Whether you’re experiencing a severe toothache or you recently had a bad fall while playing sports, you’re far more likely to be thinking of ways to get yourself out of pain and less about what paying for your treatment is going to be like. At Preston Bend Dental, our goal is to get you out of discomfort as soon as possible and put you on the path towards treatment. Furthermore, we want to make paying for your emergency care as simple as possible. With that said, there are important factors to keep in mind as the cost of your care can fluctuate based on your specific needs. Call our office and we’ll help you determine which treatment is best for you.
One of the most important factors to keep in mind when understanding the cost of dental emergencies is that the type and severity of your emergency will dramatically influence your cost. For example, if you only have a minor toothache that requires removing tooth decay and placing a dental filling, not only can you expect to pay less, but your dental insurance is more likely to offer additional coverage in the process. In contrast, more involved treatments like root canal therapy may involve more complex treatment to complete, including a fully customized dental crown and more invasive oral surgery.
Dental emergencies are not like other typical medical problems you might experience, such as a cold or a papercut. While both of these issues will generally get better on their own over time, dental emergencies are far more likely to get worse. For example, a toothache can turn into an oral infection. A small chip or crack in a tooth can easily leave the tooth exposed by bacteria, increasing the need for a root canal rather than a simple dental filing or crown. Furthermore, at-home remedies may alleviate some discomfort, but never actually remove it entirely. Instead of delaying your care and needing more expensive treatment later, now is the best time to get seen by our office.
Dental emergencies generally do receive coverage by insurance, but it’s often less so compared to preventive forms of care like cleanings and exams. However, if an X-ray is needed for your issue and you have not yet had one performed that year, you may receive more coverage compared to if you did have an X-ray performed. The only way to truly determine if your emergency is covered is to get seen by a dentist. During your emergency exam, they can confirm which treatments need to be performed and discuss your insurance benefits moving forward. Even if your insurance does not cover the entire cost of your care, our office is happy to offer third-party, interest-free financing to make paying for treatment easier and more affordable.