We realize that you cannot schedule emergencies. They pop up at the most inconvenient times! When urgent dental care is needed, Dr. Stacy Goodwill & Dr. Jessica Majidian of Cornerstone Dental in Fargo, ND, will be here for you. We make emergencies a top priority in our dental office, and the doctor even builds extra time into the daily schedule to accommodate emergency patients.
If a dental emergency suddenly has you sidelined, call us now and we will see you as soon as possible.
Dental emergencies can range from a throbbing toothache to having a tooth knocked out. Whatever your emergency, call us and we will provide instructions on how to care for the tooth until you can get to the dental office. Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat include:
Patients may suffer from a toothache for a variety of reasons. An abscessed or infected tooth can cause significant pain. Our doctors can provide a prescription for antibiotics to help fight the infection, and if the patient experiences extreme pain, can offer pain medication as well. Some toothaches result from cavities or exposed nerves. An emergency filling or crown may be the solution to resolve the pain, correct damage, and protect the tooth.
A patient may crack or break a tooth by biting down on something hard, like candy or ice cubes. Sometimes, even habits like biting nails can lead to a damaged tooth. Facial trauma, such as a hit to the face or falling may also cause teeth to crack or break. A cracked tooth typically does not hurt when the patient bites down, but when released the bite may feel throbbing pain. Broken teeth can range in severity. The doctors can usually polish out a small chip in a tooth with little effort. These small chips may not cause pain but may leave the tooth with sharp edges that can cut the tongue or cheeks. A larger break may need immediate attention. If you have a badly broken tooth, call our dental office right away, and we will instruct you in caring for the tooth until you can get to us. If you notice bleeding, press gauze or a tea bag on the area to stop the blood.
Whether due to a fall or an accident, a knocked-out tooth needs immediate attention. If you suffer a knocked-out tooth outside our business hours, you should head to the emergency room for medical treatment. Try to put the tooth back into the socket, handling it as little as possible. If you cannot do this, place the tooth in a container of milk or ADA recommended tooth preservation product, such as Save-A-Tooth®. Get to our dental office or the emergency room as quickly as possible. The faster your tooth receives attention, the better the likelihood of saving it.
Give the restoration a quick rinse and try to place it back onto your tooth. If it won’t stay, a little bit of toothpaste can help, but DON’T use any other kind of adhesive. Avoid chewing with the tooth until you can see us. If you’re feeling any pain or sensitivity, it’s OK to take an OTC medication. For any swelling, place a cold compress on the face in 10 minute intervals.
There are many different types and severities of dental emergencies, and because of this, there is no fixed price for urgent care. When a patient comes to see us, we will base our treatment recommendations on what will get them out of pain the quickest, and then we’ll move on to repairing any damage to the smile. For patient’s concerned about being able to afford an unexpected dental expense, our dental office is happy to accept insurance, and we also offer flexible financing.
After dealing with the initial shock and pain of a dental emergency, you might start to worry about how much treatment will cost. There is no one answer because dental emergencies come in many different forms and severities. When we recommend the services that we have deemed necessary to restore your oral health, we will also give you a reliable estimate along with a review of your payment options so that you don’t have to stress out about fitting the cost of emergency dentistry in Fargo into your budget.
The overall cost of emergency care is unique for every patient. First, you need to consider the base cost of the initial emergency visit, during which a personalized treatment plan is devised based on the damage that has been done. Then you have to take the individual cost of whatever procedures are needed to stop your pain and repair the damage done to your teeth and gums. It’s basically impossible to know how much you’ll end up paying for your treatment until we’ve taken a look at your teeth, but all of the relevant pricing information will be made available for you before we begin your treatment.
Insurance plans tend to differ somewhat in the treatments they cover and how much coverage they provide, but generally speaking, you can expect your plan to help pay for most of the treatments most commonly associated with dental emergencies, like root canal therapy and dental crowns. Coverage is usually in the range of 50% to 80%, with smaller treatments usually getting better coverage.
Another way to make it easier to pay for emergency care is to apply for third-party financing. This makes it so you don’t have to pay everything all at once; you can instead break the cost up and pay in monthly installments. Our office accepts both CareCredit and LendingClub, two financing companies trusted by health professionals across the country. Our team can help you with the application process right now if you call our office. When helping you figure out ways to pay for emergency care, we’ll go over your financing options in more detail as well as your available methods of payment.
You can save a lot of money on your dental care just by making sure dental emergencies never happen. Not every accident can be predicted or avoided, but a steady routine of brushing and flossing every day in conjunction with regular dental checkups can go a long way towards preventing decay and infection in your mouth. Also, if you notice anything wrong with your teeth and gums, you can protect yourself from more serious problems by seeking care right away instead of putting it off. Small cracks and cavities tend to require less expensive care than damage that already affects a large part of the tooth.