Emergency Dentistry – Louisville, KY
Stop Dental Pain Quickly
Are you or a loved one experiencing a dental emergency? Don’t wait – contact Remmers Dental as soon as possible for the assistance and relief you need most during this difficult time. We do everything we can to see you on the same day as your initial call, and if you’re unable to reach us right away, our team provides instructions on how to manage your condition properly. We see a variety of emergency cases in Louisville including broken teeth, dislodged teeth, toothaches, soft tissue injuries, and more.
Why Choose Remmers Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Emergency Care
- Highly Trained, Caring Team
- State of the Art Technology
How We Treat Dental Emergencies
We’ll adjust our approach to treating dental emergencies according to your needs, but you can expect your treatment to follow these steps:
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments: Time is of the essence, so when you call with an urgent dental problem, we will make a same-day appointment whenever we can. When you call, let us know what symptoms you’re experiencing; we’ll give you advice for dealing with them.
- Emergency Examination: After you arrive at our office, we’ll examine your teeth thoroughly to determine exactly what the problem is. We’ll also take steps to relieve any immediate, severe pain.
- Review Findings: We’ll discuss our findings with you after our examination is complete and create a custom treatment plan. We’ll let you know exactly what need to be done as well as the price and timeline for the treatment.
- Get the Care You Need: Our team will perform whatever kind of treatment you need to restore your oral health as quickly as possible, with the exact treatment varying based on the situation.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies come in many forms and have various symptoms (although they usually involve oral pain or damage to the teeth or gums). Below are just a few common examples of dental emergencies that you might experience; call us if you experience any of these symptoms so that you can be treated sooner rather than later.
Understanding the Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
We’ll explain the costs associated with emergency care after an examination. We can only give you an estimate after we’ve evaluated the situation and devised a possible treatment plan. We’ll never pressure you into selecting a treatment that you can’t afford; you’ll know the price before the process begins, and we can help you take steps to make it more affordable. Until then, here are some factors to take into consideration.
Every Dental Emergency Is Different
When determining the cost of your dental emergency, we must determine what type of injury has occurred and the best way to approach it. Generally, if you only require antibiotics or another prescribed medication, the cost of your treatment will be lower. However, if you are needing a more complex treatment, like a dental crown or root canal, you will be looking at a higher cost. Until you see us, there is no way of knowing how much you will pay to restore your smile to health.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
Most of the time, dental insurance providers agree to cover emergency dental services. How much they cover is based on the type of restorative treatment you need. Some companies will pay at least 50% of the total cost, but you need to contact your insurer to find out the specific details of your plan. At Remmers Dental, we are in-network with many major PPO dental insurance plans, but we are also happy to accept out-of-network plans. Let us know if you have any questions.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
If you don’t have dental insurance, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are out of luck. We work with CareCredit – a third-party financing company that can split the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly installments with little to no interest. Talk to one of our friendly team members to learn more about your options.
Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money
Not all dental emergencies are preventable, but when you implement an excellent oral hygiene routine and eliminate bad habits, like crunching on ice and smoking, you can reduce your probability of experiencing one. You should also keep an eye out for changes in your mouth. Even something minor, like a toothache, can become a much larger issue without treatment. It is possible that smaller dental emergencies can be resolved with less costly solutions if treated right away. Ultimately, by receiving regular preventive care and addressing changes in your mouth immediately, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Preventing a dental emergency is always easier than treating one. Not all emergencies can be avoided, of course, but taking preventive steps and implementing healthy habits can ultimately save you time and money. Here are some tips that can help you set your smile up for success.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Even if you don’t think there is anything wrong with your smile, this doesn’t mean that you should be skipping out on your dental visits. Tooth decay and oral infections can easily develop, and you might not even notice them right away. It is typically recommended that you see your dentist every six months for regular cleanings and checkups. This way, your hygienist can clear away plaque and tartar, and your dentist can keep an eye out for issues so they can be treated early on.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits at Home
You should be brushing twice and flossing every day. These are both effective ways to remove food debris and plaque that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease over time. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride.
Be Careful with Your Diet
Your diet plays a key role when it comes to your oral health. If you are constantly indulging in sugary and starchy foods, you are increasing your risk of tooth decay. Try to only consume these items in moderation. Instead, fill your dinner plate with fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins.
Wear a Mouthguard
Playing sports is an excellent way to get the exercise that your body needs. However, you don’t want to end up with a broken, or knocked-out tooth in the process. Wearing a mouthguard will significantly reduce your chances of experiencing a dental injury. Nightguards are also available to limit the harmful effects of teeth grinding while you sleep.
Use Tools, Not Teeth to Open Packaging
It may seem convenient to use your teeth to open stubborn packaging, but you could easily end up with a cracked or broken tooth. Instead, take the time to get some scissors or whatever other tool you need to complete your task effectively.
Root Canal Therapy
Many patients feel a chill rush over them when the words “root canal” are uttered, but the truth is, advances in dental technology and anesthesia have rendered this treatment as comfortable as having a common filling placed. Better yet, it could be the perfect solution for rescuing your badly decayed tooth from the threat of extraction. The procedure involves one of our doctors in Louisville carefully accessing the inner chamber of the tooth, removing bacteria, and replacing the diseased pulp with a safe, biocompatible substance. Once we’ve sealed the tooth, a beautiful, custom-made crown from our CEREC machine seamlessly restores lost structure.
While our number one goal is to help all our patients preserve their natural teeth for as long as possible, sometimes, the best solution may be to simply remove a problem tooth. This might be the case if:
- A tooth has extensive decay that can’t be repaired
- A tooth is so damaged it cannot be put back together
- Advanced periodontal disease is present
- A tooth has become impacted (stuck), painful, or infected