Emergency Dentistry – Frisco, TX
Fast Dental Care for Those in Need
A dental emergency can happen to anyone—even if you take good care of your teeth. A hard impact to the mouth or a severe toothache can ruin your day, but with Archway Dental’s help, it doesn’t have to ruin your smile. When or if an emergency strikes, you can depend on us to see you as soon as possible with emergency dentistry in Frisco, TX, bringing you much-needed relief and solutions that will restore your oral health.
Why Choose Archway Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- In Network with Many PPO Plans
- Same-Day Appointments Available
- Compassionate Dental Team
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
If you have broken bones or oral bleeding that lasts longer than 10 minutes, your first move should be going to the emergency room. Otherwise, give our Frisco dental office a call. In fact, we recommend saving our number in your phone so that you can be prepared. When you call, we’ll be able to provide more specific advice and get you on our schedule, likely on the same day! Until you come in, there are things you can do to improve your situation.
Toothaches are often caused by decay that has reached the pulp or center of the tooth. Just to make sure that debris isn’t stuck between your teeth, floss around the hurting tooth. If the pain continues, take ibuprofen and use a cold compress to ease your discomfort. Keep in mind that we may have to perform root canal therapy to save the tooth.
Find the pieces of the tooth and bring them with you to our dental office. If there are sharp edges, apply dental wax to prevent cuts to your soft tissues. Depending on the severity of the damage, we may have to extract the tooth, but know that we will explore every option to salvage it first.
If your tooth has come out completely, don’t panic. Pick it up at the crown—not the root—and gently rinse it off. Try to put it back into the socket and gently bite down to keep it in place. If that’s not an option, store the tooth in milk, saliva, or saltwater until you come in. Do try to make it to our dental office within an hour for the best chance of saving the natural tooth.
Lost Filling / Crown
If possible, locate the restoration and rinse it with warm water. Using a dab of toothpaste or sugar-free gum, attach it back onto the tooth. Avoid biting and chewing with that area of your mouth. Remember that this is just a temporary fix, and you’ll need to come in as soon as possible to have your restoration replaced.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Some dental emergencies can happen no matter how careful you are, but in general, you can avoid these unpleasant experiences by doing the following:
- Brushing and flossing daily.
- Visiting Dr. Parmar for checkups and cleanings twice per year.
- Wearing a sports mouthguard.
- Wearing a nightguard if you grind your teeth.
- Avoiding chewing on hard objects like pens, ice, popcorn kernels, etc.
- Using scissors instead of your teeth to open packages.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
When a medical emergency happens, such as the common flu, sometimes it can resolve itself as time goes by without professional intervention. In contrast, dental emergencies never get better on their own. The longer you wait to seek help, the more advanced the condition will become, and, therefore, the more expensive the treatment will be. When you come in, we’ll speak to you clearly and honestly about your situation, your treatment options, and what you’ll owe. We’ll work with you and your insurance to make treatment affordable in your budget.
Dental Emergency FAQs
If you’re like most people, odds are you aren’t too sure what to do during a dental emergency. When this kind of situation strikes, confusion can ensue, causing even more panic. In order to help you prevent that from happening, we’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry below. If you have an emergency question that isn’t answered at some point on this page, just call us and ask!
How Can I Prepare for a Dental Emergency?
While you might not think it could happen to you, the truth is that 1 out of every 6 Americans will experience a dental emergency at least once a year. Should you find yourself in this situation, you don’t want to be caught off guard. That’s why it helps to make a kit with all the items you could need during this time, including:
- A piece of paper with the contact information of your emergency dentist
- Saline solution
- Small container with a secure lid
- Small bottle of acetaminophen
Should I Go to the Emergency Room?
When you have a dental health problem that needs immediate medical attention, you might think that you should head to the emergency room of your local hospital, but the truth is you should only go there as a last resort, such as if you have a knocked-out tooth and our office is closed. This is because the majority of hospitals don’t have a dentist on staff. As such, they typically don’t have the required skills, training, and equipment to handle oral health issues. Oftentimes the best they can do is prescribe painkillers or antibiotics until you can actually reach your dentist. You might as well cut out the middleman and see us in the first place.
Do I Still Need to Go to the Dentist If My Toothache Suddenly Went Away?
Many people believe that just because their tooth pain fades away, that their tooth has miraculously healed. However, it’s best to keep in mind that healthy teeth generally don’t hurt. Even a minor toothache usually indicates that something is wrong with the tooth, whether it be a cavity, fracture, or infection. In particular, if you have a severe toothache that goes away, that could be a sign that the nerve within the tooth has “died,” which means you need immediate treatment to save the tooth from needing to be extracted.
Can I Wait to See the Dentist If I Can’t Afford It?
While no one wants to be saddled with a large dental bill, you might have to deal with extra costs if you wait too long for treatment. Generally, dental problems worsen the longer you put off treatment, so you’re much better off coming in for an appointment as soon as possible. In the case of a knocked-out tooth, not seeking treatment right away could ultimately cost you your tooth.
We understand that you might be worried about the costs of your emergency treatment. That’s why we accept most of the major insurance plans. Additionally, we offer an Archway Dental Family Plan to help you finance the care you and your family need. Lastly, we partner with CareCredit to let you heal your smile at little to no interest.