What Happens at an Emergency Dental Appointment?

June 21, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — crsmile @ 1:28 pm
A dentist reviewing X-rays with a patient

When it comes to a regularly scheduled dental examination, you likely already know what will happen. Your dental team will take X-rays, examine your teeth and jaw joints, check the health of your gums, and screen you for early signs of more serious issues like oral cancer. But when it comes to an emergency appointment, you may not be sure what to expect. But don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back from getting the care you need. Here’s a general guide to what could take place.

Why Do I Need an Emergency Appointment?

Emergency dental appointments can happen for myriad reasons. Whether you have chipped or broken or lost a tooth, are experiencing pain or sensitivity, or have noticed any alarming changes to your mouth, waiting for your semi-annual exam could make things a lot worse.

What Happens at an Emergency Appointment?

When you call your dentist’s office to schedule an emergency visit, they will do their best to fit you in as soon as possible. Once you arrive at your appointment, you will likely be x-rayed, and your dental team will inspect your teeth and gums. From there, they will assess any damage and recommend an appropriate course of action. You may require a root canal, an extraction, a filling, or a round of antibiotics. While all efforts will be made to correct the problem that day, there is a chance that you will need to schedule a follow-up to complete repairs or check on your progress.

There is also a chance that you may need anesthesia or a sedative, so, if possible, arrange transportation to and from the clinic prior to your visit.

Will My Insurance Cover My Appointment?

While it is difficult to know in advance exactly how much of your treatment your insurance plan will cover, most insurance plans follow this format:

  • Preventive exams such as semi-annual exams are typically covered at 100 percent.
  • Basic procedures like fillings are frequently covered at 80 percent.
  • Major procedures including crowns, root canals, and dentures are generally covered at 50 percent.

Furthermore, healthcare credit lines can also help pay any balance you cannot afford to pay immediately, so speak to your dental team about financing any portion of your services.

Remember, your dentist wants to protect your smile and ensure that you are healthy and pain free. If you find yourself in an unexpected situation that requires immediate dental care, don’t let anxiety or financial concerns stop you from getting the attention you need.

About Our Practice

At Coombs Ross & Sourlis, our team of dentists and dental professionals are here for you whether you need a routine exam or an emergency appointment. Our state-of-the-art facility and caring demeanor make us the perfect place for all your dental care needs.

To schedule an emergency appointment, please visit our website or call us at 803-675-7179

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