By Susan Braden
Dental insurance can often help in the case of an unexpected tooth problem. It depends completely on the insurance company as to what procedures it will cover, but it is helpful to know what constitutes an emergency. Some discount dental plans may cover more situations than insurance, but it is entirely up to the provider.
Most dentists set aside time in their schedules so that they can be available in case of emergency. Seeing a cheap dentist within 30 minutes of an oral accident is ideal. Keep your dentist’s after-hours contact information in a convenient place so that you can access it in a pinch.
But you don’t want to call your dentist at 11 p.m. only to find out that your situation is not actually an emergency. Here are some injuries that qualify as emergencies:
An oral emergency could be defined as any problem requiring immediate attention to save a tooth, ease severe pain or stop continual bleeding inside the mouth. It may be helpful to investigate dental insurance companies or a discount plan, an alternative to dental insurance, which can help cover costs immediately in case of an unexpected situation.
On a smaller scale, you may want to keep a dental aid kit nearby containing gauze, acetaminophen (ibuprofen or aspirin can cause excess bleeding), a small container with a lid and your dentist’s contact information. The important thing is to get treatment as quickly as possible.