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Plano Emergency Dentistry: Help Right When You Need It

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Everyone knows that the key to handling any kind of emergency is not to panic. However, that’s usually easier said than done. The solution, therefore, is to have a plan in place. If you are in the midst of a dental emergency, then the first thing you should do is call Plano emergency dentist Dr. Antoon. At a moment’s notice, Dr. Antoon and his team will be ready to help. If necessary, we can schedule an appointment immediately, because sometimes the difference between losing and saving a tooth is a mere 30 minutes. To reach our office, call (972) 267-5000. One of our staff will be able to offer you advice on how to handle your particular emergency until you arrive at our office. Also, Antoon Family Dental offers an emergency exam and x-ray for only $25.

Prevention Instead of an Emergency

Our first piece of advice is that the best way to avoid a dental emergency is with wise prevention. Dental emergencies often occur during athletic competition or casual play. In either situation, a mouthguard should be a standard part of your uniform. Dr. Antoon can provide a custom-fitted mouthguard that is comfortable to wear. This oral device protects the teeth, gums, lips, and tongue from injury so you can concentrate on your game.

Emergency Care from Your Plano Dentist

Dr. Antoon and his staff are here for you no matter what your emergency might be. Whether you are dealing with a knocked out tooth or a broken tooth or a toothache, you can count on Antoon Family Dental to help.

If your emergency is a knocked out tooth, then time is of the essence. This is the emergency where 30 minutes can make all the difference! If possible, call our office to tell us you’re on the way. In the meantime, the following steps will help preserve your tooth:

  • Touch the tooth’s crown and never the root
  • Rinse the tooth with water
  • Hold the tooth in its socket if there isn’t too much bleeding
  • If this isn’t possible, place the tooth in a sealed container filled with milk or saltwater

When you arrive at your 75024 dentist, Dr. Antoon will be able to determine whether or not the tooth can be saved.

Other common emergencies are a broken tooth and a toothache. Both of these warrant immediate attention. A broken tooth may cause damage to a tooth’s interior where sensitive nerve, lymph, and blood tissue are housed. A serious toothache may similarly indicate that these tissues have been damaged by infection. In either case, root canal therapy may be necessary.

Call us if you have an emergency or to schedule an appointment for any of our dental services. We regularly see Plano patients including busy professionals who work on Preston Road, Coit Road, Spring Creek Parkway, and in the Shops at Legacy.

Dental Emergency Frequently Asked Questions

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At Antoon Family Dental, we want to make sure that our patients have all the information they need should a dental emergency strike. Emergencies can never be fully prevented, which is why it’s crucial that you’re prepared. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the answers to some of the questions we get asked the most often about dental emergencies.

What’s Considered a Dental Emergency?

Pain and discomfort in your mouth can be relatively common, so how can you determine when it’s an emergency situation? If you notice the following signs, you might have an emergency on your hands:

  • Intense pain
  • Bleeding
  • Broken or loose teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Swelling
  • Loose, broken, or dislodged crowns or fillings
  • Sores or abscesses that won’t go away

Most dental emergencies come from one of two different categories: injury, or infection as a result of poor oral hygiene. At Antoon Family Dental, we are more than ready to treat both!

When Should I Go to the Emergency Room vs. the Dentist?

If your dental emergency is life-threatening, then you should absolutely go to the hospital instead of your emergency dentist. Issues like uncontrollable swelling that hinders your breathing, jaw fractures, deep cuts, jaw dislocations, and serious abscesses or infections all require an immediate visit to the ER. For any other dental emergency, or infection that isn’t affecting your breathing, call and schedule an appointment with us instead.

Will I Need a Root Canal?

Root canals are one of the most common treatments for severe toothaches. When decay or injury reaches the sensitive inner portion of the tooth, where nerves and blood vessels are housed, it causes extreme pain. One of the best ways to relieve that pain is with root canal therapy, where we remove the damaged nerve from the tooth so that you no longer feel pain there. If your toothache is severe enough, root canal treatment may be necessary.

How Long Should I Wait for Emergency Treatment?

Ideally, you should call us immediately if you have a dental emergency. Unlike general medical conditions, which often get better on their own with time, dental problems actually worsen the longer you leave them alone. Additionally, if you have knocked out a tooth, then time is of the utmost importance, as you have less than an hour to successfully reattach the tooth. Since most dental emergencies have pain associated with them, it’s a good idea to seek treatment as soon as you possibly can. Give us a call as soon as you experience a dental problem.

Will My Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

It’s difficult to estimate your coverage, because there are so many different kinds of dental emergencies, and even more kinds of insurance plans out there. Treatments for dental emergencies vary greatly, so it’s possible your insurance may cover treatment, while it’s also possible that it doesn’t. For example, your insurance is very likely to cover the majority of minor restorations like fillings, while they are unlikely to cover more than a minor portion of major restorative procedures like tooth replacement with dental implants. However, don’t worry. Our friendly and helpful team will be more than happy to work with you to file your insurance claims to maximize your plan’s benefits and minimize your out-of-pocket costs.