or infection. Our dentists can diagnose the issue and recommend appropriate treatment options.
Ignoring a toothache will only allow the underlying problem to worsen. By contacting our office right away to have the problem diagnosed and treated, you may be able to avoid more extensive and expensive treatments.
Is San Antonio Emergency Dental Care Expensive?
We never want cost to prevent someone from getting the emergency dental care that they need. We will work with your insurance provider to obtain the maximum coverage possible under your plan. We also offer the MetroCare dental discount plan, which can save you anywhere from 20 to 80 percent on routine and emergency dental services. This plan can be used with insurance or for those patients that lack dental insurance. Call today for more information.