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Abscess Treatment
An abscess is a collection of pus that has accumulated caused by bacteria or parasites or other foreign materials. It is a defensive reaction of the tissue to prevent the spread of infectious materials to other parts of the body. The abscess is inspected to identify if foreign objects are a cause, requiring surgical removal. Abscesses in most parts of the body rarely heal themselves, so prompt medical attention is indicated at the first suspicion of an abscess.

Toothache Pain Relief
Severe toothache pain is definitely a dental emergency! An oral examination often accompanied by X-rays will discover the cause. In most cases toothaches are caused by problems in the tooth or jaw, such as cavities, tooth rot, gum disease, the emergence of wisdom teeth, a cracked tooth, jaw disease, or exposed tooth rot.

Emergency Extractions
A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Immediate persistent pain as the result of tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration is the most frequent indication for extraction of teeth. Even if there is no pain, it is often desirable to remove the tooth for aesthetic reasons. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.

Crown Replacement or Repair
A crown, or full-coverage restoration (sometimes incorrectly called a cap) is a prosthetic tooth. A damaged tooth may be difficult or impossible to restore to correct form and function using a direct dental restorative material. In such cases, we produce a customized tooth shape in the chosen material that will fit the damaged tooth exactly, somewhat like a thimble fits over a finger to protect it.

Crowns can also be used to support bridgework which replaces missing teeth adjacent to the crowned teeth and may be required in cases of very severe staining or where the visible form of teeth need to be realigned without the use of orthodontics.

Surgical Root Canal Treatment
Surgical root canal treatments serve to cure an infection of the root canal which - if left untreated - can result in a serious jaw infection. To cure the infection and save the tooth, it is necessary to drill into the pulp chamber, and remove the infected pulp by scraping it out of the root canals and then filling the cavity with an inert material and sealing up the opening. If enough of the tooth has been damaged, or removed as a result of the treatment, a crown may be required.

Emergency Dentist Frequently Asked Questions

Do you also do non-emergent dentistry?
Yes! Beyond being here for your emergeny needs, we are capable of meeting all your dental needs, whether they be emergency-related, cosmetic or if you simply want to schedule a check-up.

Are you really open all the time?
Yes! If your pain is unbearable we will always make an appointment right away so you can get beyond the pain. If we determine the pain is persistent but bearable, we will schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.

What if I don't have inurance or I can't pay right away?
Our first concern is taking care of your pain. We have payment options that you can read about in our patient info section.

Do you make house calls?
No, we do not make house calls. All appointments are in a dentist's office.

I don't have insurance - can i still be a patient?
Dental insurance is not the same as medical insurance. The cost for any procedure is the same, with or without insurance. Please, do not stay away because you don't have insurance. In other words, a $50 procedure is $50 with or without insurance.

My toothache feels like it is going up into my head - am i going to die?
If you have a bad toothache, it is wise to go to the dentist rather than asking friends, neighbors, coworkers, and our live representatives if you are going to die.

Do you take checks?
We discourage checks because all too often the checks bounce. That is not to say that everyone who uses checks does so for the wrong reasons. Our advice is to cash the check on the way to your dental appointment, if possible.

Do you take walk-ins?
Although there are a few exceptions, most of our offices do not accept walk-ins. Therefore, it is always best to call first and schedule an appointment. Although we have dentists on call 24 hours a day, they are not necessarily waiting in their office.

You say you are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - what about 3AM on New Year's Eve?
24/7/365 means just that. We are always on call to address your dental problem. All it takes is a phone call with one our skilled medically trained live operators who will assess your problem and set up an immediate appointment.

Are these real dentists?
All of our dentists are, of course, highly credentialed dental professionals. No dentist is invited to join the practice without first passing our rigorous standards of excellence in dentistry. No, we don;t use patients to test our dental abilities - we let them practice on our staff......just kidding.

Why don't you take my insurance? If you don't take it, why not?
All ED24/7 dentists are privately owned, independent practices. The practice decides which insurance companies with which they participate. Your insurance provider is required to give you a list of its participating dental practices.

How much does it cost to have a tooth pulled?
Because no two teeth are alike, we cannot assess your dental issue before seeing you in person, and therefore cannot quote prices for extractions. Patients often shop around for the best price, and the is expected. Remember when comparing prices to be sure to ask if all fees are included; x-rays, novacaine, sedation, follow-up visits, etc.. In some cases you will find that when you add up all of the extra charges, the seemingly cheapest extraction will turn out to be the most expensive!

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