Emergency or Urgent Dentistry in Rockford, Dixon and Janesville
It can sometimes be difficult to determine whether you or someone you know requires emergency dental care. Some cases, such as those including severe facial trauma, are relatively obvious, whereas other times, the answer is not so clear, such as when a tooth suddenly begins to ache or a filling falls out. It is important to have a basic understanding of how to identify and respond to situations that may or may not require emergency dental care. When in doubt, it is generally better to err on the side of caution and seek emergency dental care, either from your regular clinic or emergency room if necessary.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals designed to meet your unique needs. If you have found yourself in an emergency situation, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576, even if the incident occurs after normal operating business hours. If you are unable to contact anyone from our staff, go to your nearest emergency room.
What to Do in Case of Emergency
If you find yourself in the following situations, the most important thing to do is remain calm and determine whether immediate emergency care is required. Although many of us do not think we will ever find ourselves in an emergency situation, it is important to be prepared for how to act in case you find yourself in any of the following situations.
Knocked out tooth
Following a tooth being knocked out, the first thing you should do is locate and pick up the tooth, avoiding touching the root as much as possible. Next, rinse the tooth off with water, contact lens solution, or milk. If none of these are available, do not wipe the tooth off with a shirt or handkerchief, as doing so can cause additional damage. Next, place the tooth in a container of milk, water, or your own saliva if possible. If a container is not available, try placing the tooth back in the mouth, unless the pain of doing so is too intense. Once you have done so, contact our office as soon as possible. If you are seen quickly enough, there is a good chance your tooth can be saved.
Partially dislodged tooth
A tooth that has become partially dislodged can generally be saved and does not typically require emergency care, provided it is not broken and the blood vessels and nerve are still attached. Although an extruded tooth does not typically require emergency care, it is important to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Whether or not emergency care is necessary following a tooth becoming cracked, chipped, or broken will depend upon the severity of the crack, chip, or break, and the level of pain you are experiencing. Patients can typically avoid emergency care so long as they avoid hot or cold food and beverages, chewing where the tooth has become damaged, and with over-the-counter pain relief medication. If the pain continues to increase or becomes unbearable, seek emergency care.
Lost filling or crown
Fillings and crowns may fall out for a variety of reasons, but do not typically require immediate emergency intervention. If your filling or crown has fallen out, is important to schedule an appointment to have them corrected as soon as possible and identify and correct the underlying issue. If there is pain associated with the lost filling or crown that continues to increase or becomes unbearable, seek emergency care.
A tooth that has become injured due to physical trauma may or may not require emergency care. If possible, try to manage the pain with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Advil, and avoid chewing on the tooth that has been injured until you can be seen. If the pain continues to increase or becomes unbearable, seek emergency care.
If possible, it is best to avoid having emergency dental care, but if you are experiencing pain that seems to be getting worse and is significantly impacting your quality of life, it is probably best to seek emergency dental care.
Cost of Emgergency Dentist
At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require. Although there are typically higher costs associated with having emergency dental care performed (especially if performed at a hospital), it is important to remember that your health is the most important thing, and avoiding treatment will likely result in your situation worsening, resulting in increased costs in the long run.
If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.
Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.
Periodontal Care You Can Trust at Featherstone
At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing high-quality care and supporting your efforts to enjoy good periodontal health by identifying and correcting periodontal issues early, and implementing correct and consistent oral health self-care. Although we offer a range of surgical treatment options for periodontal disease and its associated health and cosmetic impacts, our primary focus is to provide conservative treatment, avoiding surgery whenever possible.
If you require emergency care or have any questions concerning what to do in an emergency situation or our clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.