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Emergency Dentistry – Beverly Hills, CA

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There are few things less convenient than biting into a piece of food and seeing your tooth come out with it. Furthermore, if you love to play contact sports, you’re probably all too familiar with injuries that damage teeth along the way. Dental emergencies often occur as a result of untreated tooth decay or physical trauma, but both are treatable by our dentists. Call our dental office right away for emergency dentistry in Beverly Hills, CA!

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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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When a dental emergency occurs, you won’t be able to take care of it entirely on your own. That’s where calling our dental office comes in. The moment you notice something is wrong (i.e. tooth pain, severe sensitivity, etc.) or you experience physical trauma, call our dental office. We’ll be able to provide you with helpful advice before you arrive. Until you do, here’s how you can improve your situation for the time being.

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Toothaches

Use dental floss to loosen potential food debris from between your teeth. If discomfort does not go away, take ibuprofen until you get to our dental office. We advise against taking aspirin as this can cause a burning sensation if it comes into contact with oral tissue. Depending on the emergency, we may remove decay and place a filling/crown or perform root canal therapy if an infection is present.

Learn About Root Canals

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Chipped/Broken Tooth

Collect any pieces of your tooth that you can find and bring them to the dental office with you. Try to avoid chewing hard food on that side of your mouth for as long as you can to prevent accidentally fracturing the tooth further. Remember that even if you don’t have any pain, the unprotected part of your tooth will likely be exposed to bacteria which can cause pain later, or need for root canal treatment. So, do your best to make an appointment as soon as you can.

Learn About Tooth Extractions

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Swelling

If swelling is present, it likely means you have an infection. You should always call our dental office if this occurs and we will get you on that same day. If you cannot make it in for an in-person appointment, we may be able to offer you a tele-dental appointment to help us assess the severity of the problem. THIS IS IMPORTANT: If you have any swelling near your jawline it could become life-threatening in a short time. If there is any swelling in the neck area, go to the emergency room or urgent care center immediately.

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Knocked-Out Tooth

Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the part that looks like your tooth) portion only. Do not touch the root or any tissue that’s attached. Gently rinse any dirt or debris you find on the tooth and place it back into your open socket to keep it preserved. If not possible, place the tooth in a container of milk or at least water and get to our dental office within the hour.

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Lost Filling/Crown

If you have a lost restoration, you can temporarily reattach it using an over-the-counter dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum as a last resort. Avoid chewing food until you get the restoration replace by our dental office. If you do not experience any discomfort or sensitivity, you can wait until normal business hours to see us.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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While dental emergencies can be difficult to predict, they are much easier to avoid when you know the right steps to perform. These steps include:

  • Brushing at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste
  • Flossing at least once a day
  • Maintaining routine visits at our dental office (at least once every six months) so we can identify potential problems and treat preventable emergencies
  • Never using your teeth as a tool to open packages or bottles
  • Avoiding extremely hard foods (hard candy, ice cubes, popcorn, etc.)
  • Wearing a mouthguard or nightguard if needed

Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry

Cost of emergency dentistry in Beverly Hills

The cost of emergency dentistry in Beverly Hills can vary largely because there are many ways a dental emergency can occur. For example, while tooth pain could be a sign of decay that needs to be removed, it could also be due to an oral infection. Not only is a dental restoration needed to restore a damaged tooth, but if an infection is present, detailed root canal therapy is needed as well. Regardless of how expensive your treatment becomes, we highly recommend you call us for care as we can get you out of discomfort and help you build a treatment plan that fits your budget.

Every Dental Emergency is Different

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No two dental emergencies are alike. Treatment for a chipped tooth is vastly different than one that has been knocked out. Our team at My Dental Office of Beverly Hills is here to thoroughly evaluate your smile and determine the underlying cause before creating a personalized treatment plan that consists of one or more necessary treatments.

Although it may be tempting to avoid the dentist because of the uncertainty of cost, it’s far better to seek professional care before the problem worsens and requires more extensive treatment. The important fact to remember is that the sooner you receive help, the cheaper your dental care will be.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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There is a possibility that your dental insurance plan offers one emergency exam per year. You’ll need to review your policy to know for sure, or you can have a member of our team look into it for you. The cost of the exam itself is quite minimal. It’s the restorative care you will need that makes up the majority of your expenses.

Most dental insurance companies offer coverage at 50-80% for minor and major restorative services. How much they agree to pay will ultimately depend on whether you’ve met your deductible and how much of your annual maximum remains available.

Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable

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Apart from dental insurance, our emergency dentist in Beverly Hills is also pleased to offer flexible financing to assist individuals who require more complex dental care. By enrolling in a low or no-interest payment plan, you can easily break up the cost of treatment in a way that allows for manageable payments each month. Instead of focusing on how you’ll pay for care, you can instead, focus more on the improvements that will come with your emergency treatment.

Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money

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It’s true that not all dental emergencies are preventable, but many can be avoided or minimized. As soon as you begin to feel pain, swelling, or anything abnormal inside your mouth, call our office. There’s no shame in reaching out to inquire about a particular symptom you’re experiencing. The longer you wait to seek help, the greater the risk of developing a serious issue that requires more extensive and costly treatment.

You’ll also find it beneficial to maintain better oral hygiene at home as well as continue to see your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings. This will help to lower the chances of developing nagging toothaches and other infections that can lead to dental emergencies.

TMJ/TMD Therapy

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In some cases, severe pain can stem from the joints of your jaw, rather than your teeth or gums. This discomfort can become unbearable for some, which is why we are happy to provide therapy for TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. In this case, our dentists will closely examine your current bite and ask you questions regarding the source of your chronic discomfort. From there, we can create an oral appliance that shifts pressure away from your joints and relieves oral and facial pain. We also provide muscle massage and movement therapy to stretch and strengthen TMJ-related muscles.