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Emergency Dentist – Denton, TX

Got Dental Pain? We Can Fix That!

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When dental emergencies occur, they generally fall into two distinct categories. One way they can appear is through long-term tooth decay or infections (which generally result in toothaches.) Another way is through physical injuries, such as a bad fall or taking a hit playing your favorite contact sport. No matter what caused your dental emergency, Dr. Ted Dunson is more than prepared to get you out of pain, restore your smile, and make sure your oral health is in good condition moving forward. Call his office to get your dental emergency handled as soon as possible!

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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We strongly encourage you to call our office the moment a dental emergency occurs. Not only will we get you scheduled as soon as possible, but we’ll be able to provide you with a tips to manage your dental emergency before you arrive. Until you do, here’s how you can manage different types of emergencies and improve your condition.


Make sure to floss around the tooth in question to ensure no food is caught in between your teeth. If pain continues, take an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen to manage discomfort.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Collect and bring any pieces of tooth that you can to our office. if your face begins to swell up, apply a cold compress to your cheek for 10 minutes at a time, then remove for an additional 10 minutes. Repeat this for up to one hour. Take painkillers as needed to reduce discomfort. If the tooth is sharp or jagged, avoid chewing food so you don’t cut your cheek or tongue.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Locate the tooth and bring it to the office. Do not touch the root or remove any tissue still attached. After picking it up by the crown, gently rinse it with cool water to remove any dirt or debris. Try to place the tooth back into your open socket for preservation. If not possible, keep it in salt water or milk and get to our office within the hour.

Lost Filling/Crown

If you still have the restoration, you can try to reattach it using dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum if no other options are available. We will most likely need to replace the crown or filling once you arrive.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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In order to avoid dental emergencies as much as possible, you’ll want to make sure to:

  • Use a mouthguard when playing contact sports
  • Brush twice a day and floss daily
  • Avoid chewing on very hard substances (i.e. ice cubes, popcorn kernels, hard candy, etc.)
  • Wear a nightguard if you clench or grind your teeth at night
  • Never use your teeth as a tool (i.e. opening boxes or bottles)
  • Commit to routine dental exams and cleanings every six months

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Since dental emergencies can come in all different forms, it can be difficult to know what the cost of your treatment will be until you arrive. For example, if a tooth is damaged, it may only require a dental filling to restore. However, if it’s severely damaged, it could need root canal therapy if it is infected. Regardless of the cost, we encourage you to speak with Dr. Dunson in person so he can provide a more accurate estimate for treating your dental emergency. He’ll work with you to build a payment plan that’s within your means and gets you out of dental discomfort.

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Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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No one every expects a dental emergency to happen to them. However, the unfortunate truth is that 1 out of every 6 Americans will be faced with one every year. Do you know what to do if you should find yourself in this situation? Your first step should be calling your emergency dentist in Denton. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry.

Should I Go to the Emergency Room?

Because dental emergencies can be scary, your first instinct may be to call the nearest emergency room. If you have a broken jaw or are bleeding profusely, this is the right call. For all other urgent dental problems, you’re much better off calling us. Most emergency rooms aren’t equipped to handle specific dental problems, at most being able to prescribe antibiotics or painkillers. Our team, on the other hand, can get to the bottom of your emergency quickly and efficiently.

Can I Wait to See My Dentist?

These days, no one has time in their busy schedules for an unexpected dental appointment. When an emergency strikes, it can be tempting to wait until you have a free day to deal with the problem. In some cases, though, waiting too long could mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth.

As with any emergency, time is of the utmost importance. It’s best to schedule an appointment with us as soon as your emergency arises. Our goal will be to get you out of pain quickly and then discuss treatment options that are customized to your individual needs and budget.

How Much Does an Emergency Dental Visit Cost?

There is no fixed fee for treating a dental emergency because every situation is different. For example, a filling to cure a toothache will cost less than replacing a knocked-out tooth. When you arrive at our office, we’ll go over a detailed treatment plan along with a cost estimate that will repair your smile without breaking the bank.

Can I Use My Dental Insurance?

While every individual policy differs, most insurance plans will pay for at least one emergency visit a year. We’ll work with your carrier to reduce the amount you’ll have to pay out of pocket. We will then explain any remaining costs and your options to finance them, such as by partnering with CareCredit, which allows you to fund your medical care with incredibly low interest rates.