Emergency Dentist — Chesapeake, VA
Act Fast and Relieve Your Dental Pain!
By their very nature, dental emergencies only happen at the worst possible times. You’re playing a game with your friends, and before you know it, something collides with your mouth and a tooth is knocked out. Or, you suddenly realize that your minor toothache has turned into searing pain. In these situations, time is often of the essence, and you need to act fast in order to relieve your pain and save your smile. If you or a loved one find yourselves in the middle of a dental emergency, you just need to remember one thing: call Estrada Dentistry.
Our mission is to keep everyone healthy and happy in Chesapeake and beyond, so when you need dental care right NOW, we’ll be there. When you call in with one, we’ll be ready to offer advice, first-aid tips, and even provide same-day care if necessary. We always try to see emergency patients as quickly as possible. Dental emergencies are unpleasant for sure, but with Estrada Dentistry, you can now have the peace of mind knowing that you have a plan should the unexpected ever happen to your smile.
Why Choose Estrada Dentistry for Emergency Dental Care?
- Same-Day Appointments and Walk-Ins Available
- Two Highly Experienced Dentists In-House
- Advanced, Modern Dental Technology
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
- Same-day appointment: The moment you notice something is not quite right with your smile, please give us a call right away. Not only are you more likely to get an appointment scheduled the same day when you do, but we can provide first-aid tips over the phone and answer questions you may have.
- Emergency exam: When you do arrive, one of our dentists will get you seen for an emergency exam. This process includes not only a close examination of your mouth, but potentially digital X-rays if needed to confirm the source of your symptoms.
- Review findings: Our team will go over their findings with you, then recommend specific treatments they believe will resolve your emergency and prevent it from coming back. This recommendation also includes the estimated costs and length of time to complete.
- Get the care you need: While length of treatment can vary depending on your emergency, we will work as quickly as we can to get you the relief you need. Common treatments we recommend for dental emergencies typically include dental fillings, same-day crowns, root canal therapy, and extractions.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can come in many different forms, making their treatment and management difficult to know at first. That’s why we recommend you call our office so a professional can help. In the meantime, here’s what you can do to prevent your emergency from taking a turn for the worse.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
In a perfect world, no one would ever experience a dental emergency. Unfortunately, that isn’t possible, but the following tips will drastically decrease your chances of needing an emergency dentist:
- Wear a sportsguard whenever you’re participating in sports (contact or otherwise)
- Avoid chewing on extremely hard things like ice and hard candies
- Don’t use your teeth to open packages or bottles
- Get regular checkups and cleanings so our team can catch a minor issue before it can turn into an emergency later
Dental Emergency FAQ’s
Do you have a plan in case you ever need to deal with a dental emergency? Are you concerned about the kind of care your emergency dentist in Chesapeake can offer in the worst-case scenario? It is always better to ask any questions you have long before an issue actually occurs so that you don’t lose any time when you require treatment. Below, we have listed just a few common concerns that patients often have.
Is it ever necessary to call the hospital for a dental emergency?
Broken teeth and toothaches need immediate attention, but they are not the kind of issue that a hospital emergency room is equipped to deal with. For most cases where you’re suffering from pain or an injury related to the mouth, we can provide you the expert care you need at a reasonable cost. That said, you are better off calling 911 for especially dangerous problems that need to be addressed right away, including:
- A broken or otherwise fractured jaw
- Swelling of the gums or other oral tissue that makes breathing or swallowing difficult
- Any kind of cut that won’t stop bleeding even after you apply pressure to it with a piece of gauze
How long do I have to replant a tooth?
It is possible to put a freshly lost adult tooth back in your mouth, but the window of opportunity to do so is very limited. You should get to our office no later than an hour after the initial injury has occurred. Before the surgery, it’s important that you avoid damaging the root of the tooth; that means you should only pick the tooth up by the crown and avoid placing it in water (which could damage living cells that might still be attached to it). If replantation is no longer possible, we can discuss other options, such as dentures or dental implants.
How much will my emergency visit cost?
“Dental emergency” is a rather broad category; it could be caused by an infection, or it might be an injury you suffered after getting hit in the mouth. Because of that, you won’t have an idea of how much you can expect to pay until after we’ve checked your mouth. Dental insurance can help you cover the cost of your care, but patients who don’t have such coverage can ask about financing options.