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Emergency Dentist — Louisville, KY

Call Us First When a Dental Emergency Strikes

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No matter how careful you are, emergencies can happen at any time. Despite this, you can take solace in the fact that if you experience one, you can simply call 911 and someone will take care of you. However, if this emergency concerns your teeth and gums, calling 911 isn’t the best thing for you to do. Dr. Patrick Carroll and Dr. Deborah Shoemaker are specially trained to handle dental emergency situations, so when you need dental care fast, they’re the doctors you can trust. Hopefully you never have to deal with a dental emergency, but if you do, you now have a plan, and that is to call Exceptional Dentistry . We’ll always be there for you when you really need us!

Why Choose Exceptional Dentistry for Emergency Dental Care?

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How We Treat Dental Emergencies

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

When you’ve injured or broken your teeth, your first call should always be to Exceptional Dentistry. Our office has the personnel, the training, and the equipment needed to perform urgent dental care, which are things you simply won’t find in most emergency rooms/clinics. Often, these places will just send you to a dental practice anyway! In the following situations below, be sure to stop whatever you’re doing and call us immediately to set up an appointment.

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Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry

Are you curious about the cost of emergency dentistry in Louisville? You’re in the right place! For any specific concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team. Until then, we’ve included some important information about emergency dentistry and pricing. No two issues are the same, however there are some factors that contribute to the cost of your dental emergency. Read on to learn more!

Every Dental Emergency is Different

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The average emergency dental visit is relatively inexpensive. During this appointment, we will carefully look over your medical history and examine your smile to determine the root of the problem. It’s difficult to predict the cost of your dental emergency until we find out exactly what’s causing it. We offer a wide range of treatment options for emergencies, including:

  • Root canal therapy
  • Tooth extractions
  • Dental crowns
  • TMJ treatment
  • And more

We will always let you know the costs associated with the treatments that we recommend so you have peace of mind going into your emergency dental visit. 

Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money

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Many dental emergencies are unavoidable accidents, however a lot of these urgent situations occur due to unchecked infection and damage. By spending a little time and money on biannual dental appointments, plus taking care of your own smile at home, you can potentially save yourself thousands of dollars in the future.

As soon as you become aware of a dental problem, contact our emergency dentist in Louisville right away. If you are concerned about the cost of your emergency, remember that the issue will only get more extensive and expensive with time. For example, a toothache that may require simple dental fillings can turn into a root canal or necessary extraction if it isn’t addressed.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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Typically, most dental insurances offer some form of coverage for emergencies. You can usually expect 50% to 80% coverage for the common treatments associated with urgent dental problems like root canal therapy, tooth extraction, and more. Also, your provider will likely cover at least one yearly emergency exam. That said, every plan is different, which is why we recommend speaking with your insurance. We are always happy to communicate with your provider directly to maximize any benefits that you have.

Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable

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If you don’t have insurance, there is no need to worry. We accept flexible payment options to make your emergency dental care as affordable as possible. By partnering with CareCredit, we provide cost-effective payment plans. With this option, you would simply choose the monthly payment that fits your budget. The best part is that this financing comes with low-to-no interest, giving you the ability to get the quality care you deserve at a price that won’t break the bank. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at Exceptional Dentistry if you have any questions!

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How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Preventing dental emergencies is not always possible, but the good news is that in most cases, they can be avoided. With a few simple habits you can prevent emergency dental appointments and the cost associated with them. A few tips to keep in mind include brushing and flossing every day, wearing a mouthguard when playing contact sports, visiting the dentist every six months, eating a healthy diet, and never using your teeth as a tool!

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Dental Emergency FAQ’s

Dental emergencies aren’t something that most people deal with very often, so having additional questions is understandable. Dr. Carroll and Dr. Shoemaker have many years of experience providing emergency dentistry in Louisville and have put together answers to the most common FAQ’s they hear below. But don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re unsure about anything else. We’re always just a phone call away!

Can I Wait to Get an Emergency Treatment?

In nearly every kind of emergency, you’re putting yourself at risk of further pain, damage, and other complications by waiting to come in. One exception might be a chipped or broken tooth that isn’t accompanied by pain. However, even in this situation, your tooth is weaker and more susceptible to breaking again, which could lead to an extraction, so it’s best to be treated as soon as possible.

What If I Have an Emergency Over the Weekend?

Emergencies can strike at any time, but no matter when you find yourself in need of care, start by giving us a call. Our voicemail gives you an option for reaching both Dr. Carroll and Dr. Shoemaker outside of office hours.

If you feel that you can wait until the next business day or you simply have a question, leave us a message. Our front office staff always checks voicemail first thing in the morning and will get back to you right away.

When Should I Go to the Hospital?

As an emergency dentist in Louisville, we can treat you in most scenarios but there are certain injuries that require medical attention first. In these cases, go to the nearest urgent care center or hospital and then call us soon after for any dental work that needs to be done:

  • A broken jaw
  • You have facial swelling or a severe toothache and you can’t make it to our office within a few hours
  • Bleeding that won’t stop after applying pressure for 15 minutes
  • Large cuts or lacerations that may need stitches
  • If you’ve knocked out a tooth and can’t see us within an hour

My Toothache Went Away. Do I Still Need to Come In?

Yes. When a tooth’s nerve becomes infected from a large cavity, it results in a toothache. In some cases, the nerve dies before you can come in and the pain subsides. Many people think the problem has taken care of itself, but the infection is still there and can spread to other areas of the body and become dangerous if it’s not treated.