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Emergency Dentist – State College, PA

Fast, Reliable Care When You Need Us Most

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Dental emergencies tend to happen at the very worst times. You’re playing a game with your friends, and suddenly something flies and hits you in the face, causing damage to your teeth. Or, you wake up one day and that minor toothache has now turned into searing pain. In either situation, you want relief fast, so call us at Donald Marks Family Dentistry right away. With decades of experience, advanced technology, and not one but two emergency dentists in State College, we’ll always be there to offer advice, first-aid tips, and even same-day urgent care if needed. When you or a loved one is in pain, you can count on high-quality care when you need it most!

How To Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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There are two main categories of dental emergencies: injuries and accidents, or ongoing dental problems that suddenly get worse. Fortunately, we have plenty of experience handling both. After you’ve called us to schedule the first available appointment, here are some ways to handle common emergencies until we can see you.   

Toothache or Swelling

This is often the result of an infection, so it’s important to get care as soon as you can. If you can’t see us within a few hours, go to the hospital or urgent care center. If necessary, they can prescribe antibiotics until you can make it to our office. For pain, you can swish with lukewarm saltwater, apply a cold pack to your cheek, and take over-the-counter pain medication as directed.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

Small chips and breaks usually aren’t painful, but if you have any discomfort from a larger break, hold a cold compress over the area and take over-the-counter pain medication. You can also use dental wax from the drugstore to cover sharp edges.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Time is of the essence, so try to be seen within an hour. If you can’t see us within that time, go to the ER or an urgent care center. Also, be sure to handle your tooth only by the crown, not the root. Rinse it off and try to put it back in its socket, facing the right way. If you can’t do that, keep the tooth moist by putting it in a cup of cold milk or water, or your cheek pouch.

Lost Filling or Dental Crown

For a lost filling, chew on the opposite side and use dental wax from the store to cover any sharp edges until your visit. For a lost crown, dry the crown with a Q-tip and put a small amount of either toothpaste, dental cement or denture adhesive in it before putting it back on your tooth. It may be tempting to use another type of glue, but don’t because it will make it harder for us to properly re-cement the crown when you arrive.

How To Prevent Dental Emergencies

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It’s impossible to prevent every emergency, but here are some tips for minimizing your risk:

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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The cost for emergency treatment can be very different from person to person. Sometimes nothing more than a simple dental filling is needed, while other situations require more involved treatment like a root canal or crown.

After we’ve gotten you out of pain and assessed your needs, we’ll explain our recommendations and create a treatment plan. At that point, we can also give you a cost estimate. If possible, we’ll give you multiple treatment options so that you can make the right choice for your circumstances. Finally, we’ll discuss either insurance or financing with CareCredit as necessary.

Hopefully you never need emergency dental care, but if you’re in State College, you can be sure that we’ve got you covered. If you’re in pain, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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No one ever expects a dental emergency to happen to them, but it’s more common than you might expect. In fact, research shows 1 in 6 Americans faces an oral health emergency each year. If it happens to you or a loved one, do you know what to do? If you’re like most people, you probably have several questions. Your emergency dentist in State College is here for you during the tough times with same-day appointments and the answers you need.

Can I wait to see my dentist?

No one has time for an unexpected dental problem. It’s tempting to wait to see your dentist until you have more flexibility in your schedule, but that could cost you your tooth. Even if your pain subsides or the issue doesn’t seem too concerning, it’s always best to see your dentist as soon as possible. If you wait too long, the underlying problem can progress in severity, which might lead to the eventual loss of your tooth. We understand your time is valuable. We’ll get you into the office quickly and create the personalized treatment plan you need to restore your smile, so you can get back to your day.

Should I have my tooth extracted?

Removing a problematic tooth may seem like the simple answer, but it will cause more issues down the road. Every tooth is essential to your oral health and functions. When even one is missing, it significantly increases your risk of several new dental problems, like cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss. You’ll need to invest in a prosthetic tooth to rebuild a healthy, functional smile, which can be costly long-term. It’s always best to save your tooth whenever possible.

Should I go to the hospital instead of my dentist?

Most hospitals aren’t equipped to handle dental emergencies. They cannot treat the root cause of the problem; therefore, it’s always best to see your dentist in most instances. If you have another injury, suspect your jaw is broken, or have a medical issue, go to your local emergency room first. We will be here for you after you’ve been treated.

How much will an emergency visit cost?

There isn’t a set cost for emergency dentistry because the amount is determined by your specific treatment plan. We provide you with a custom estimate during your consultation and discuss the costs associated with it. We will take the time to discuss your payment options, like using CareCredit, so you can get the treatment you need without breaking the bank.

Will my dental insurance cover an emergency visit?

Every dental insurance policy is different, but most companies cover at least 1 emergency visit per year. You can use your insurance benefits to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket for any treatments. We will work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to file the necessary claims and paperwork to keep our services affordable, so you have one less thing to worry about.

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