Will you need anything for your emergency dental care appointment?
You must have some information to hand when you attend your appointment. If you’ve not seen us before, we won’t have any of your dental history to look back on.
With that in mind, the first thing to do is to bring any recent dental-related paperwork with you. It could be in the form of a patient profile, X-Rays, or invoices.
Also, if you’ve been prescribed any medication for your teeth, bring that too. Even if you’ve finished the course of medicine, bring the empty pill bottle with you.
You should also make a note of any other prescription medicine you are taking. That’s because it could conflict with any dental medication that we may prescribe to you. It’s also crucial that you tell us if you have any allergies. That way, you aren’t given anything that could cause you an allergic reaction.
When it comes to paying for any dental treatment, you have a couple of choices: self-paying and insurance. With the first option, you agree to cover the cost of any treatment and medication in full. Usually, the most convenient way to cover those costs is with a debit or credit card.
If you’re planning to have your insurance company cover the cost, there are a few things you need to do. First of all, you should find out if we will accept your insurance cover. You could, of course, contact your insurance company and ask them. But, it’s quicker and easier to have us check for you.
What if your insurance cover is not acceptable at Fitchburg Smiles? We can give you a rough estimate of how much your treatment will cost. That way, you won’t have any unwelcome surprises when it comes to paying your bill.
Once you’ve arranged a date and time to visit us, be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment. That way, you’ll have ample time to fill out any paperwork and ask any questions before you see the dentist.
Last, but not least, it’s essential to be open with the dentist when you see them. If you have any anxiety or fear, please let the team know. We are very experienced in dealing with patient anxiety. And we want to make your appointment as painless and stress-free as possible!
Do let us know at any point during your appointment how you’re feeling. Aside from fixing any dental problems, we want to make you feel comfortable about any treatment you need.
Dental implantsA popular alternative to dentures, dental implants involve the implantation of titanium into the gum for a natural and resilient replacement in cases of missing teeth. By bonding to the jawbone, implants can help to both maintain jaw structure and naturally cover gaps where missing teeth would be. Multiple surgical procedures are necessary to make this treatment possible, and the process can take around a year in cases of severe bone deterioration. Still, implants can both work to improve your smile and increase overall dental health. You certainly won’t need to worry about losing the natural contours of your face with these in place.
What to do if you’ve got knocked-out teeth?
Many people have emergency dental care due to problems that develop over a period of time. But, we do sometimes see patients that may have had some physical trauma and lost one or more teeth.
If the latter has happened to you, it’s essential to determine whether you need a trip to your nearest ER or not! If you’ve had head trauma, the answer will always be a resounding yes.
However, what if you’ve had a tooth come out by biting too hard on something, for instance? In those cases, it’s still okay to make an emergency appointment.
If you’ve lost a tooth, it’s essential to try and find it. Assuming you’ve been lucky and can see where it is, pick it up from the crown and not the root. The dentist can only attempt to replant your tooth if the root isn’t damaged.
Be sure to keep your tooth somewhere safe, such as in a glass of water, until your emergency appointment.
What should you do if you’ve lost a crown or filling?
Another reason we see patients on an emergency basis is when they lose a crown or filling. Believe it or not, it’s quite common for that to occur.
If that has happened to you, it’s highly likely you are in a lot of pain right now. Crowns and fillings often cover large holes in teeth. When those holes get exposed, it will cause you to be in a world of pain.
What’s more, if that tooth gets left exposed for a long time, it can become infected quite easily. Plus, you could end up needing a tooth extraction if it gets damaged from food or drink.
While you are waiting for your emergency appointment, it’s essential that you head down to your local drug store. You’ll need to pick up some dental cement or cotton balls to plug the hole temporarily.
Should you see an emergency dentist or doctor first?
In general, if you’ve only got a dental issue, you will only need to visit us for emergency dental care. But, if you’ve had tooth damage due to an accident, you may need to see an Emergency Room doctor first.
That’s because you may need treatment and pain relief for any injuries sustained to other parts of your body. If you need pain relief until you see an emergency dentist, visit your local drug store. They may have suitable pain relief medication that you can take to cope with the pain in the meantime.
Why choose Fitchburg Smiles for emergency dental care?
We at Fitchburg Smiles have a friendly team of qualified and experienced dental professionals. Our state of the art practice incorporates the latest in dental technology for your peace of mind.
At Fitchburg Smiles, we offer a range of dental services and treatment plans. We also have affordable payment options, including flexible financing arrangements.
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