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Emergency Dentistry—Jonesboro, AR

Fast & Professional Care Right When You Need It

No one ever  plans  to experience a dental emergency, but roughly 1 in 6 Americans will have one this year alone! The last thing you want to do when dealing with a knocked-out tooth or terrible toothache is waste time looking for an emergency dentist in Jonesboro who can see you right away, which is why we’re here to make things easy. Should you encounter an unexpected dental problem, just  give us a call , and our dental office will schedule you a same-day appointment for emergency dentistry.

Why Choose Shane Smith DDS for Emergency Dentistry?

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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  1. Call Us: The first step you should always take if you find yourself experiencing oral pain or an emergency situation is to contact our team. We’ll provide you with first aid guidance and schedule an appointment for as soon as possible to get you out of discomfort.
  2. Come In: As soon as you arrive, our team will capture any necessary diagnostic information, like X-rays, get your dental history, and examine your mouth. Based on our findings, we’ll then diagnose the issue that’s causing your discomfort or symptoms.
  3. Plan Your Treatment: Once we diagnose the problem at-hand, we’ll put together a customized treatment plan to restore the health of your grin and repair any dental damage that has occurred.
  4. Treat the Issue At-Hand: As soon as you consent to moving forward with the treatment plan, we’ll quickly and effectively execute the procedure to improve your comfort.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

It can be tough to think clearly when faced with a dental emergency, so here’s our general recommendation for all of our patients:  always call our dental office . Even if you’re unsure whether or not your situation is urgent, it’s better to be safe than sorry. On the phone, we’ll walk you through what to do and will let you know if you need to come see us right away. In the meantime, here are a few tips on how to handle some of the most common issues we encounter:

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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Patients often think treating a dental emergency is painful for two reasons: pain from the injury, and pain from the bill. With us, you won’t need to worry about coming to see our emergency dentist in Jonesboro and then getting a huge bill afterward. During your visit, we will go over your treatment options and pricing information clearly. In the meantime, you can learn more about the factors that will influence the cost below.

Don’t Forget: Every Dental Emergency is Different

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Dental injuries can stem from minor tooth sensitivity to a completely knocked-out tooth. So, you can see why there isn’t a flat fee associated with dental emergencies. The final price of your treatment will be based on the type and degree of your injury, as well as which procedures are needed to address it. As always, our team will go the extra mile to review your treatment options and all of the associated fees, so you can make the right call for you.

Does Dental Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Emergencies?

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While dental plans can vary, they typically include some form of coverage, from annual emergency exams to 50%-80% coverage for restorative treatments. So, if you’re insured, don’t hesitate to ask about utilizing any available benefits! Our knowledgeable team will make the entire process as seamless as possible. Once we’ve handled the paperwork, we will explain your benefits and the remaining out-of-pocket costs (if necessary) to ensure understanding the cost is easy.

Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable

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If you’re uninsured, don’t assume that the cost of emergency dentistry in Jonesboro is too expensive. We’re proud to work with CareCredit, a third-party financier. As a result, you can pick a payment plan that works best with your budget. The best part? There is little-to-no interest attached for qualified patients! Applying is easy, too. If this sounds like an option worth exploring, get in touch with our team!

How Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money

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When discussing the cost of treating dental emergencies, it’s worth mentioning the importance of preventive care. In short, implementing good oral hygiene practices will significantly reduce your chances of having to suddenly visit our emergency dentist in Jonesboro. With this in mind, make sure to brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day and floss daily. You should also avoid unhealthy practices, like smoking, chewing on ice, and using your teeth as tools to open things. And, of course, prioritize your six-month dental checkups and cleanings. These visits will catch concerns, like tooth decay, before they turn into painful dental emergencies.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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While there’s no way to completely avoid experiencing a dental emergency, there are several precautionary measures you can take to reduce the chances of ending up in our treatment chair, including:

Root Canal Therapy

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If bacteria is able to reach the inner chamber of a tooth, it can infect the dental pulp, which contains multiple blood vessels as well as a sensitive nerve. As you can imagine, this can cause quite the toothache! Thankfully, Dr. Smith can stop the pain and save the tooth with root canal therapy. This involves numbing a patient and then removing the damaged tissue before filling the tooth and topping it with a crown, making it as good as new.

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Tooth Extractions

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We will only recommend a tooth extraction after we have exhausted all other restorative options. A tooth typically needs to be removed if most of the enamel has been worn away by decay or trauma has broken the structure to the point that it cannot be trusted to support a restoration. Before your extraction, we’ll help you put together a plan to replace the tooth so you can regain your complete smile as soon as possible. 

Learn About Tooth Extractions

Dental Emergency FAQs

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Our goal is to be helpful and informative, which is why we want to provide as much information as possible about dental emergencies right here. Below, you will find the answers to FAQs about handling dental injuries and, as always, you can reach out to us if you’d like more information!

How should I sleep with tooth pain?

It’s important that we first mention that trying to “sleep off” tooth pain isn’t recommended. However, if you have an appointment on the calendar, but it isn’t for another day or two, then there are a few things you can do to help you sleep soundly. First, we recommend sticking to soft, nutrient-dense foods at dinner, like cooked vegetables or mashed potatoes. About 30 minutes before bed, take an OTC pain reliever and use a cold compress to ice the area for about 10 minutes at a time. When you get into bed, prop yourself up on a few pillows. This will help prevent blood from rushing to your head as you sleep.

Will my toothache go away on its own?

No, your toothache will not go away on its own. With that said, many patients think that their tooth has healed if their discomfort subsides. In reality, this is actually bad news; it means the infection has “killed” the nerve. Although every patient’s dental needs are unique, we always recommend reaching out to our Jonesboro dental team when abnormal symptoms arise. This ensures that we can conduct an exam, pinpoint the cause, and intervene with the necessary restorative care early on.

Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?

Visiting the ER for dental injuries isn’t typically recommended since they rarely have dentists on staff. That’s why patients are only encouraged to go to the hospital if they are having trouble breathing, are bleeding uncontrollably, or are experiencing other potentially life-threatening symptoms.

Do I need to visit for minor chips to teeth?

Although minor chips may not impact the look of your smile, they can impact its health and function. For that reason, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our Jonesboro emergency dentist within a day or two. We want to make sure that your tooth is treated before it results in dental sensitivity, becomes infected, or chips further.

Can superglue be used to repair broken dentures?

Since superglue contains toxins that are not safe to ingest, you cannot use it (or any other household adhesives) to “repair” your broken dentures. Instead, you should call the dental professional who made your restoration ASAP so they can work on repairing it or creating a new one.

What should I keep in my emergency dentistry kit?

We recommend keeping the following in your first aid kit or a dedicated emergency dentistry kit:

  • A small, clean container for restorations or knocked-out teeth
  • Sterile gloves
  • Gauze pads, dressings, and cotton balls
  • Dental cement
  • Anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen
  • A topical anesthetic, like Orajel
  • Floss
  • Our contact information
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