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Emergency Dentist — Crystal River, FL

When an Emergency Strikes, Get Care You Need

A dental emergency can come in many forms: an awful toothache that appears out of nowhere, a broken crown, or even a knocked-out tooth. Whatever the case may be, Crystal River residents only have to remember one thing to get the help they need: call Signature Dental Care. Dr. Schnell and our team are more than capable of handling any type of urgent dental situation, and we’ll work to see you as quickly as possible as well. We’ll get you feeling better in no time with emergency dentistry in Crystal River, FL!

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Why Choose Signature Dental Care for Emergency Dental Care?

  • Often Able to See Emergency Patients the Same Day
  • Sedation Options Help Provide Immediate Relief
  • Advanced Technology Guarantees Fast & Comfortable Care

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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  • In most cases, our team should be able to get you seen the same day that you call to report a dental emergency. When you do call, we can also provide helpful first-aid tips to make it easier to manage your emergency and reduce discomfort. The last thing you should do is put off care you need, so don’t be afraid to get in touch as soon as you notice something is wrong.
  • Once you get to our office, Dr. Schnell will perform an emergency exam and capture digital X-rays if needed to confirm the cause and location of your dental issue. She’ll also work as quickly as possible to provide relief to your dental discomfort.
  • After she completes her exam, she’ll go over her findings as well as recommend treatments she believes will best address your dental emergency and prevent it from coming back. This includes an estimated price and length of treatment, allowing you to make an informed decision on your care before we get started.
  • Treatments often recommended for emergency dental problems include dental fillings, crowns, root canal therapy, and tooth extractions, but they may also include other services if needed.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Whether you suddenly develop a raging toothache or an injury knocks part of your tooth out, the last thing you should do when you encounter a dental emergency in Crystal River is panic. Instead, you should call Signature Dental Care for over-the-phone guidance. However, you may need to take certain precautions until then to reduce the risk of further damage to your smile. Here are some simple tips for handling common dental emergencies.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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When you’re saddled with a dental emergency like a toothache or a knocked-out tooth, the last thing on your mind is how much your treatment is going to cost. At least, until you pull up to our office and start panicking. However, Dr. Lisa Schnell would advise you to be more concerned about the state of your oral health rather than the cost of restoring your tooth. This is why our friendly staff members will do everything in their power to minimize the cost of your emergency treatment and provide affordable care right when you need it. Call us today to learn more.

What Factors Affect the Cost of Emergency Care?

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It probably comes as no surprise that treating your dental emergency will cost a bit more than a conventional checkup and cleaning appointment. There are several factors that can influence how much you’ll end up paying for your treatment, such as:

  • Type of treatment: Depending on the type of restorative treatment that you need, your costs will vary, as well as the level of coverage from your insurance company.
  • Dental insurance: If you have dental insurance, it’s very likely that they will cover at least a portion of your treatment, lowering the amount that you’ll have to pay out of pocket.
  • Location of dental office: The costs of treating dental emergencies tend to be higher in larger cities or places with a generally high cost of living.

What are My Financial Options?

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At Signature Dental Care, PA, we are an in-network provider with Florida Blue and even accept most other major PPO plans. If you don’t have dental insurance, we also offer a partnership with CareCredit, which is a third-party financing option that allows you to pay for the dental care you need with very little or even no interest.

Why Is It Important to Schedule a Consultation?

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Because there is no fixed cost of emergency care, it’s imperative that should one happen, you come in to see us as soon as possible. By booking a consultation or appointment, Dr. Schnell can thoroughly examine your mouth to determine the severity of the issue. If you need only minor services to heal your dental emergency, such as a filling, your treatment might be covered at up 80%. However, if you require more extensive restorative procedures, like a root canal or tooth extraction, your insurance might only cover up to 50% of the cost.

When undergoing treatment for a dental emergency, it’s important to consider all of the factors at play. However, you should never let it stop you from receiving the urgent care you need. Our caring team is always here to help and will do our utmost to get you necessary treatments without breaking the bank.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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While the team here at Signature Dental Care is virtually always ready to treat a dental emergency should one arise, the best treatment for these situations is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. If you want to learn what you can do to avoid the need to call your emergency dentist in Crystal River, Dr. Lisa Schnell, then keep reading below as we outline some tips. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t be afraid to contact us today!

Pay Attention to What You Eat

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One way to keep dental emergencies at bay is to stick to a mouth-healthy diet by eating plenty of fresh fruits, dark leafy greens, lean meats, and dairy products rich in calcium to strengthen your enamel. On the other hand, consuming too many sugary or starchy items can spell disaster for your smile. When particles from these foods and drinks are left to sit on your teeth for too long, bacteria feed on them and create acids that destroy your enamel, leading to cavities. In order to avoid a cavity that causes a raging toothache that might necessitate anything from a filling to an extraction, watch what you eat.

Give Your Teeth Extra Protection

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Teeth grinding, officially known as bruxism, is a fairly common affliction for children and adults alike. If you frequently wake up with headaches or sore teeth, you might be engaging in this habit while you sleep. Ask your dentist in Crystal River about creating a custom nightguard for you. This comfortable plastic tray is worn over the teeth to keep the top and bottom arches from making harmful contact during the night.

A custom-made mouthguard can also benefit you if you play sports, as it’s estimated that up to 40% of all dental injuries are sports-related. Not wearing a mouthguard during physical activity can lead to broken or knocked-out teeth or a broken or dislocated jaw. Mouthguards can cushion any blows you may receive during sports games or practices.

Keep Up With Your Oral Hygiene

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Another great way to prevent injury to your mouth is by brushing and flossing every day. Make sure to use a toothpaste containing fluoride. This naturally occurring mineral makes your enamel stronger against the constant onslaught of sugar, bacteria, and the daily wear and tear of chewing. It also helps to avoid using your teeth for anything except eating and speaking. Don’t chew on inedible objects like ice, pencils, or fingernails. Lastly, attend your regular checkups and cleanings with Dr. Schnell to treat signs of emergencies before they even happen.

Dental Emergency FAQ’s 

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If you’re like most people, you probably don’t have much experience dealing with dental emergencies. As a result, you might panic in this situation because you don’t know what to do. Fortunately, our experience dealing with many a dental emergency means that we’re able to help greatly. We’ve compiled this list of questions we get asked the most often about emergency dentistry and answered them below for your benefit. Feel free to contact us if you have a question that doesn’t appear on this page.

When Should I Go to the Hospital vs. the Dentist?

For dental emergencies that are also considered life-threatening, your best bet is to head to the emergency room of your local hospital for treatment. Emergency situations such as a broken or dislocated jaw, profuse bleeding that doesn’t subside after more than 15 minutes, or swelling that obstructs your airway all warrant a trip to the ER instead of our office. For all other emergencies that have to do with your mouth, you’re much better off seeing us. This is because, unlike the hospital staff, Dr. Schnell has the specialized training needed to deal with dental pain or injuries.

Will I Need a Root Canal?

While root canal therapy might have a frightening reputation, it’s actually one of the most common ways that we can relieve a severe toothache. When the inner portion of your tooth, known as the pulp, becomes decayed or infected, it can result in serious pain that interferes with your daily life. This is because the tooth’s nerves lie within the pulp. During a root canal, we can remove the infected tissue, alleviating your pain and protecting your tooth in the future.

How Long Should I Wait to Receive Treatment?

Ideally, you should call us as soon as you notice something is amiss to receive treatment as soon as possible. While you often recover from general medical conditions like the common cold with time, dental problems typically worsen the longer you ignore them and put off treatment. In the case of certain emergencies, such as a knocked-out tooth, coming in for timely treatment could even save your tooth. Additionally, most dental emergencies are painful to some extent, so the sooner you can see us, the quicker we can get you out of pain and back to your everyday life.

Does My Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

There is no set answer to this question because every emergency situation is different. You might need only a small filling or a prescription of antibiotics to treat your problem, which is usually covered to a great degree by your insurance. However, some emergencies require that one or even multiple teeth be extracted and replaced, which are less likely to be covered by your insurance. As mentioned earlier, we partner with third-party financing options like CareCredit if you need help paying for your treatment.