Emergency Dentist – Plymouth, MA
Compassionate Dental Care When You Need It Most
A dental emergency can be a frightening, painful experience. Dr. Aveni and our team understand that, and we do not want you to suffer any longer than necessary. That is why we are always willing to see emergency patients as soon as possible, often on a same-day basis. Dr. Aveni will quickly evaluate the situation, recommend a course of action, and render services for emergency dentistry in Plymouth, MA to relieve your pain and get your oral health back on track. If you are experiencing dental pain, do not hesitate to contact us right away!
Why Choose Aveni Dental Professionals for Emergency Dental Care?
- 1Advanced Technology for Fast, Precise Diagnosis and Treatment
- 2Same-Day Care for Dental Emergency Patients
- 3Gentle, Compassionate Care in a Convenient Location
How We Treat Dental Emergencies
The first thing you should do in a dental emergency is call us, even if you are unsure whether your situation requires urgent treatment. Here is what you can expect to happen next:
- Schedule your emergency appointment: Describe your situation as well as you can over the phone. We may recommend that you come to see us right away, visit the local emergency room, or render self-care for a day or two before you visit us. If you need to be seen right away, we can often provide a same-day appointment.
- Evaluate and diagnose the issue: When you reach our office, one of your Plymouth emergency dentists will examine your mouth to determine the extent of the problem. In some cases, we may need to take X-rays.
- Review your treatment options. Next, your dentist will review their findings with you and explain their recommendations for treatment. We will also provide you with a candid price estimate so you will not face any surprises when the time comes to pay for your procedure. In some instances, more than one treatment are acceptable methods for addressing an urgent oral health problem. If that is true in your case, we will explain the price, pros, and cons, of each of your options.
- Receive fast, professional care: As soon as a treatment plan is put in place, our team will get to work. Thanks to our state-of-the-art technology and variety of dental treatments, you will be out of pain and back to enjoying your healthy smile in no time.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
There are many oral health issues and problems that constitute a dental emergency. Below, you will find some of the most common ones. If you or a loved one begins to develop any of these issues or other worrying symptoms, do not hesitate to give us a call.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies
Dr. Aveni and our team are always ready to help patients in their hour of need. However, we recognize that some individuals may hesitate to contact us during a dental emergency because they are concerned about cost. They might delay treatment, hoping that their pain will go away on its own. That is an unwise course of action. Delays in treatment often lead to increased expenses and greater oral pain. Do not let concerns about cost hold you back from receiving the treatment you need. Our team will help you explore financing and insurance options that may mitigate the cost of your emergency care.
Types of Dental Emergencies
Your emergency dentist in Plymouth, MA is able to address a wide range of dental emergencies. Because each situation is unique, prices vary. For example, if your tooth has a small chip out of it and you just need some dental bonding to repair it, you will likely pay less than if you require a major procedure.
What Happens If I Do Not Take Care of My Dental Emergency?
You should never let concerns about cost hold you back from seeking emergency dental treatment. Delaying care gives an oral health problem the opportunity to worsen. The worse the issue becomes, the more painful it will be — and it will also likely be much more expensive to treat. For example, if you have a toothache, it is possible that root canal therapy could save the tooth from extraction. If the decay or damage that is causing the pain progresses too far, however, it will be necessary to remove the tooth. Then, you will face the expense of both the extraction and tooth replacement later on.
Is My Emergency Covered By My Dental Insurance?
Every dental insurance policy is unique. Hence, we cannot say for certain whether your plan will cover your dental emergency. However, many policies do cover the treatments used to treat urgent oral health situations. Depending on the exact nature of your problem, your insurance might cover 50 – 80% of the cost of your procedure.
If you are one of our existing patients, please make sure that we always have your updated insurance information on file so we can quickly access it if you face a dental emergency. If you are a new patient, please have your insurance information handy when you call our office to book your emergency appointment.
If your dental insurance will not cover your emergency treatment, our team can help you to explore other payment options, including low-interest financing from CareCredit.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
In some cases, dental emergencies are inevitable. No matter what precautions an individual takes, they might find themselves in need of urgent professional oral health care. In most cases, however, dental emergencies are preventable. That is why we have put together the following information. Applying these tips in your everyday life will greatly reduce your chances of facing a sudden, frightening, and painful dental health crisis.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits at Home
A great dental care routine is the foundation of a healthy mouth. It can prevent small dental problems that would develop into big issues if left untreated. Some fundamental elements of a great dental care routine include:
- Twice-daily brushing
- Once-daily flossing
- Regularly rinsing with a mouthwash
Do Not Bite Down on Extremely Hard Objects
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, it is also rather brittle, which means that it is prone to breakage if it is exposed to too much force. Therefore, you should do your best to avoid biting down on anything hard, like ice cubes or jawbreaker candies. When you are eating bone-in meat, be careful that you do not accidentally bite down on the bone.
Of course, it is also important that you avoid biting down on hard, non-food items. For example, you should never chew on pencils or your fingernails. If you have such habits, you might be able to curb them by chewing on sugar-free gum instead.
Get a Mouthguard for Sports and Bedtime
If you play any type of sports, even non-contact sports, you should invest in a custom mouthguard. Not only will the mouthguard reduce the risk of injury to your teeth and soft tissues in your mouth, but it will also reduce your chances of suffering a concussion. Store-bought mouthguards are not nearly as effective at preventing injuries as ones that a dentist designs.
You might also consider purchasing a mouthguard to wear a night. Such a device, sometimes called a nightguard, is specifically designed to stop bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding). By placing a barrier between your teeth, a nightguard can save your enamel from premature wear and tear.
Use Tools, Not Teeth to Open Packaging
It can be tempting to use your teeth to tear the tags off your new outfit or to rip open stubborn packages. However, doing so exposes your teeth to far more force than they were intended to endure. You could easily end up chipping a tooth or even injuring your oral soft tissues. If you often use your teeth to open containers, you might find it handy to purchase a small multi-tool that you can keep in your pocket or purse.