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Emergency Dentist in Chesapeake

Woman holding ice pack to cheekBy 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. 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.

Common Dental Emergencies

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Estrada Dentistry is ready and able to handle the following dental emergencies and more:

  • Knocked out tooth
  • Partially dislodged tooth
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • A severe toothache
  • Damaged dental work (fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures)
  • Object stuck between the teeth
  • Injury to the gums
  • Injury to the jaw
  • Pain or swelling in the face

How to Avoid a Dental Emergency

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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 rock 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

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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 actually 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 stops you from breathing or swallowing
  • Any kind of cut that won’t stop bleeding even after you apply pressure to it with a piece of cause

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.

Is a Toothache Always an Emergency?

Tooth pain isn’t normal, but it’s not always serious. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of food or other debris becoming stuck between your teeth; you can resolve the situation simply by flossing around the tooth in question. In other cases, you can stop the pain with remedies available in your own home. However, if the pain lasts longer than two days or reaches a point of being unbearable, it should be considered a sign that urgent care is needed. In some cases, calling the dentists sooner rather than later could mean the difference between saving the tooth and having it extracted.

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.