Unexpected dental emergencies can happen to anyone.
You take a bite of something, and you realize you have lost a filling or a crown. Or perhaps you have had some nagging tooth pain that continues to worsen. Maybe a tooth has been broken or injured.
Regardless of the time of day, it’s best to give us a call sooner rather than later. We can help you assess whether or not your situation is indeed an emergency, and we can get you in for an appointment—often on that very same day. When you call our office for an emergency, someone who works in the office will either answer or get back to you quickly, even after business hours.
What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?
Some dental situations require an immediate trip to the dentist or emergency room, while others can wait until normal business hours. How can you tell the difference?
If you chip or break a tooth while chewing something or because of an injury, you might be able to wait until the next available appointment at your dentist, depending on the severity of the of the injury and the location of the tooth.
Sometimes tooth trauma is severe or a tooth has been knocked out completely; if this is the case, you need to seek immediate medical attention.
When dealing with a tooth that has been knocked out of its socket, the first thing you can do is try to put it back into its socket. You can also place the tooth between your cheek and gum to keep it moist, but be careful not to swallow it. If neither of those is an option, place the tooth in a small container of milk until you can see a professional.
If your situation isn’t as clear-cut as a knocked-out tooth, give our office a call, and we can advise you. During normal business hours, we will try to see you immediately. But even it if it is after hours, someone from our team will be available to take your call—or to return your call shortly after you leave a message.
We Offer Affordable Care in Emergency Situations
We know that financial concerns over dental treatment are a reality for many of our patients. If you find yourself facing a dental emergency, the last thing you want to worry about is how much treatment will cost.
We offer several payment options so that you can get the emergency treatment you need. With our in-office and third-party financing options, we will do our best to find a solution so you can pay for treatment while still staying within your budget. Our office staff is also knowledgeable about insurance plans, and they will help ensure you receive your maximum benefits.
Preventing Future Dental Emergencies
Although some dental emergencies are unavoidable, many can be prevented by visiting your dentist twice each year for checkups.
Seeing Erie, PA dentist Dr. Sambuchino on a routine basis gives him a chance to spot potential problems while they are still small and easily treatable. People who don’t visit the dentist regularly are at a much higher risk of needing emergency treatment than those who do.
Call Lake Erie Dental if you think you might be facing a dental emergency. We will get you in for treatment as soon as possible!