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Emergency Dentist – Plano, TX 

Call Us Today If Your
Teeth Are Hurting

Woman with healthy smile after emergency dentistry

When a dental emergency strikes, you’ll know by the pain or the damage to your mouth that you need a professional’s help as soon as possible. Our team at Vitality Dentistry will arrange for you to see Dr. Kung at the earliest possible convenience – ideally on the same day. With our various forms of sedation and comfort, we can help you calm down and relax as much as possible while doing everything we can to restore your smile. Plus, with our advanced safety protocols in place, you can rest assured knowing that our office always has been and always will be safe, clean, and healthy.  Call us as today if your teeth are hurting!

Why Choose Vitality Dental Plano for Emergency Dental Care?

  • Calming Sedation Available for Comfortable Treatment
  • Expert Dentist Who Performs a Wide Variety of Services
  • Safe, Relaxing Dental Office & Friendly Team

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

Plano emergency dentist examining patient with toothache in Plano

As frightening and stressful as a dental emergency is, you’ll need to act to take control of the situation rather quickly if you don’t want to risk worse damage. The first thing you should do is give our office a call. From there, here’s how you can expect us to treat your dental emergency:

  • Schedule your same-day emergency appointment: We’ll schedule your emergency appointment with Dr. Kung as soon as possible, often within the same day. Then, we’ll give you first aid instructions to use until you can reach our office.
  • Your emergency exam with Dr. Kung: When you arrive, Your Plano emergency dentist Dr. Kung will inspect your smile and take any necessary X-rays to learn more about your emergency.
  • Review your treatment options: Once Dr. Kung has narrowed down the underlying issue and the best ways to treat it, he’ll review all his findings with you and fully explain your options.
  • Repair your smile: Kung will help you choose the treatment that’s best for you, and then we’ll begin working on your smile to get you out of pain and preserve your natural teeth. If you’re nervous or otherwise very uncomfortable in the dental chair, we have calming sedation options to help you sit back and relax while we get your oral health back on track.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Is your smile hurting? Are you experiencing new or concerning dental symptoms? If so, then you should give us a call right away, even if you’re unsure if you need emergency care. Over the phone, we’ll listen to your symptoms carefully and determine how quickly you need to be seen. Dental emergencies can come in many forms, and leaving them untreated can often lead to more damage, discomfort, and sometimes even tooth loss. If you have any of the following, give us a call immediately.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies 

Man and dentist discussing how to pay for dental emergencies in Plano

It’s important to note that there isn’t really a way to give a general price range ahead of time when it comes to emergency dental treatments. Some cases are relatively simple and might only require a filling or antibiotics; in other cases, multiple teeth might need to be repaired or replaced. The cost of your emergency dental care in Plano will depend entirely on the type of treatment you need. During your emergency appointment, we’ll figure out what kind of services you need, and we can give you a more specific estimate of the final price once a treatment plan is made.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Older woman brushing her teeth to prevent dental emergencies in Plano

Since there are various ways a dental emergency occurs, you can’t entirely avoid the risk of one occurring. Nevertheless, you can keep your teeth and gums significantly safer by:

  • Brushing at least two times every day with fluoride-based toothpaste
  • Flossing on a regular basis
  • Always using scissors to open packages – not your teeth
  • Avoiding ice, popcorn kernels, hard candy, and other foods known to crack teeth
  • Getting a mouthguard for playing sports
  • Visiting Dr. Kung for checkups and cleanings twice a year

Dental Emergency FAQ’s 

Woman with toothache in Plano wondering about emergency dentistry in Plano

We hope that you never experience a dental emergency. Nonetheless, we want you to be as prepared as possible in the even that one of these scary situations strikes. For your convenience, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about urgent dental care below so you can learn more. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, please feel free to reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help. 

Should I Go to the ER for a Dental Emergency?

If you are experiencing a jaw fracture or dislocation, uncontrollable bleeding from the mouth, or swelling in your mouth that’s making it difficult to swallow or breathe, go directly to your local emergency room. For all other dental emergencies, you’re better off scheduling an appointment with our team at Vitality Dental Plano. By choosing to see an emergency dentist instead of visiting the ER, you will be seen by someone who already knows your oral and overall health history, and you’ll avoid countless hours of waiting. Plus, most ERs don’t have the necessary staff or equipment to fully treat dental emergencies.

My Chipped Tooth Doesn’t Hurt. Do I Still Need to Visit?

Although pain is a possible symptom that comes with a chipped tooth, it is not always the case. It is best to make an appointment to see us when you accidentally chip a tooth, but if the pain is not present, you can wait maybe 1-2 days before getting in to see our team. The reason for the visit, however, is to ensure that there are no problems developing in areas unseen by the naked eye. Oftentimes, the injury can cause greater damage to the interior of the tooth, but you may not realize it until you’re seen by an expert.

What Should I Keep In My Emergency Dentistry Kit?

Some of the best items you can keep in an emergency dentistry kit include:

  • Cotton balls
  • Floss
  • Ice pack
  • Topical anesthetic
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Denture adhesive
  • Small container or box for teeth or restorations
  • Gauze pads
  • Sterile gloves
  • Dental cement
  • Petroleum jelly

By staying stocked up on these items, you will be better prepared should a dental emergency in Plano occur. Of course, it is equally as helpful to know how to use these particular items, which our team will be happy to assist with when calling to alert us to the situation.

What Is Causing My Jaw Pain?

Unless you’ve experienced a broken or fractured jaw, most of the pain you’re feeling is likely the result of serious teeth grinding or clenching. Otherwise known as bruxism, it is a common condition experienced by children, teens, and adults. Grinding your teeth at night puts extra pressure on your jaw joints, causing pain and discomfort. However, the pain you’re experiencing can also be the result of arthritis or jaw injuries that never healed properly. If you notice that your jaw is misaligned, it is best to come in and have our team check to see if you have TMJ disorder (TMD), which is a condition that negatively impacts your jaw joints that connect to the skull. If so, your dentist Dr. Kung can easily diagnose the problem and provide a personalized treatment plan to improve your symptoms and quality of life.