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Emergency Dentistry – Eugene, OR

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If you or a loved one develop a painful toothache or sustain a dental injury, the last thing you want to do is waste precious time trying to find an emergency dentist. Fortunately, you don’t have to look far to find the fast and professional care you need—just give For Beautiful Smiles a call, and we’ll work to see you right away. We’ll quickly solve your problem and put a stop to any pain so you can get back to your life as soon as possible thanks to emergency dentistry in Eugene, OR.

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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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It can be easy to panic during a dental emergency, but you only need to remember to do one thing: contact our dental office. This will allow our team to evaluate your situation, give you first-aid tips over the phone, and schedule you for an immediate appointment if necessary. Until you can reach us, here are a few things you can do at home to provide some temporary relief:

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Toothaches

Rinse and floss thoroughly around the tooth to remove anything that might be stuck. Otherwise, it’s OK to take an OTC medication or apply a cold compress to the face in 10-minute increments.

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Chipped/Broken Tooth

Try to pick up any pieces of the tooth that you can find, place them in a safe container, and remember to bring them to our dental office. If the remaining tooth has a sharp edge, be sure to cover it either with some dental wax or sugarless gum to prevent it from causing further injury.

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Knocked-Out Tooth

You need to come see us within an hour of the tooth becoming dislodged to give us the best chance of putting it back into place. In the meantime, the tooth needs to stay wet to remain alive, so store it under the tongue or in a container filled with milk or saltwater.

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Lost Filling/Crown

While this kind of issue might not cause any pain, it’s best to come see us quickly to have the restoration repaired or replaced without delay to prevent the tooth from developing any pain or an infection. Try to place the restoration back onto the tooth and do your best to avoid chewing with that area of your mouth.

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Head/Neck/Jaw Pain

Is your jaw constantly stiff and sore? Do you experience frequent headaches, particularly in the morning? You might be dealing with a TMD, and Dr. Sutter can help with dedicated treatment that can discover the source of your pain, remove it, and give you lasting relief.

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How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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A few daily habits can go a long way in helping you and your loved ones avoid the dental emergencies detailed on this page:

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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Before Dr. Sutter provides any emergency treatment, he will quickly examine your mouth and go over your options, and our team will talk to you about the costs associated with each. Different emergencies call for different procedures, so prices vary from patient to patient. If you’re worried about being able to afford this type of care, our dental office is willing to work with your insurance and offers financing to help you get what you need while staying on budget.

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Every Dental Emergency Is Different

It is impossible to predict the cost of emergency dentistry in Eugene before we are able to perform a thorough examination. Some situations require a fairly quick and inexpensive treatment, like a small filling or prescription mouthwash. In other cases, more extensive — and more costly — treatment is necessary. For example, you might need root canal therapy or a crown. When it is used, sedation presents a separate cost. If more than one procedure might be able to relieve your pain and improve your oral health, we will help you understand the pros, cons, and cost of each option.

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Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

Many dental insurance policies cover at least one emergency exam each year. It is also common for them to pay for a portion of the price of the restorative procedures that an emergency dentist in Eugene commonly performs. Things like fillings and simple extractions may be up to 80% covered, while major treatments may be just 50% covered. Our team is in-network with several major policies, and we can help patients take advantage of virtually any PPO insurance plan.

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Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable

We don’t want you to hesitate to seek emergency care when you need it. That is why, in addition to helping you with insurance, we are proud to partner with CareCredit. CareCredit is a third-party lender that specializes in providing low-interest and no-interest payment plans for medical and dental services. Most patients qualify for financing through it, and you may be able to choose from a range of plans so you can find a payment structure that works with your budget.

If you have any questions about CareCredit or your other payment options, our team will be happy to guide you. We strive to provide personalized, attentive service to every patient who relies on us for help.

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Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money

Some dental emergencies are the result of unavoidable accidents. In most cases, though, they occur due to longstanding dental problems that suddenly begin to cause significant pain. Because insurance covers minor services at a higher rate, you can actually save money by getting such issues diagnosed and treated while they are still in their early stages. Your diligence could potentially save you thousands of dollars over the years.

Of course, it is best to completely prevent dental problems if possible. Insurance usually covers 100% of the cost of cleanings and checkups, and these routine appointments can do much to keep your smile problem-free. Thorough at-home oral hygiene can also contribute to your plan to save money on emergency dentistry.

Tooth Extractions

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If a tooth is simply too decayed or damaged to be restored, then the only choice is to remove it. To make this treatment as comfortable as possible, patients can choose to receive dental sedation in addition to local anesthesia, which helps most feel practically nothing throughout the process. Afterward, Dr. Sutter can help a patient quickly fill the gap with a custom-made restoration.

Dental Emergency FAQs

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Dr. Sutter and our team are ready to help you get your oral health back on track as quickly as possible. Before you save our number in your phone, however, you might have questions about emergency dentistry and how to handle various situations. That is why we have put together the following list of FAQs, along with their answers. If your specific question isn’t addressed here, please feel free to reach out to us directly.

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Should I Visit the Emergency Room First for Dental Emergencies?

Most hospital personnel do not have the training nor the equipment to address a dental emergency in Eugene. In some places, it is even illegal for anyone other than a dentist to perform tooth extractions. In many cases, if a hospital doesn’t have an on-call dentist, the most they can do is provide some pain medication and encourage you to visit a dentist as soon as possible. However, there are exceptions to the rule. Some dental emergencies, such as broken facial bones, uncontrolled bleeding, and other life-threatening symptoms, certainly call for a trip to the ER. After the hospital provides initial care, you can visit us later for follow-up treatment.

My Chipped Tooth Doesn’t Hurt. Do I Still Need to Visit?

A chipped tooth can easily worsen over time, and its jagged edges might irritate the soft tissues in your mouth. Plus, the only way to get an accurate understanding of the damage to your tooth is to visit a dentist. They can let you know if the chip is just a superficial injury or if it is affecting the inner layers of the tooth. If the chip goes beyond the enamel, you might require root canal therapy or another significant restorative treatment. Generally speaking, you should visit a dentist for a chipped tooth within a day or two if possible.

Should Knocked-Out Teeth Be Placed in Water?

It is important to keep a tooth moist after it gets knocked out. However, it is generally best not to use water. Water could damage the fragile root surface cells of the tooth, lowering the chances that replantation will be possible. However, you can and should rinse the tooth with water to remove any debris that might be clinging to it. Thereafter, it would be wise to attempt to place it back in its socket or tuck it between your gums and cheek.

What Is Causing My Jaw Pain?

Jaw pain can have quite a few different causes; you should visit an emergency dentist in Eugene to gain a deeper understanding of what is happening. In many cases, jaw pain is simply the result of chronic bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching). However, it can also stem from facial injuries that never healed properly, TMJ dysfunction (TMD), and other issues. Dr. Sutter has in-depth knowledge of how both the jaw and the TMJ work, so he is well-qualified to diagnose and address your pain.

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