What Is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is any dental issue that needs immediate assistance. However, if the injury presents life-threatening risks to a person they should call 911, not a dentist. Common dental emergencies are cracked, broken, or knocked-out teeth. Severe toothaches, jaw pain, red/puffy gums that are bleeding frequently, and issues with crowns, implants, or fillings are also considered dental emergencies. If you are in any pain, you should call a dentist right away.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies

This will depend on your insurance. Traditionally, many of the popular dental insurance plans provide higher coverage for routine dental services like cleanings, x-rays, and exams. Bigger procedures like dental fillings, implants, bridges, and crowns are usually only partially covered. The coverage of a dental emergency will depend on what the dentist needs to do. Here at Dental Town we never want anyone to avoid getting necessary dental treatments because of fears about coverage or cost. That is why we have many payment options including financing and payment plans that can help you cover your emergency.

When Should I Call An Emergency Dentist?

There are a variety of dental issues that are considered emergencies. But the easy rule to follow is if you are experiencing moderate to severe oral pain or damage has been done to a tooth or a dental implement like a crown, you need to see a dentist right away. Some common examples of dental emergencies include

  • Knocked Out Tooth
  • Chipped, Cracked, or Broken Tooth
  • A Persistent Toothache
  • Damaged Filling, Crown, or Bridge
  • Soft Tissue Injuries to Gums or Cheeks
  • Pain/Swelling in the Jaw or face

If you or someoen in your family needs to see an emergency dentist, we would be happy to help you. With 10 different locations in the Chicagoland area we can help you find an available dentist to help with your issue.