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Emergency Dentist – Gainesville, FL

We’re Here When You Need Us Most

A chipped tooth. When you call our office with a dental emergency, the first thing our team will ask you is, “How quickly can you get here?” We won’t ever leave you waiting while you’re in pain. Whether you've suffered a broken tooth, damaged dental work, or have a severe toothache, you can always rely on our practice to get the immediate, professional care that you need.

Indications of a Dental Emergency

A man in the dental chair for an emergency.

Sometimes, it’s hard to know whether you’re experiencing a true emergency situation or not. We always encourage patients to call our practice first as we can assess your situation over the phone and determine if you need immediate attention.

Understanding how to deal with certain dental emergencies until you can get to our office can also make the situation less stressful. Here are some common dental emergencies and how you can handle them.

Caring for Dental Emergencies at Home

Emergency sign.

There are a few steps you can take at home to reduce your discomfort during a dental emergency.

We are always happy to answer your questions and offer tips or suggestions for handling dental emergencies, and if you or a loved one ever experience a dental emergency, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll always be ready to help!

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

Image showing a painful tooth needing an emergency dentist in Gainesville.

Although you might never expect one to happen to you, do you know what to do if a dental emergency occurs? If you’re like most people, probably not. You’re certain to have several concerns, which your emergency dentist in Gainesville will address during your appointment. To help ease any uncertainties until then, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us.

Should I go to the hospital?

If you need urgent dental services, your first instinct might be to head to the emergency room. Unfortunately, this is rarely the right decision. Although a hospital can provide antibiotics and pain relievers, they can’t treat the underlying issue. It’s always best to see a dentist when needing immediate attention; however, if you have a medical emergency, go to the hospital first. We’ll be here for you after you get the care you need.

Should I have my tooth extracted?

If a tooth is causing you grief, extracting it will solve the problem; however, you’ll be facing an entirely new list of complications. Every tooth is essential for a healthy, functional smile. If you lose even a single tooth, it will have devastating consequences for your oral health, like an increased risk of gum disease, cavities, and additional missing. You can avoid the risks by preserving your natural smile. If there’s ever a time we can’t save your tooth, we’ll recommend a prosthetic to fill the space, like a dental implant.

Can I wait to see an emergency dentist?

No one has time for an unplanned trip to the dentist, but you don’t want to wait to get the treatment you need, or you might lose your tooth. As with any emergency, time is of the highest importance. It’s best to contact our office right away. We know your time is valuable, which is why we will get you into our office as soon as possible. We use the latest techniques and technologies to streamline your care, so you spend less time in the dental chair to get back to more important matters.

Can I use my dental insurance?

Every policy differs, but most dental insurance plans offer coverage for emergency services, like the initial consultation. Depending on your treatment, you may be able to use your benefits to help offset the cost of the procedure. After reaching your deductible, you can use your annual allowance to pay as much as 50% to 80% of the expense until hitting your limit, which is usually around $1,500 to $2,000.

We know dental insurance is confusing, which is why we are here to help. A member of our team will file the necessary claim forms to maximize your benefits, so you have one less thing to worry about. We will explain how your coverage is being used and if you owe a remaining balance. If there’s any out-of-pocket expense, we will help you find the solutions you need to save your smile without draining your wallet.

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