Emergency Dentist – Waco, TX
Bringing You Emergency Care When You Need It
Whether you’re struggling with serious tooth pain that just won’t go away or your child has somehow managed to knock out a permanent tooth while hanging out on the playground, Premier Family Dental is here to provide assistance and relief to patients in need. Please contact us right away here in Waco for fast emergency dental care so that emergency dentist Dr. Cofer can make time to see you as soon as possible.
Why Choose Premier Family Dental for Emergency Dental Care?
- Gets You Seen as Soon As Possible
- Highly Trained and Experienced Dentists
- Flexible Financing Options Available
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
- After you get in touch with our office, a team member will be able to speak with you and confirm the severity of your dental issue. We’ll do our best to get you scheduled as soon as possible as well as provide first-aid guidance over the phone to improve your comfort and prevent the issue (whether it’s a toothache, infection, or broken tooth) from getting worse.
- Once you do arrive for your emergency appointment, whether that’s the same day or in the near future, we’ll get you seen by Dr. Cofer. He will perform an exam to confirm the cause of your dental emergency. To do this, we may need to perform digital X-rays if the issue is not clearly visible.
- We’ll speak with you directly to discuss your treatment plan and the services that will be needed to resolve your dental emergency. This could include dental fillings, root canal therapy, tooth extractions, or another treatment depending on your unique situation.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
While there are ways to improve your dental emergency before you arrive, you should always give us a call directly to set up an appointment and get guidance on how to best manage your situation. Even if you aren’t sure if what you’re experiencing is a dental emergency, it’s better to be safe rather than allow your dental issue to potentially worsen.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
It pays to be careful when it comes to your smile. While you can’t always prevent dental emergencies, there are steps you can take to protect your teeth from damage. Here are some tips for you to implement in order to keep your smile safe from harm.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Even if you don’t think there’s anything going on with your smile, this doesn’t mean that you can skip over your regular dental visits. Tooth decay and oral infections can easily develop. You may not even notice them right away. It’s recommended that you see your dentist every six months for regular cleanings and checkups. This way, your hygienist can clear away plaque and tartar that has accumulated over time. Your dentist will be able to rule out possible issues going on with your smile. When small problems are addressed early on, you can keep painful dental emergencies from developing later.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits at Home
You should brush twice and floss each day. These are both excellent ways to remove food debris and plaque that can lead to cavities and gum disease over time. Pick out a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste containing fluoride – a natural mineral that can strengthen the enamel of the teeth, therefore reducing your risk of decay.
Be Careful with Your Diet
Diet plays a key role for your smile. If you are enjoying too many sugary and starchy foods, you are increasing your risk of developing cavities. It’s smart to only enjoy these items in moderation. Instead, fill up your dinner plate with fruit, veggies, and healthy proteins.
Wear a Mouthguard
Playing sports is a great way for you to get the exercise your body needs – and it’s fun! However, this is commonly the cause of broken and knocked-out teeth. By wearing a mouthguard, you can significantly reduce your chances of experiencing a dental injury. If you have bruxism, it’s a good idea to ask about getting a nightguard to limit the effects of teeth grinding while you sleep.
Use Tools, Not Teeth to Open Packaging
As convenient as it may seem, don’t use your teeth to rip through stubborn packaging. You could easily end up with a cracked or broken tooth. Instead, use scissors, a bottle opener, or another tool to help you complete your task safely.
Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry
Before we have the ability to outline the details of the cost of your emergency treatment, it’s crucial that we figure out exactly what’s causing your discomfort. We won’t be able to do this until we’ve conduct a thorough examination of your mouth. Based on our findings, we can outline a custom treatment plan and walk you through insurance coverage and financing options. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask our friendly dental team!
Every Dental Emergency is Different
The cost of a dental emergency varies on numerous different factors, but the initial visit is actually relatively inexpensive. During this appointment, our team will take the time to assess your oral health and determine what further treatment you need to restore your smile. Until you can come to the practice to have the issue examined, it’s nearly impossible to predict the overall cost. Some of the more common solutions to dental emergencies include the following:
- Root canal therapy
- Dental crowns
- TMJ treatment
- And more!
You can relax knowing that our committed team will thoroughly explain our findings, recommended treatment plan, and estimated cost ahead of time so you aren’t meant with any unnecessary surprises.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
Most of the time, dental insurance plans offer some form of coverage for dental emergency situations. In some plans, at least one yearly emergency exam may be fully covered, while common services associated with tooth pain, like root canal therapy and extractions, can receive partial coverage, anywhere from 50% to 80%. It’s important to note that each plan is different and yearly maximums usually come into effect. Before committing to treatment, confirm what is covered with your dental insurance company. We accept virtually all of the major PPO insurance plans found here in central Texas and will file claims on your behalf.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
Just because you don’t have dental insurance doesn’t mean that you are out of luck. We are happy to work with flexible financing plans through both CareCredit and Compassionate Finance. Both options can break down your overall cost into manageable monthly payments with little-to-no interest attached.
Our practice also has an in-house membership plans, so you can expect predicable, flat rates for treatment and avoid deductibles and annual maximums, all for an affordable annual fee! Our plans even include one yearly emergency exam.
Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money (or something similar – feel free to spin)
Not all dental emergencies are preventable, as unexpected, unavoidable incidents can happen out of the blue. However, when you implement some extra steps into your life, you can reduce your probability of developing oral health issues and needing emergency treatment. By avoiding dental emergencies, you can save hundreds, or even thousands of dollars over time.
You should always keep an eye out for changes in your mouth. New oral pain or visible changes can indicate that you have an issue that needs to be addressed. By caring for dental problems as soon as they occur, you can keep them from progressing and becoming more serious. The longer you put off dental treatment, the more it is likely to cost. For example, by coming to the practice for root canal therapy now, you may be able to avoid the cost and hassle of needing an extraction and tooth replacement in the future. You can save time, discomfort, and money!
Dental emergencies can happen unexpectedly, so we’re always eager to help. This is why we’re prepared to see you as soon as possible. Give us a call so we can get to the bottom of it!
Dental Emergency FAQs
Dental emergencies often come unexpected, and it can be difficult to know what you do when you’re experiencing stress and discomfort. If you have some unanswered questions, we are here to help! Here are the answers to some of the most common queries we receive about dental emergencies in Waco. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, give us a call. We’d be happy to explain more and schedule you for an urgent appointment.
Will my toothache go away on its own?
Toothaches don’t usually go away on their own. Because of this, it is best to schedule a checkup with a dentist just to ensure that nothing serious is going on. There are all sorts of potential causes for a toothache, and you’ll want to rule them out with a professional as soon as possible. Doing this can help you catch underlying problems before they turn more serious.
How should I sleep with tooth pain?
It can be difficult to get quality sleep when you are dealing with a toothache at night. Until you are able to see us for an emergency visit, keep your head elevated. This prevents blood from rushing to your head and intensifying your toothache. Additionally, take over-the-counter medication as needed and avoid foods that are particularly acidic, cold, or hard right before bed. A cold compress can also help to numb some of the discomfort.
Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?
Unfortunately, most emergency rooms are unable to address dental emergencies effectively. However, there are three main exceptions where a trip to the ER is a better option. You should head to your local ER if you have a jaw fracture or dislocation, serious cut or laceration to the face or mouth, or an abscess or infection that is swollen to the point where it is affecting breathing or swallowing. In pretty much any other circumstance, you should visit a dentist first.
Should knocked-out teeth be placed in water?
Water can be used to rinse a tooth, but the tooth should not be placed in water. Water can damage the root surface cells of the teeth, reducing the chances of it being able to be placed back into the socket. Instead, do your best to place it back into the open socket yourself. If you are unable to, try placing it in your cheek or in a container or milk, saliva, or saline solution. Seek dental attention within 30 minutes to one hour for the highest probability of saving your tooth.