Emergency Dentistry – Bellevue, WA
We Treat Dental Injuries & Pain Fast
By nature, dental emergencies never seem to happen at a convenient time. On the contrary, they tend to strike when patients and their families are least expecting it, which can lead to anxiety and even panic. Thankfully, having a trusted dental team in your corner can make a world of difference in these situations. At Bellevue Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we can address serious oral pain, injuries, and infections with a capable touch, helping you return to your routine and your confident smile as soon as possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, whether you’re a current patient or brand-new to our dental office!
Unparalleled Experience & Qualifications
Dr. Preet has been working in the dental field for over 15 years, and her empathetic, patient-focused approach is the ideal fit for dental emergency situations. She also regularly attends continuing education courses in order to advance her skills to new heights.
She and the rest of our team will accommodate your emergency as soon as possible following your initial call – in most cases, we can even fit you in on the very same day for effective, pain-relieving care so that you’re never left waiting for much-needed relief.
Have you chipped, cracked, or even knocked out a natural tooth? These are serious injuries that can have immediate consequences for your oral health and sense of wellbeing, especially if they happen right in the middle of a busy schedule. Here in Bellevue, we’ll want to address the matter with restorative services that help to rebuild the tooth’s natural structure, such as a custom-made dental crown or filling. If the natural tooth is entirely lost, we can start planning for a seamless replacement that matches your personal budget and preferences right away.
Dental Emergencies Due to Oral Care Neglect
If you are experiencing an excessive amount of pain, sensitivity, or tenderness in a specific area of the mouth, an advanced oral infection may be to blame. When “toothaches” first arise, we advise patients to try flossing and rinsing their mouth in order to rule out the possibility that a stray piece of food or other foreign debris may be causing the discomfort. However, if the pain persists or worsens, please don’t wait to contact our office for further assistance. Root canal therapy is the most likely solution for revitalizing the tooth’s health and helping it stay a stable, healthy part of your smile.
Most patients cringe when they hear the words “root canal,” but you’ll be glad to know that this procedure’s bad reputation is greatly exaggerated. The pain people associate with it is actually caused by the tooth infection it’s designed to treat, not the service itself! Dr. Preet will carefully access the tooth’s inner chamber and remove diseased pulp and bacteria with special instruments. Once the canal(s) have been thoroughly cleaned, she will fill the space with a safe substitute that’s fully biocompatible before sealing the tooth to prevent further damage. As a final touch, we will outfit the tooth with a brand-new restoration to replenish its function and shape.
Ideally, we want to help every patient enjoy their complete, confident smile for life. Unfortunately, this goal isn’t always feasible, especially when traumatic injuries have occurred. Here in Bellevue, we will prioritize your comfort throughout every stage of the extraction procedure, providing nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) as needed for a calming aid. Once the tooth or teeth are safely removed, we can start working towards the ideal replacement, whether it’s state-of-the-art dental implants or a reliable denture.
Cost of Dental Emergencies in Bellevue
The cost of treating a dental emergency varies from case to case and depends on numerous factors, including the type of treatment that is necessary. Our team wants to help you afford your care, so we welcome insurance and accept financing. We even offer a FREE emergency exam to family members of our existing patients. We will strive to get you out of pain as quickly as possible at a reasonable price so you can get back to enjoying your life without worrying about the financial aspects of visiting an emergency dentist in Bellevue.
What Factors Influence the Cost of Emergency Care?
As noted above, the type of treatment you receive will be a big factor in determining cost. Some patients might need a relatively simple procedure, while others require a more complex, higher-priced treatment. We will clearly explain your treatment options and give you candid estimates before you commit to anything.
Additional factors that affect cost include:
- Many patients prefer to be sedated during treatment, which can add to their total bill.
- Insurance coverage. Most PPO insurance plans cover 50% - 80% of the cost of procedures that are involved in emergency care, up to the amount of a plan’s annual maximum.
- It is normal for dentists to set prices according to the cost of living in their neighborhood. The prices we charge are accessible for most families in the Bellevue-Redmond area.
Your Financial Options
As an insurance-friendly practice, we are in-network with several major plans, including Delta, Premera, MetLife, Cigna, and many more. Even if we are not in your policy’s network, we will still file your claims and do all we can to help you maximize your benefits and minimize your out of pocket costs.
If you would like to break up the cost of your treatment into monthly installments, you may be eligible for CareCredit. CareCredit is a third-party lender that offers low-interest and no-interest payment plans for practically all types of dental and medical treatment.
The Importance of Seeking Care
Some patients hesitate to visit a dentist in Bellevue even when they are experiencing pain because they are worried about how much their treatment will cost. That is understandable, but if you unnecessarily delay treatment, you will probably end up paying more in the long run. That’s because oral problems do not go away on their own. The longer you postpone your dental visit, the more your condition may deteriorate — and the more it will cost to treat.
For example, if you have a nagging toothache, it is possible that you have a cavity that needs to be filled. If the decay is allowed to worsen, a filling might no longer be an adequate treatment. You might need root canal therapy and a crown. In a worst case scenario, you could need an extraction followed later by tooth replacement. Really, it is in the best interests of both your budget and your oral health if you contact us as soon as you feel that there is something off with your oral health.
Dental Emergency FAQs – Bellevue, WA
At Bellevue Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we sincerely hope that you never have to deal with a dental emergency. But if you or a loved one experiences tooth pain of any kind, you can rest easy knowing that we’re here for you! Our outstanding team is not only caring and compassionate but also has the experience to handle every type of emergency. Below, we’ve compiled answers to several common FAQs. But if you ever need an emergency dentist or have any questions, feel free to contact us anytime. We’re always just a phone call away!
What’s Considered a True Dental Emergency?
It’s not always easy to tell if you should call us or not. Here are some examples of true emergencies that need to be addressed as soon as possible:
- You have moderate to heavy bleeding.
- You have pain that’s preventing you from eating, sleeping or working.
- You've knocked out a tooth.
- You’ve broken a tooth or any existing dental work
- Your lip or cheek is swollen or you have a pimple-like bump on your gums. These are often signs of an infection that needs to be treated right away.
What Happens If I Wait To Get Emergency Care?
Dental problems and emergencies don’t get better on their own, so the sooner you see us, the better. By waiting, you risk more pain and damage to your teeth. Also, some situations are especially time-dependent, such as a knocked-out tooth. If we can see you within an hour, we’ll have a much better chance of saving it. If not, the tooth is more likely to be lost and eventually need to be replaced with a bridge, dental implant, etc.
Will I Need a Root Canal?
It depends on the location and extent of damage to your tooth. Each tooth has three layers (enamel, dentin, and pulp). The nerve is located in the pulp, which is the innermost layer. If you have a deep cavity, crack or fracture, or multiple fillings on the same tooth, the nerve usually becomes infected, which can only be treated by doing a root canal or extracting the tooth.
When you have a toothache, Dr. Taneja will start with an examination that includes diagnostic X-rays to see if there’s an infection present. Then she’ll discuss her findings and recommend the best type of treatment, which may be a root canal or another procedure.
Can I Take Pain Medication For a Toothache at Home?
After calling us to make an appointment, it’s fine to take over-the-counter pain reliever as directed to stay comfortable until your visit. Ibuprofen is usually a good choice for dental pain. However, Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs like aspirin and naproxen thin your blood and can interfere with clotting. If you’re experiencing bleeding or already take a prescription blood-thinner like Warfarin, you can take Tylenol (acetaminophen) instead.