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Emergency Dentist – South Burlington, VT

Urgent Dental Care Right When You Need It

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Dental emergencies always happen at the most unexpected moments and can easily ruin your day. At Green Mountain Dental, our team works quickly and effectively to not only ease your pain, but also restore your smile so it’s as good as new. We’ll provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance and schedule your appointment for the very same day, so you won’t have to sit in discomfort for longer than necessary. Dr. Brown, Dr. Aten, and our entire team have handled countless emergencies over the years, so no matter what your situation might be, you can trust that we’ll be able to take care of you.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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The first step you should always take if you experience a dental emergency is to contact our office. Otherwise, here are some general guidelines to help you handle the most common emergency situations.

 

 

 

 

Toothaches

First, try gently flossing around your affected tooth to see if a piece of lodged debris is causing your pain. If your toothache persists, it’s likely a result of an infection. In this case, you can take over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen until you reach our office.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

If the way that your tooth broke off has caused a sharp or jagged edge, you can place a piece of sugar-free gum or orthodontic wax over the area to keep it from irritating or wounding your oral tissues. If you’re able to retrieve the chipped-off portion of your tooth and bring it to your appointment, be sure to do this as well.

Knocked-Out Tooth

In this situation, time is of the essence. Be sure to get to our office within an hour of the incident so we’ll have a higher chance of successfully replanting your tooth. Be sure to retrieve your tooth, being sure to only handle it by the crown, and gently rinse it under a cool stream of water. Place it in a sealable container full of milk or saltwater and bring it to your appointment.

Lost Filling/Crown

While broken or lost restorations don’t require immediate attention, it’s still important to address this situation in a timely manner. You can temporarily reattach your crown or filling after rinsing it off by using a small dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive. In order to prevent an infection, you’ll need to visit our office so we can repair or replace your restoration.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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While dental emergencies aren’t 100 percent preventable, there are some steps you could take to avoid an unexpected visit to your emergency dentist in South Burlington. Here are some precautionary measures to prevent dental problems from arising:

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Because every dental emergency situation differs, it’s impossible to place a singular cost on your appointment. Based on the examination that we’ll conduct when you get to our office, we’ll discuss possible treatment plans with you. We are an in-network provider for several major insurance companies and also offer in-office membership plans as well as additional financing through CareCredit.

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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Do you have questions about what to do in the midst of a dental emergency? The first step you should take is to contact our emergency dentist South Burlington. We’ll provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance and ways to eliminate your discomfort until you reach our office. We’ll also schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible so you can get fast and effective care and won’t have to sit in discomfort. Below, we’ve answered some common questions that we receive from our patients below.

How can I make a dental emergency kit?

In order to be better prepared in case of a dental emergency and prevent further damage from occurring, you can create a dental emergency kit that’s readily available whenever an urgent situation pops up. Here are some items to be sure to include in your kit:

You can always ask us at your next appointment, and we’ll provide you with some additional items to include!

When should I go to the emergency room?

Some situations may require emergency medical attention before you’re able to see a dental specialist. You should immediately visit your local ER if you experience a fractured or broken jaw, have difficulty breathing or swallowing, or have a deep facial laceration due to trauma that may require stitches. Once you get the medical treatment you need, be sure to contact our office so we can schedule an appointment to take care of your dental needs afterward.

Should I still see my emergency dentist if my toothache goes away?

If you have a toothache that suddenly disappear, it could be a sign that it has killed the root of your tooth and you require immediate emergency dental care. This can happen if you wait too long to address an infection, allowing it to cause permanent damage and even spread to other surrounding teeth. If your root is no longer viable, you may need to have it removed in order to prevent any additional issues from developing.

Does dental insurance cover the cost of emergency visits?

The best way to learn whether your dental insurance will cover the cost of your emergency appointment is to contact your provider directly. Typically, they will cover a portion of the cost of restorative treatments, but in case your benefits won’t cover this, we also offer in-office membership plans and additional financing through CareCredit.

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