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Emergency Dentistry – Willow Grove, PA

Urgent Care You Can Depend On

Needless to say, no one ever expects a dental emergency to happen. But when one does, it is important to have a plan so you can get the care you need without delay. In many situations, an hour here or there could mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth! Fortunately for Willow Grove, urgent dental care is just a phone call away with Advanced Smile Design. When you contact us, we’ll work to see you as soon as possible so we can help solve your problem as quickly as we can.

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Why Choose Advanced Smile Design for Emergency Dentistry?

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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Dental emergencies can take many different forms, but our approach to handling them can usually be broken into the following four simple steps:

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are often the ultimate result of poor oral hygiene practices, but sometimes they’re also the outcome of an accident. Regardless of the cause, you should seek help from a dental professional without delay. Below, you’ll find examples of some particularly common emergencies that we treat at our office in Willow Grove.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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It’s important to know that there is no set cost for treating a dental emergency. Our treatment recommendations will be based solely on the needs of the patient. One person might just need a small filling, while another may require a root canal and crown. Our goal is always to get someone out of pain before addressing any structural damage. For patients/parents concerned about an unexpected dental expense, we accept dental insurance, offer low-to-no-interest financing, and even have our own In-House Savings Plan. Keep reading to learn all about the cost of emergency dentistry in Willow Grove. 

Every Dental Emergency is Unique

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Even though it might seem convenient to provide a cost estimate over a phone call, it’s impossible to do so without an initial consultation. Our team will first need to evaluate your oral health in person before we can tell you how much a dental emergency will cost, as every patient’s case is different. For instance, a person may only need a simple filling while another might require tooth extraction. Before beginning any work, we’ll walk you through your treatment options and review the overall price so you know what to expect.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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In most cases, preventive and restorative treatments, such as checkups and cleanings, fluoride treatment, fillings, and dental crowns will often receive complete or partial coverage. This will depend on each person’s insurance provider, so it’s important to verify the details of your policy before starting any procedures. Our team is also more than happy to help you navigate your plan so that you can maximize your benefits while maintaining a healthy smile.

Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable

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If you don’t have dental insurance, it doesn’t mean you’ll be out of options for making your dental care affordable. Our team provides multiple options that can help lower your out-of-pocket expenses when treating dental emergencies. We offer alternative financing through third-party financiers like CareCredit and Sunbit, which can turn the overall cost of your treatment into low-to-no-interest monthly payments. We also have an in-house savings plan that gives 20% discounts on any restorative/cosmetic treatment for one low annual fee. For new patients, we provide emergency visits for $49, which include an exam and X-rays.

Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money

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Though we can help address your dental emergency, it’s also best to practice preventive measures that can help you avoid complications in the future. The majority of urgent situations originate from oral health issues that could have been treated early on. For this reason, you should consider investing in your smile with regular dental checkups and cleanings every six months or sooner to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Our team will also thoroughly polish your pearly whites, that way you can show off your grin without many worries.

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

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Dental Emergency FAQs

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At this point, you may see how emergency dentistry is helpful. It does, after all, have the power to save your teeth! That said, you likely want to know more details about the field. Having such facts will help you settle if treatment is right for you. Luckily, we at Advanced Smile Design can ease your concerns: below are the answers to popular dental emergency questions. Reading them should help you confirm how an emergency dentist in Willow Grove works. Otherwise, you’re always free to call us.

Can the emergency room remove a tooth?

Generally, no – an emergency room isn’t equipped to pull teeth. Only licensed dentists can perform a tooth extraction, making the procedure illegal for anyone else. Hospital staff aren’t exceptions to this rule.

At best, an emergency room can provide antibiotics and pain medication. However, these things won’t address the problem underlying your toothache. They’ll only (temporarily) relieve some of its worst symptoms.

Besides, keep in mind that a tooth extraction may be unnecessary. If you see a dentist quickly enough, root canal therapy can treat your problem before it worsens. You’d then be able to save your tooth from being pulled.

Do chipped teeth heal?

True enough, tooth enamel is resilient; it’s even the hardest substance in the human body. Still, the fact remains that it won’t heal on its own. At most, chipped teeth can only re-mineralize – deposit calcium and phosphate into pre-existing enamel. That process repairs your pearly whites but doesn’t “grow back” the enamel they’ve lost.

Ultimately, only restorative or cosmetic dentistry can change a tooth’s condition. As such, you might want to hide a chip with dental bonding, a crown, or a porcelain veneer. It could remain visible and unsightly otherwise.

Should knocked-out teeth be placed in water?

While you can rinse a tooth with water, you shouldn’t place it in any. Prolonged exposure to water damages the surface cells of teeth. Therefore, storing a knocked-out tooth in the liquid reduces your chances of saving it.

Alternatively, you should hold the tooth in its original socket. Doing so gives your dentist a better chance of getting it back in place. If that option isn’t possible, though, you can store the tooth in milk or saline solution for up to one hour.

What does chronic bad breath mean?

Everyone suffers from bad breath occasionally; it’s a normal part of life. Chronic bad breath, though, is different. Also known as halitosis, this condition is often a sign of serious oral problems. These might include:

  • Gum disease – One of the main symptoms of gum disease is bad-smelling breath. If infected gums are the source of your halitosis, you should seek dental care immediately.
  • Tooth Decay/Cavities – The same bacteria that decay teeth also tend to cause foul odors.
  • Dry Mouth – Your mouth might produce an insufficient amount of saliva. In that case, smelly bacteria can gather on your tongue, creating bad breath.

If your bad breath persists for an extended period, see your dentist immediately.

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