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While you may keep up with your regular cleanings and dental work, emergencies can and do happen. How you handle them can affect the outcome. Whether as a result of an accident, sports injury, infection or fall, dental emergencies can result in knocked-out teeth, abscesses, chipped teeth and more. The key is to act quickly and contact your general dentist in Studio City.
Check out these common emergencies and what to do if they happen to you.
With the warm weather upon us, it’s natural to want to get outside, enjoy nature, swim, camp and engage in other outdoor activities. However, keeping your teeth safe this summer may be a challenge, especially if you just got teeth whitening treatments or your braces were recently removed. How can you protect them to maintain your brilliant smile? We will tell you how.
You never know when you’ll experience a dental emergency. But when you do, it’s important to have a trusted dentist lined up so you won’t be scrambling to find emergency care. Many general dentists also offer emergency dental services and have a 24/7 line you can call to get care when you need it. Other dentists do not have the resources to offer emergency dentistry, and in those cases, you may have to visit an urgent dental care walk-in clinic.
How can you choose the best emergency dentist for you? Here are some considerations.
You existing dentist may have a 24/7 line you can call to get in touch with an on-call dentist and meet them in the office for treatment no matter what time it is. Find out from the dentist what their policy is on emergencies and what constitutes such a visit.
If you choose to go to an urgent care medical facility, you don’t need an appointment, but you may have longer a wait time.
An emergency dentist will give you an exam and determine the root of the problem. Sometimes, you need an extraction or other emergency procedure, which can be done at the time of that emergency visit. Other times, you have to go back to the dentist at a later date for follow-up care and procedures in the case of more extensive work. A good dentist will check your medical history before working on you to see if there are any medical issues that tie in to your specific situation. This is to prevent complications.
Emergency dental work typically costs more than general dentistry services performed during regular business hours. However, dental insurance plans may cover some or all of the emergency dental work. Call and check with your insurance plan provider.
For those procedures that you must pay for out of pocket, many dentists offer affordable financing.
Once your visit with an emergency dentist is over, you may be advised to come back at a later date for a follow-up visit. This is so your dentist can keep an eye on the healing process to ensure there are no complications.