Emergency Dentistry – Ann Arbor, MI
Pain Relieving & Smile Restoring Dental Care
There are many kinds of dental emergencies, but do you know what they all have in common? No one ever plans for them to happen. Trust us when we say that they are always unexpected! Fortunately, you can have a plan on what to do should you ever find yourself in the middle of a dental emergency, and that plan should be to call Dr. James Olsen for emergency dentistry in Ann Arbor, MI.
Dr. Olsen and our team are able to handle a wide variety of dental emergencies in-house, and we always try to see emergency patients the same day that they call in. Basically, if you’re ever in pain, we won’t keep you waiting. If you or a loved one ever experience a dental emergency, try not to worry, because we will take care of you.
We Can Help with the Following Dental Emergencies:
- Knocked out teeth
- Partially dislodged teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Severe toothache
- Abscessed teeth
- Object stuck between the teeth
- Injury to the lips, gums, or jaw
- Pain or swelling in the face
If you have suffered a broken bone in addition to your dental injury, or if you can’t stop bleeding after 10 minutes, be sure to head straight to your local emergency room first. Only contact us after you have been cleared to leave! If you’re unsure whether or not your situation is an emergency, just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to let you know what you should do next.
Tips to Avoid Dental Emergencies
- Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports, contact or otherwise
- Don’t chew on extremely hard items like ice, rock candies, etc.
- Don’t use your teeth to open bottles, packages, or remove tags.
- Come see us for regular checkups and cleanings so we can catch a small problem before it turns into an emergency later!
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
When it comes to the cost of pain relieving and smile restoring dental care, every situation is unique. Ultimately, the price of treating your dental emergency will depend on the type and severity of your problem. For example, treating a toothache may be as simple and inexpensive as getting a filling or prescription, but it could also require a lengthier treatment like root canal therapy or an extraction. Once you reach our office, we’ll work quickly to confirm exactly what’s going on, prescribe a treatment plan, and discuss affordable payment options with you.
Every Dental Emergency Is Different
While there is no set cost for treating dental emergencies, you can rest assured that we offer fair and reasonable prices for the emergency treatments you need. Once we’ve taken a look at your mouth and diagnosed the issue, we’ll be able to recommend an action plan and the estimated cost. The most common treatments we use to address dental emergencies include:
- Dental crowns
- TMJ treatment
- Root canal therapy
- Tooth extractions
- And many more!
We will always take the time to explain our findings, the recommended treatment(s), and a personal estimation of costs beforehand so you know exactly what to expect.
Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money
Not all dental emergencies are unavoidable. Some are the result of unchecked infection or damage caused by poor oral hygiene or bad dental habits. Simple steps like brushing, flossing, and getting two dental checkups a year can save you thousands of dollars in prevented dental emergencies over the years.
If your tooth does become damaged or starts to hurt, it’s essential that you don’t put off getting treatment even if you’re concerned about costs. Remember, your teeth can’t heal themselves like the rest of your body. The longer you wait to fix issues like cavities, inflamed gums, or chipped teeth, the more likely they are to advance into serious, painful, and expensive issues like dental infections, gum disease, and broken teeth.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
While every dental insurance policy is different, many offer some form of coverage for emergency situations. Many policies will include 90-100% coverage for one emergency exam every year. In addition, the most common services used for dental emergencies such as gum disease therapy or a dental crown receive partial coverage typically between 50-80%. Our knowledgeable team will be happy to review the details of your policy with you to make sure your benefits are being maximized.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
If you don’t have dental insurance or if you don’t have adequate coverage, treating dental emergencies can still be affordable. We’re pleased to offer financing options through CareCredit. This third-party company has low- to no-interest payment plans so you don’t have to pay for your entire treatment all at once. Instead, the cost can be broken up into smaller payments that easily fit into your monthly budget. If you’re still concerned about the price of caring for your smile, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you navigate the cost and ensure that regaining optimal oral health is as affordable as possible.
Emergency Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions
Dealing with teeth that are hurting, damaged, or dislodged can be extremely stressful and anxiety-inducing. Fortunately, Dr. James Olsen and the rest of our dental team are here to help you soothe your worries while also getting your oral health back on the right track. In the meantime, though, you may have some questions about emergency dentistry. We’ve done our best to answer the emergency questions that we get asked the most frequently down below.
What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?
Because oral pain and discomfort can be quite common, it can be difficult to tell whether your situation warrants a visit with your emergency dentist in Ann Arbor. The most common signs that you need urgent dental care include:
- Severe pain
- Intense bleeding
- Teeth that are broken, loose, or missing
Even if you’re not sure that what you’re experiencing is an emergency, it’s better to err on the side of caution and give us a call anyway. When it comes to your oral health, it’s much better to be safe than sorry.
Should I Call the Emergency Room?
Sometimes, in a dental emergency, your first instinct may be to call the hospital instead of our dental office. This is the right call if you have a broken jaw, profuse bleeding after 15 minutes of applying pressure, or intense swelling that hinders your ability to swallow or breathe. However, in most cases, you’re better off contacting us instead.
Most emergency rooms don’t have a dentist on staff. As a result, the best they may be able to you is write you a prescription for antibiotics or pain medication. They won’t be able to deal with the root cause of your infection, and they certainly don’t have the equipment necessary to heal a broken tooth. Cases like these are best left to actual dentists like Dr. Olsen.
Does My Tooth Need to Be Removed?
You might think that pulling your tooth might get rid of your dental pain at the source. However, we generally only extract a tooth as a last resort. Missing teeth come with a whole host of oral health problems, like weakening your jawbone and putting you at risk for further tooth loss. Because of this, we avoid extraction unless all other treatment options have been exhausted. If we determine that extraction is necessary, though, we’ll walk you through the process, including tooth replacement options.
My Toothache Went Away. Do I Still Need Treatment?
If your toothache fades away, you might be relieved at first, but the truth is that if your pain was due to an infection, your problem is far from over. A loss of pain could mean the nerve inside the tooth is “dead,” so it has stopped sending pain signals to the brain. Ignoring the problem could cause the infection to spread to other parts of your mouth or even other areas of your body. See us as soon as you can if your toothache goes away. It could save your tooth from needing an extraction.