Emergency Dentist – Tyler, TX
Fast & Professional Care Right When You Need It
As with any emergency, dental emergencies are always unplanned. Whether you’re dealing with a knocked-out tooth or a severe toothache, however, one thing remains the same: you need to get help right away. For the people of Tyler, this is nice and simple, because all they have to do is call Dr. Dennis Stansbury. We’re ready to see emergency patients the same day that they call in so that no one is ever left waiting in pain. If you or a loved one ever need dental care right away, just give us a call and we’ll take care of the rest.
Why Choose Stansbury Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Over 4 Decades Of Proven Clinical Experience
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments Available
- Gentle, Compassionate Team That Puts Patient Comfort First
Why You Should Call Us
Dr. Stansbury, in addition to having over 40 years of experience practicing dentistry, is also a big proponent of using the latest dental technology. With the newest tools, he’s able to find, diagnose, and treat dental problems in less time than ever, which is especially useful during an emergency situation! Plus, he and our team know just how to calm emergency patients so they’re able to take the appropriate actions and get the care they need right away.
Convenient Urgent Care
Many patients with a dental emergency are tempted to head to their local emergency room. As a result, they’ll likely spend hours waiting to be seen. On the other hand, we’re willing to see emergency dental patients immediately because we understand time is of the essence when people are in dental pain. We alter our schedule to accommodate emergency patients so we’re able to provide relief when they need it the most.
How to Handle a Broken/Knocked-Out Tooth
These are two of the most common dental emergencies, and the first thing you should do is always call Dr. Stansbury so our team can prepare to see you. Before you’re able to reach our office, try to recover any lost pieces of the tooth that you can. Have the victim gently rinse their mouth out with warm water and rinse the tooth as well. If possible, place the tooth back into its original socket until you’re able to see us. If this isn’t possible, put it in a container of milk or saltwater. It needs to stay wet in order to keep it viable!
How to Handle a Severe Toothache
Some dental emergencies develop slowly over time even though they seem to occur all of a sudden. This is the case with a very painful toothache. After giving our office a call, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication to help deal with pain, but don’t place a pill directly on the gums, as this could damage them. You can also apply a cold compress to the face in 10 minute intervals to lessen any pain or swelling.
While a tooth extraction is never our first choice, sometimes it is the best thing we can do for a patient to protect their oral and overall health. We may recommend an emergency extraction if:
- A tooth is so decayed that it cannot be repaired
- A tooth infection is beginning to threaten the surrounding teeth
- Severe periodontal disease has damaged the bone supporting the tooth
- A tooth is broken so badly that it cannot be put back together
Frequently Asked Questions – Emergency Dentistry
If you or your loved one sustain a dental injury, contact our office so we can schedule a same-day appointment with our emergency dentist, Dr. Stansbury. That way, you can get the fast, effective treatment you need to restore your pain-free smile. However, if you would simply like more information so you can be prepared if a dental emergency does arise, then keep reading for the answers to a few frequently asked questions!
Does Insurance Cover Emergency Dental Visits?
Since each dental plan is unique, it is difficult to provide an all-encompassing answer. Sometimes, insurance providers will cover a portion of your treatment and require you to pay the rest out-of-pocket. For example, they may contribute 50% of the cost of a dental crown to restore a once painful tooth, but they may not cover a dental implant since it’s typically viewed as a cosmetic procedure. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to check with your provider ahead of time. That way, you can better understand your coverage and help make an anxiety-inducing situation much more stress-free.
How Do I Know If It’s a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies are non-life-threatening injuries to your teeth or gums that require immediate attention from a dental professional. A few common examples include a knocked-out, cracked, or otherwise damaged tooth. Since it’s always best to air on the side of caution, don’t hesitate to give our team a call if you are unsure. From there, we can ask you a few questions to better understand your injury and schedule a same-day appointment if needed.
What Happens If My Toothache Goes Away?
If your once painful toothache suddenly subsides, your first reaction may be to break out in a happy dance. But before you do so, it is important to remember that (despite your best efforts) a decayed tooth cannot heal itself on its own. In fact, a newly asymptomatic tooth may indicate that the infection has spread to the inner layers and attacked the nerves. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you contact our office right away if your tooth pain goes radio silent.
How Can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?
As with most dental concerns, prevention is paramount. And while accidents can happen at a moment’s notice, implementing the below best practices can help prevent you and your family from experiencing common dental emergencies:
- Wear a mouthguard if you or your little one participates in sports
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss daily
- Use mouthwash regularly
- Limit sugary foods and beverages
- Visit our office every six months for a checkup and cleaning
What Happens If My Child Has a Dental Emergency?
If your child sustains a dental injury, do your best not to panic. Instead, contact our office right away. Whether you need first aid instructions or help remembering how to handle a knocked-out tooth, we can guide you through the next best steps. Once you arrive at our office, Dr. Stansbury will ensure your little one gets the fast, effective relief they need while simultaneously treating the root of the issue.