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Emergency Dentist – San Antonio, TX

Expert Dental Care When You Need It Most

Cute male in his mid 20's touching his jawMaybe you tripped on your way to work and chipped a tooth on the sidewalk, or maybe your son or daughter is crying nonstop because of a pain in their mouth. When these scary situations occur, the last thing families want to hear is that their chosen dentist can’t see them for another two weeks. At San Pedro Smiles, Dr. Gonzalez prioritizes emergency care and will make time to see you on the same day as your initial call. Better yet, phone service is always available (even after-hours) so that we can arrange relieving treatment as soon as possible. If you need an emergency dentist in San Antonio, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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There are typically two different types of emergencies: a toothache or infection that develops over time due to poor oral hygiene and sudden injury or trauma to the mouth. At San Pedro Smiles, Dr. Gonzalez is experienced in handling a wide variety of dental emergencies. If you’re in pain, call our office right away. In the meantime, you should know what to do in the event of some common dental emergencies.

Toothaches

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If your tooth starts hurting out of nowhere, try flossing around the area to remove any debris. If your pain persists, you could have an infection that requires a root canal. Contact our office right away so Dr. Gonzalez can remove all of the infected or decayed tissue while saving your tooth from extraction.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

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A broken or cracked tooth can be painful because it exposes the sensitive inner portion of your dental structure. If this emergency occurs, use gauze to stop any bleeding that is happening and apply a cold compress to the outside of the affected area to ease swelling. After you’ve made yourself more comfortable, contact our office right away. We may be able to repair your tooth, however, there’s a chance that we may have to completely extract it if the damage is too severe.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If your tooth gets knocked-out, don’t panic! You may be able to save your tooth by picking it up by the crown and rinsing it off. Be carefully not to touch your tooth roots, and try to reinsert it back in your mouth, holding it in place with your tongue. If this isn’t possible, keep your tooth in milk or water until you can come see us. The quicker that you can come in for treatment, the higher your chances are of your tooth being successfully replanted.

Lost Filling/Crown

If you lose a crown or filling, you can use dental cement found at your local drugstore to reattach your restoration or cover your tooth. This protects the sensitive portion of your dental structure from hot or cold temperatures that cause pain. Contact us as soon as possible so Dr. Gonzalez can restore your tooth back to its full health.

How Can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?

While it’s impossible to guarantee a life free of surprise dental injuries and pain, there are several tips that our patients can follow in order to keep their smiles safe:

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

The cost of treating dental emergencies can greatly vary because of the wide-range of treatments that you may need. Some emergencies may only require antibiotics, while with others, you may need extensive restorative work. That’s why it’s almost impossible to give a precise estimate without examining your mouth first. The best way to know the cost of treating your specific dental emergency is to visit our practice. Dr. Justin J. Gonzalez will carefully examine your mouth to develop a personalized treatment plan that includes cost. He even accepts insurance and offers a membership plan to give quality dental care that is also affordable.

Dental Emergency FAQs

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Having an urgent dental situation is usually the last thing on your mind. However, they can happen at any moment and are more common than you might think. When a dental emergency strikes, you will likely have several questions. That’s why Dr. Gonzalez, your emergency dentist in San Antonio, has answered some of the most common questions he gets about dental emergencies.

Can I Fix My Loose Crown at Home?

Crowns or fillings normally become loose as they break down over the years. You might even have one fall off every once in a while. While you could temporarily ease the problem with dental glue from the pharmacy, that could actually lead to complications down the road. Bacteria could get trapped between your natural tooth and your restoration. Over time, this could result in an infection that could ultimately lead to the loss of your tooth. If your crown or filling comes loose, it’s best to call us as soon as you can instead of trying to handle the problem yourself.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Emergency Visits?

Many dental insurance plans cover emergencies, but you will have to check your individual policy. Depending on your benefits, the procedures that your insurance covers can vary significantly. If you visit a dentist who is in network, your insurance is more likely to pay for a greater portion of the treatment.

San Pedro Smiles is in-network with several insurance providers, including Delta Dental. Even if you are out-of-network with us, our team will work with you to keep your portion of the cost as low as possible.

Should I Go to the E.R. Instead?

When an emergency situation strikes, your first instinct may be to visit your local hospital. Most of the time, however, the staff at the emergency room is not equipped to handle specific dental emergencies. Usually, the most they can do is provide you with pain relievers or antibiotics, which is typically not enough to fully remedy your situation. This does not address the root cause of the problem. In most cases, it’s best to visit your emergency dentist in San Antonio, but if you think you may have a broken jaw, going to the E.R. might actually be your best bet.

How Long Should I Wait to Call an Emergency Dentist?

Dental emergencies always seem to happen at the most inopportune times. It can be tempting to wait until you have a few minutes to spare to call the dentist, but doing so may actually spell disaster. When you have a dental emergency, especially a knocked-out tooth, time is of the essence. You could end up losing your tooth permanently if you wait too long. No matter what your plans are for the day, you can always afford to put them on hold for the sake of keeping your teeth and calling your emergency dentist.

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