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What is a dental emergency?

It’s not always clear what dental issues require urgent dental care and what can wait until your next appointment, which is why we always recommend giving our office a call so our experienced emergency dentists can advise. However, there are a few situations that almost always require emergency care, which include the following:

  • Unbearable Toothache
  • Severe Bleeding or Swelling
  • Cracked or Broken Tooth
  • Dislodged Tooth
  • Dental Abscess
  • Lost Dental Restoration
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What is not a dental emergency?

If you experience dental trauma and discover that a tooth has been chipped and you are feeling little to no pain, you will likely not need to see an emergency dentist right away. Other services like root canal therapy and dental extractions are not typically emergencies, unless the tooth or teeth are causing a great amount of pain, and must be dealt with right away. Likewise, if you experience a little pain or bleeding after a wisdom tooth removal, that is normal, but if the pain escalates significantly, that could be a sign that a dry socket has developed, which is a dental emergency.

Is emergency dental care covered by insurance?

Some insurance plans offer full or partial coverage for dental emergencies, so we always recommend checking with your provider before an emergency occurs to see what they will cover. We are an insurance-friendly dental practice and accept many popular plans. We also accept cash, checks, debit and credit, FSAs and HSAs, and the Healthy Indiana Plan. If you need to split up the upfront costs of your emergency dental care, we recommend checking into the monthly payment plans offered by CareCredit® and Lending Club. If you have any financial questions or concerns, please contact our office or visit our financial page.

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