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Emergency Dentist – Deer Park, TX 

Fast Solutions for
Toothaches & Mouth Pain

Pained man needs to visit his Deer Park emergency dentist

Broken teeth and severe oral pain usually require immediate attention. Dr. Mosley and the rest of our team at Deer Park Dental - Gregg Mosley, DDS will make arrangements to bring you into our dental office as soon as possible so that we can get started on developing your treatment plan. Your smile will be in the capable hands of a dentist that has been serving Deer Park for nearly 30 years. As soon as you notice that something is wrong in your mouth, get in touch with us immediately for emergency dentistry in Deer Park, TX!

Why Choose Deer Park Dental for Emergency Dental Care?

  • Dental Insurance Welcome & Flexible Dental Financing Available
  • Same-Day Appointments for Emergency Patients
  • Sedation Dentistry & Advanced Technology for Optimal Care

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Woman with toothache calling her emergency dentist

Dental emergencies are almost always sudden and unexpected, which leaves many patients unprepared for them. It’s important that you know what to do if you need urgent dental care so you can act quickly and correctly. If you have a dental emergency, here’s what you need to do:

  • Step 1: Call Us: Give us a call right away so we can schedule your appointment as quickly as possible, hopefully within the very same day. We’ll also give you first-aid instructions on how to manage your situation until you can reach our office.
  • Step 2: Your Emergency Exam: Your Deer Park emergency dentist Gregg Mosley will give you an emergency exam when you arrive. He’ll look at your mouth and take any necessary X-rays to learn more about the source and extent of the issue you’re facing.
  • Step 3: Make a Treatment Plan: Mosley will then go over his findings with you and explain which treatment he recommends. You’ll always know the details of your treatment before we begin, including the expected length and cost.
  • Step 4: Repair Your Smile: As soon as you’ve created a treatment plan with Dr. Mosley, we’ll get to work right away to relieve your pain and preserve your smile.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

There are many different kinds of emergencies – some are caused by poor brushing and flossing while others happen suddenly due to trauma. Knowing what signs and symptoms qualify as a dental emergency will let you prevent the damage from getting worse while also keeping yourself as comfortable as possible. Below are some of the most common dental emergencies we treat.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies 

man shaking hands with his emergency dentist

When a dental emergency strikes out of nowhere, your first thought is typically something like, “This hurts so badly and I need help.” Your second thought, however, is probably something more along the lines of, “It’s going to cost a lot of money to treat this, isn’t it?” Many people even avoid getting the urgent care their smile needs because they’re worried about the price, but you should never put off emergency treatment. So how much does emergency dental care in Deer Park cost?

The answer varies. Obviously, the price of receiving a filling or a dental crown will be very different than the price of root canal therapy or a tooth extraction. Our friendly team will work with you to figure out the cost of your treatment. Remember that your dental insurance can help you pay for many kinds of emergency treatment; we are in network with Delta Dental and SunLife, but we can help you file a claim for a different insurance company as well.

Types of Dental Emergencies

Pained woman with dental emergency

It should go without saying that the primary factor influencing the cost of emergency treatment is the specific nature of your emergency. For example, a simple prescription of antibiotics will cost significantly less than a more extensive procedure such as tooth extraction and replacement. There’s no way to definitively know how much your care will cost until Dr. Mosely evaluates your situation and discusses your treatment options with you. Before beginning any treatment, our team will be sure to go over the pros, cons, and prices of various options with you so that you can make the best decision in regard to your oral health.

How Long Can I Put Off Emergency Treatment?

Man with a toothache who needs to visit his emergency dentist

Seeking emergency care as soon as possible is undoubtedly worth it. Putting off treatment will only make the issue worse in the long run. The worse your problem is, the more invasive and expensive treatment you’ll require. To minimize the amount that you’ll end up paying for your care, call our office soon after the emergency arises.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Emergency Care?

Dental insurance paperwork for the cost of dental emergencies

Every individual policy varies, but most dental insurance companies are willing to cover at least a portion of the cost of emergency care. Here at Deer Park Dental, we are in-network with Delta Dental and SunLife, but we’re also happy to accept all PPO plans and file claims on your behalf to maximize your available benefits.

If you don’t have dental insurance, we can help you apply for a loan with CareCredit. This third-party financing company breaks up the cost of your treatment into monthly installments with low interest rates that can fit into practically any budget.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Smiling woman flosses to prevent dental emergencies

It’s impossible to completely avoid the risk of an oral injury or infection, but there are several ways to make an emergency much less likely to occur:

  • Be careful what you bite down on. Peppermints, ice, fingernails, pen tips, and other hard objects can wear down or even fracture teeth.
  • Wear a mouthguard when playing any kind of sport.
  • Ask your dentist about nightguards that can prevent your teeth from grinding together while you’re asleep.
  • Brush and floss at least two times every day (or ideally after every meal).
  • Make sure you visit our dental office in Deer Park at least every six months for cleanings and checkups.

Dental Emergency FAQ’s 

Man with orange question mark wonders about dental emergencies

Do you have questions about emergency dentistry? Should a problem like a broken tooth or sudden toothache occur, the right information can help you stay calm and collected during this potentially scary situation. That’s why we’ve decided to answer some of our most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies for your benefit. Keep reading to learn more about these kinds of dental problems so that you and your loved ones can be better prepared.

When Should I Go to the Dentist vs the Hospital?

Dr. Mosley, your trusted emergency dentist, is skilled in a variety of treatments, including those related to urgent dental issues like a knocked-out tooth. Most hospitals don’t have a dentist on staff, so they don’t possess the required training and equipment to deal with dental emergencies. You should only visit your local ER for your dental problem as a last resort, such as if you have swelling that impacts your ability to breathe or swallow, profuse bleeding that lasts longer than 15 minutes, or a broken or dislocated jaw.

Why Does Putting a Knocked-Out Tooth in Milk Help?

If you cannot place your dislodged tooth back in its socket, we highly recommend storing it in a container full of milk until you can reach our dental office. Why? It is significantly easier to reattach a knocked-out tooth if the roots have been kept moist. While storing a tooth in water can actually harm it, milk is chock full of proteins that stimulate the growth of new tooth root cells and prevents the roots from swelling or becoming damaged even further.

How Can I Prepare for a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies typically happen when you least expect them. While you can’t always prepare for the unexpected, you can make the situation a little easier ahead of time by creating a dental emergency kit with the following items:

  • Piece of paper with our contact information
  • Small container with a secure lid
  • Small bottle of acetaminophen
  • Gauze
  • Handkerchief

Can Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers Help with Dental Pain?

Yes, store-bought pain relievers can help to temporarily alleviate the discomfort caused by certain dental emergencies. However, just because you are able to relieve the pain doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also seek treatment from your emergency dentist to address the root of the problem and prevent your pain from making a resurgence.

If you are bleeding inside your mouth, we suggest taking acetaminophen. Why? Both ibuprofen and aspirin thin out your blood, so these medications can result in even more profuse bleeding.

If you have a toothache, do NOT place aspirin directly on the sore tooth. Doing so can irritate the site, ultimately worsening your pain.