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Emergency Dentist – Dallas, TX

Fast Relief for Dental Pain

Dental emergencies never seem to happen at a convenient moment. Maybe your child has badly chipped a tooth only a few days before school photos, or your spouse has woken up with searing mouth pain just as you’re about to leave for a much-deserved vacation. At Del Rey Dental, we want our patients to get the help they need when they need it most – that’s why our team makes time for urgent emergency dental care as soon as possible, including on the same day you call or on Saturdays, if necessary. Don’t hesitate to contact us right away if you need an emergency dentist in Dallas!

Why Choose Del Rey Dental for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Same-Day Emergency Appointments Available
  • Convenient Evening & Weekend Office Hours
  • Fast-Acting Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Unparalleled Experience & Qualifications

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When it comes to compassion and dedication, in the dental field, Dr. Tadros is truly second to none. He doesn’t treat patients like numbers – everyone receives the dedicated time and attention they need, no excuses. If you or your child is experiencing a dental emergency, he will focus on relieving your pain quickly using tried-and-true dental techniques and modern technology, helping your family get back to your normal routine as soon as possible. You can always count on the team at Del Rey Dental!

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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  1. Call Us: The first step you should always take if you experience a dental emergency is to contact our office. Our knowledgeable front desk staff will provide you with advice to minimize the risk of sustaining any additional dental damage and help ease your discomfort until you’re able to reach us. We try our best to fit our patients who are experiencing pain in for an appointment the same day they call.
  2. Get Examined: Once you arrive at our office, you’ll receive a thorough examination from Tadros. He’ll inspect your gums, teeth, and if necessary, capture X-rays to view the underlying structures of your smile, like the roots of your teeth.
  3. Diagnosis & Treatment Plan: Based on our team’s findings, we’ll diagnose the problem at-hand and walk you through each of your treatment options. We want you to feel confident and comfortable moving forward with care and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
  4. Receive Treatment: Once you consent to treatment, our team will quickly and effectively address your concerns and restore the health and appearance of your grin.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

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Dental emergencies are delicate situations, and whether you’re in pain or simply experiencing out-of-the-ordinary symptoms, we recommend contacting our team at Del Rey Dental immediately. Below, we’ve also included a list of some of the most common emergencies we treat for your convenience.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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The cost of your dental emergency in Dallas will be based on a variety of factors, including what issue you face and the treatment you require to get your oral health back on the right track. The best way to minimize the extent of your oral damage and save money is to visit your emergency dentist as soon as you notice any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms. From there, we can conduct a thorough examination, take any necessary X-rays, and get you the fast, pain-relieving dental care you need.

Every Dental Emergency Requires Its Own Treatment Plan

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Different dental emergencies can require different solutions, which is why there’s no set cost for an emergency dental visit. Based on your emergency dentist in East Dallas thorough examination and diagnosis, we’ll outline a customized treatment plan to restore your smile and protect it from further harm.

Less progressed problems typically require less invasive treatments. For example, a cavity can be treated with a simple filling, while a tooth infection may require root canal treatment as well as a dental crown, or even a tooth extraction. When we fill you in on our treatment recommendation, we’ll walk you through details about cost as well, so you don’t feel left in the dark.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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At Del Rey Dental, we’re proud to make getting the urgent dental treatments you need affordable by being an in-network provider with most major PPO dental insurance plans, like Aetna, Humana, Ameritas, Delta Dental, and countless others. Many patients’ benefits will cover at least a portion of the cost of their emergency dental treatment, but we’ll help you navigate your plan to find out your specific coverage. Even if we’re not in-network with your provider, we can help you file a claim so you can maximize your investment in dental insurance.

Making Dental Emergency Visits More Affordable

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In addition to dental insurance, we offer an affordable and simple dental savings plan, called the DRD Loyalty Plan. For a flat annual or monthly fee, you’ll be able to enjoy dental coverage without having to worry about deductibles, co-payments, waiting periods, or any other hassles that you’d need to navigate through insurance companies. When you enroll in our plan, you’ll have access to full mouth X-rays, annual cleanings, bitewing X-rays, emergency exams, and routine checkups. In addition to all of these benefits, you’ll receive a 30 to 50 percent discount on other dental services that we provide as well.

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

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Sadly, you can’t completely avoid experiencing a dental emergency. That said, there are several steps you can take to reduce your risk. That’s why we’ve dedicated this next section to how to prevent dental emergencies: we want your teeth and gums to stay healthy and happy as long as possible!

Come In for a Checkup and Cleaning Biannually

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The importance of biannual dental checkups and teeth cleanings is often overlooked. The reality is that coming in twice a year for an appointment with Dr. Tadros and the rest of our Dallas dental team helps prevent small oral health problems from getting worse. Plus, routine visits help catch issues outside of large cavities and severe gum disease too, like oral cancer. So, don’t wait longer than six months to come in for a visit.

Commit to Good Oral Hygiene At Home

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Of course, taking care of your teeth and gums on a daily basis is equally as important. The best place to start is using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste to brush each morning and evening. Then, focus on flossing daily. Finally, use an antimicrobial mouthwash for 30-60 seconds at a time to help remove bacteria and plaque that may have been missed.

Eat a Nutritious Diet

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The goal is to eat a well-balanced diet that doesn’t contain excessive amounts of carbohydrates or sugars, which harmful oral bacteria love to feed on. Instead, focus on smile-friendly foods that you can add to your diet, like fresh blueberries, plain yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, and oatmeal. Foods that are packed with vitamins and minerals will help keep your jawbone strong, your gums infection-free, and your teeth healthy.

Wear a Mouthguard During Sports

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Simply put, you need to protect your teeth from the threat of damage if you play sports. In fact, even patients who participate in non-contact sports, like weightlifting and surfing, are now encouraged to wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth from premature wear, cracks, and other dental damage.

Note: If you grind your teeth at night, then we also recommend having a protective nightguard made to protect your smile from harm.

Quit Unhealthy Habits, Like Smoking

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Smoking is one of the worst habits because it wreaks havoc on your teeth and gums. Of course, that’s not the only unhealthy habit that can lead to a serious dental injury. Even something as “small” as biting your nails can lead to anything from minor chips to significant cracks. In short, it’s important not to let any poor habits you’ve picked up over the years progress for the sake of your smile.

Tooth Extractions

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Extracting one or more natural teeth is never our dental team’s first choice – ideally, we want to help every patient enjoy their original smiles for life! Unfortunately, this just isn’t always possible. Here are some scenarios where tooth removal may be the best choice for you or your child’s wellbeing:

  • Advanced tooth decay is present and cannot be treated with regular restorative services.
  • One or more teeth have experienced a traumatic injury.
  • Orthodontic treatment is highly recommended, and one or more teeth must be removed to make room for it.
  • A young patient’s “baby” tooth is impeding the development of the adult tooth.

Rest assured that our East Dallas dental team will always take the time to make sure patients are safe and comfortable throughout the tooth extraction procedure. If a replacement is needed, Dr. Tadros can jumpstart this process right away so that no one has to spend a large amount of time without the complete, confident smile they deserve.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

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The wisdom teeth are the third molars, which are located at the very back of the mouth. Some people can keep their wisdom teeth throughout their lifetime and not suffer any harm because of them. In other cases, though, the wisdom teeth start to cause pain and other serious problems. If you believe your wisdom teeth need to be removed, reach out to our team. We will assess the situation and design a treatment plan to protect your oral health and relieve any discomfort you may be feeling.

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Emergency Dentistry FAQs

Does emergency dentistry cost more?

Emergency dental exams are not particularly expensive. However, the services that are required to treat and manage urgent dental problems are usually considered restorative rather than preventive, leading to higher average costs. Just keep in mind that putting off necessary care can make it much more expensive and time-consuming to treat later on, so it is best to have the issue addressed as soon as possible. Dental insurance often partially covers restorative treatments, so you should confirm this with your provider ahead of your treatment.

How long can a restoration be temporarily attached?

Even if it feels like it’s secure, your restoration will not stay that way for long. At most, crowns may remain stable for a few days. For this reason, the restoration will need to be replaced by a dentist. Because dental fillings cannot be placed back into a tooth, this means that you will need to avoid using that tooth until it’s restored with a new filling.

Is my tooth pain from an infection?

If your tooth feels sore or has a painful throbbing sensation, it is likely due to an infection. Some other signs include a bitter taste in the mouth, bad breath, tooth sensitivity, loosening of the teeth, red or swollen gums, or a draining sore on the gums surrounding the aching tooth. The only way to confirm this is to see a dentist. They can capture X-rays and provide a detailed diagnosis so you can have it addressed as soon as possible.

Do I need to visit for minor chips to teeth?

Teeth don’t heal on their own when they have been chipped fractured, or otherwise broken. This means that the tooth will only become further damaged. Depending on how severe the break is, your dentist has multiple solutions. It is especially important to visit if the tooth is sharp or jagged, as this can cause damage to your gums or oral tissue.

Can the emergency room remove a tooth?

Only licensed dentists are able to perform tooth extractions, making the procedure illegal for someone without proper training and education to perform, even in a hospital setting. At best, the emergency room may be able to provide antibiotics and pain medication, but that does not address the underlying problem that is causing your toothache. A tooth extraction may not even be necessary. For instance, root canal treatment may be able to get you out of discomfort and prevent the need for an extraction altogether. The only way to know for sure is to visit an emergency dentist.