Emergency Dentist – Arlington, TX

Urgent Dental Care When Your Family Needs it the Most

If you find yourself dealing with a severe toothache, dental damage, or another type of dental emergency in Arlington, know that you can rely on Dr. Atluri, our dedicated emergency dentist in Arlington, TX, to provide you with timely, comfortable care. With over 12 years of experience, including ample practice providing urgent dental services like root canals and tooth extractions, Dr. Atluri can quickly ease her dentistry patients’ pain. Please give our dental office a call if you require emergency dental treatment so we can schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible.

Why Choose We Smile Dental of Arlington for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Dentist with 12+ Years of Experience
  • We See Patients of All Ages
  • In-House Membership Plan Available

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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  1. Call Our Dental Office: The first step you always want to take if you’re experiencing any out-of-the-ordinary oral pain or dental damage is to call our dental office. We’ll provide you with first-aid guidance to prevent any additional damage from occurring to your mouth and schedule a time for you to come to our dental office.
  2. Receive an Emergency Examination: Once you arrive at our dental office, Dr. Atluri will examine your mouth, collect any necessary diagnostic images, like X-rays, and determine the extent of your damage or the cause of your discomfort.
  3. Go Over Your Treatment Plan: Based on Dr. Atluri’s findings during your examination, she’ll outline a treatment plan for you and get you out of pain.
  4. Get the Expert Care You Need: Atluri will carry out the agreed-upon treatment plan to restore your oral health and address your discomfort. Many people who come to us for emergency dental care often come back to see us as long-term patients because they feel so comfortable with our team!

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

It can be difficult to think on your toes in an emergency, which is why our team is available to help walk you through your situation and provide over-the-phone emergency guidance. Whether you’ve broken or knocked out a tooth, have a severe toothache, or accidentally damaged your denture, know that our team is here for you.

Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry

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We completely understand that patients have concerns about the cost, especially for unexpected dental services. One of the cornerstones of our office is providing ethical care, so don’t worry – we will present you with a detailed cost estimate before moving forward with any treatments. We are also happy to offer an in-house membership plan as well as accept and maximize all PPO dental insurance to help minimize your out-of-pocket cost. If you want to learn more on the topic of the cost of emergency dentistry, keep reading!

Every Dental Emergency is Different

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Since no two dental emergencies are the same, there’s no set price tag associated with visiting our emergency dentist in Arlington. When you come in for your appointment, we will conduct a detailed exam, determine the type of procedure you need, and review the associated costs. If we can, we will restore your healthy, pain-free smile the very same day too. However, there are some cases where more planning is needed, which may be the case if we need to extract your tooth and replace it with a dental implant. Rest assured that we will be here to help you every step of the way.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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Although it’s rare for dental insurance providers to cover the entire cost, they may cover the price of the emergency exam. Similarly, many plans have a 100-80-50 benefits structure, which means that 50% or more of the restorative care you need (i.e., tooth-colored filling, dental crown, tooth extraction) may be covered. Since factors like yearly deductibles, annual maximums, and waiting periods need to be considered, we recommend reviewing the fine print on your plan in-depth. Our team is also here to help since we welcome many of the nation’s leading providers, including Aetna, Ameritas, and Anthem.

Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable

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If you are currently uninsured, then ask our Arlington dental team about our in-house membership plan! For one low, annual fee, you can enjoy discounted preventive care, 20% off select treatments, and 1 complimentary emergency exam.

If you are currently uninsured, then ask our Arlington dental team about our in-house membership plan! For one low, annual fee, you can enjoy discounted preventive care, 20% off select treatments, and 1 complimentary emergency exam.

Taking Care Of Your Smile Can Save You Money

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Of course, accidents aren’t 100% preventable. The good news is that there are still several ways you can help protect your smile from harm and, in turn, a painful dental injury. A few examples include visiting us twice a year for a checkup and cleaning, brushing and flossing consistently, and quitting unhealthy habits, like smoking. We also strongly recommend investing in a mouthguard if you play sports (even non-contact ones) or grind your teeth while you sleep.

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

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The best way to prevent dental emergencies from arising is to be proactive about taking care of your smile. In other words, adopting good habits could save you thousands of dollars in emergency dental services as well as stress! With this in mind, keep reading to learn some practical ways you can protect your teeth and gums from harm.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

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Has it been more than six months since your last dental checkup and teeth cleaning? If so, it’s time to get your next appointment on the calendar! These routine visits are crucial for a number of reasons, including that they ensure our dental team catches tooth decay, gum disease, damaged restorations, and similar problems in the early stages – before they require emergency treatment.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene At Home

One of the best ways to keep your smile healthy is to commit to a good oral hygiene regimen at home. That means brushing twice a day (or after each meal, if you can), flossing daily, and using an antimicrobial mouthwash to rinse your mouth at the end of the day. If you’re ever unsure of what products to use or you need a refresher on proper technique, don’t hesitate to ask – we’re here to help!

Stick to a Nutritious Diet

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When it comes to maintaining a healthy smile, patients often forget that their diet matters. After all, over-indulging on sugary and starchy foods can dramatically increase your risk of developing tooth decay. That’s why we encourage our patients to eat a well-balanced, nutrient-dense diet. In other words, it’s important to fill your plate with plain yogurt, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and other smile-friendly foods.

Wear a Mouthguard

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An athletic mouthguard can protect your teeth from several injuries, including a partially dislodged or completely knocked out tooth. So, make sure to wear one during games and practices! In fact, children and adults who participate in solo sports, like surfing, are also encouraged to wear one, just in case.

Note: If you clench your teeth throughout the day or grind your teeth at night, then a nightguard may be the best way to protect your teeth from chips, cracks, and fractures.

Use Tools to Open Packages, Not Your Teeth

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Have you developed a habit of using your teeth to remove bottle caps, twist off the top of your mascara, hold your keys, or tear into plastic wrapping? Even if you haven’t run into any issues in the past, now is the time to break that habit. After all, using your teeth as tools can easily lead to a painful dental injury, like a serious fracture.

Dental Emergency FAQs

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Although many patients go their entire lives without experiencing any serious dental injuries, it’s always a good idea to be prepared – just in case. That’s why we’ve dedicated this next section to answering FAQs about emergency dentistry in Arlington. Of course, you can also reach out to us directly if you have a specific question on your mind or would simply like to learn more!

Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?

Many patients assume that they should head to the ER for treatment. However, hospitals don’t usually have dentists on staff. For this reason, we don’t recommend heading there first unless you’re experiencing a potentially life-threatening symptom, like trouble breathing or difficulty swallowing.

If you’re struggling with a painful toothache, a loose restoration, or another dental injury, then you should absolutely call our Arlington dental team first. In addition to scheduling a time for you to come in for treatment, we will provide you with detailed instructions on what to do until you arrive at our office.

How should I sleep with tooth pain?

We must start this section with the disclaimer that we never recommend trying to “sleep off” a toothache. However, if you have a day or two until your appointment, then it can be helpful to have some pointers on how to get a good night’s sleep with tooth pain. We recommend taking an OTC pain reliever about 30 minutes before bed and keeping your head elevated while you sleep. Additionally, don’t eat anything acidic, crunchy, or sugary at dinner and use a cold compress for about 10 minutes at a time to help alleviate inflammation and discomfort.

My chipped tooth doesn’t hurt. Do I still need to visit?

Yes! After all, pain isn’t the only symptom of a dental emergency. Since a chipped tooth can become infected and split further, we need to conduct an exam to determine if we need to restore the missing structure. With all of that said, a minor chip may not require a same-day visit; coming to our office before the end of the week should suffice.

Can I fix dentures that are broken in half?

Not at home. If your denture breaks, then a skilled prosthodontist needs to repair it to fully restore the look and function of your smile.

Note: Using household adhesives, like super glue, is not recommended since they contain toxins that are not safe to ingest.

Should knocked-out teeth be placed in water?

Although you can use water to gently remove dirt from a knocked-out tooth, you shouldn’t completely submerge it in water. We recommend either placing it in a small container of milk or placing it back in its socket for safekeeping. However, you should only do the latter if the tooth goes back into position without any force.

Is my tooth pain from an infection?

Tooth pain is a common symptom of an infection, but it could also be the result of other dental damage, like a small crack. That’s why we recommend scheduling an appointment with our Arlington emergency dentist the moment you notice it. The sooner you visit us, the sooner we can determine the root of the problem.