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Emergency Dentistry – Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville Complete Dentistry Offers Fast Emergency Dentistry

Man in pain holding faceDental emergencies come in many different forms. They may strike at a moment’s notice, such as if you fell and cracked a tooth on the side walk, or they may gradually develop over time in the form of a bad toothache until the pain is unbearable. Whatever your situation is, one thing is certain – you have Jacksonville Complete Dentistry’s support through and through. Please don’t hesitate to contact us right away for emergency assistance; our doctors will do all they can to make time to see you as soon as they possibly can so that you receive much-needed relief from your injury and/or pain.

Why Choose Jacksonville Complete Dentistry for Emergency Dentistry?

What Counts as a Dental Emergency?

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Our experienced dentists always trust your judgement when you call in with an urgent need, and we will provide personalized dental care to relieve pain and renew your oral health.. However, if you’re still unsure whether or not you need fast attention, here are the most common dental emergencies our team treats:

We hope to not only care for your dental emergency, but also get you started on the path back to a healthy, happy smile as soon as possible! We treat emergencies in Jacksonvile, Baymeadows, Southside and all surrounding areas.

Unparalleled Experience & Qualifications

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Both Dr. Johnson and Dr. Barker have years of real world experience as practicing dentists, and in that time, they have basically seen every kind of dental emergency you can imagine. That means, no matter what your issue might be, you can trust that they have helped patients successfully navigate through it before. Plus, they’re also constantly investing in our office so we always have the latest technology, ensuring that we’re able to get to the root of a patient’s problem and relieve their pain as quickly as possible.

Dental Accidents & Facial Trauma

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Broken and knocked out teeth are extremely common dental emergencies, and they’re often the result of sports-related incidents, motor vehicle accidents, or just a clumsy fall at home. In any case, we’re able to fully repair extremely damaged teeth and even replant ones that have been completely dislodged.

If you or a loved one ever find yourselves in this kind of situation, be sure to recover as much of the tooth/teeth as you can and give our office a call as soon as possible. We’ll let you know what to do next so we can save your smile!

Dental Emergencies Due to Oral Care Neglect

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Do you have a toothache that is currently causing you a lot of pain? To get the immediate relief you need, be sure to:

Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry

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Fixing your smile and stopping your pain should be your primary goal when you call our office for emergency care. You can start thinking about the cost once we’ve examined your smile and recommended a treatment plan. No two emergency visits are likely to cost the same, but you’ll have our team at Jacksonville Complete Dentistry to walk you through the process and help you find the best strategies for reducing costs as much as possible.

Different Emergencies, Different Costs

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Some emergency visits involve root canal therapy to save a tooth, while in other cases an extraction is performed to remove it altogether. Crowns and other restorations might be placed to reverse dental damage. We may even have to address TMJ-related pain. The overall cost of your emergency visit will be impossible determine before we’ve had a chance to diagnose the problem and determined which treatments will be most effective in your case. We’ll make sure that you fully understand our findings and our treatment recommendations (as well as the estimated costs involved) before asking you to commit to a specific service.

Save Money by Taking Care of Your Smile Now

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If you’re worried about your financial situation, your first reaction to a dental emergency might be to try and ignore it. While cracks, toothaches, and other forms of dental damage might seem manageable at first, ignoring them gives them a chance to turn into larger problems. A small cavity that could once have been filled in can develop into a severe infection that forces us to remove the entire tooth and replace it with a dental implant. In the long run, waiting too long to have a dental emergency treated will cost you more money than having the problem taken care of in a timely manner.

On a similar note, if you want to avoid having to pay for a dental emergency altogether, it’s best to maintain a solid at-home oral hygiene routine and regular appointments. Good preventive care has been shown to potentially save people thousands of dollars in the long run.

Will Insurance Cover Your Emergency Care?

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Many plans will have some coverage set aside specifically for emergency situations, with at least one emergency exam often being fully covered each year. The most common emergency services such as root canal therapy tend to be covered under most plans, with said coverage ranging from 50% to 80% depending on how complex it is. One thing to keep in mind is that your plan does have a yearly maximum that limits the amount of coverage you can receive during a given year. It’s a good idea to contact your insurance company to confirm the benefits that are still available.

How Else Can Dental Emergencies Be Made Affordable?

Uninsured patients can apply for CareCredit, which offers plans that allows you to pay at a rate that’s comfortable for your budget. Third-party financing plans can be used for all services, including those not covered by insurance, so don’t be afraid to ask how to apply during your emergency visit.

Root Canals

Even just the mention of “root canal therapy” can send shivers down a patient’s spine – but is this essential procedure really that scary? In truth, the pain that most patients associate with it is the discomfort of having a tooth that’s heavily infected, which is what root canal therapy is designed to treat!

During this process, our dentists will access the inner canals of the tooth and clean them out thoroughly, replacing the infected tissue with a biocompatible material and then sealing the structure shut. Not only can root canal therapy rescue countless teeth from extraction, but it also enables patients to continue enjoying these very same teeth for many years to come.

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Tooth Extractions

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When it comes to your priceless teeth, our team will do everything we possibly can to help you keep them healthy and strong. Despite our best efforts, though, tooth extraction can become a necessity in certain situations, such as when you’ve experienced a traumatic injury or an area of decay has become so severe that regular restorative procedures (fillings, crowns, etc) can’t rebuild what’s been lost. Whatever your personal circumstances are, one thing is certain – you’ll always be treated comfortably and compassionately here at our practice.

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Wisdom Tooth Extractions

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Your third molars (also known as “wisdom teeth”) are the last teeth to emerge past the gum line and into your confident adult smile – but more often than not, this arrival isn’t exactly a happy occasion. Because of the limited remaining space in the mouth, wisdom teeth can easily cause dangerous overcrowding, infections, cyst formation, damage to nearby teeth, or even become impacted (trapped in the jawbone). If our doctors determine that these situations are likely to occur or have already occurred with the help of digital X-rays, we can remove these teeth for the sake of our patients’ safety and ongoing wellbeing.

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

After reading the above information, you know what counts as a dental emergency, a few common causes, and how our team can help restore your pain-free smile. If you’d like to continue your research to be as prepared as possible should a dental injury arise, we want to help! In addition to scheduling an appointment with our team, you can also keep reading for the answers to a few frequently asked questions.

When Should I Go to the Emergency Room?

When a dental emergency strikes, your first thought may be to head straight to your local ER. However, since they typically don’t have a dentist on-staff, the most they can do is ease your pain and recommend visiting your dental team. Therefore, it’s best for your smile, wallet, and time to visit our emergency dentist in Jacksonville first. With that being said, if your dental injury results in a life-threatening condition, like difficulty breathing or a broken jaw, then you should call 911 right away. Once you get the medical attention you need, give us a call so we can treat the root of the issue as soon as possible.

Do I Still Need to See a Dentist If My Toothache Goes Away?

Yes! There is a popular misconception that a once problematic tooth that has gone radio silent is a good thing. In reality, it could mean the infection has completely killed the pulp of your tooth, necessitating root canal therapy. If treatment is put off long enough, then a tooth extraction and replacement may be in order. So, you definitely should give us a call, even if your toothache goes away.

How Can I Prepare For a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies are often inconvenient and anxiety-inducing, which is why being prepared is so important. To ensure you can act quickly and get the fast, effective relief you deserve, keep the below items close by at all times:

  • Our contact information
  • Ibuprofen
  • Latex-free gloves
  • Gauze pads
  • Orajel
  • A small, sealable container (large enough to fit a tooth)
  • Saline solution
  • A dental mirror
  • Floss

Does Dental Insurance Cover the Cost of Emergency Visits?

The answer really depends on the fine print on your dental plan. Typically, both diagnostic care (like X-rays) and restorative services (like dental crowns) are eligible for coverage. If you don’t have dental insurance or need extensive dental work, then low-to-no interest financing is also available through CareCredit. Whichever financial option makes the most sense for you, we will ensure that handling that portion of your care is as stress-free as possible.

Whether you have sustained a dental injury or are interested in learning more to be as prepared as possible, we are here to help! Give us a call to speak directly with our team.

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