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Emergency Dentist — Big Pine Key, FL

Get Emergency Dental Treatment Fast!

It’s almost impossible to predict a dental emergency, but when it does happen, you want to be able to visit a dentist who has your needs in mind. Whether you’re experiencing a bad toothache caused by untreated tooth decay or you’ve sustained a broken tooth after playing a contact sport without the right protective gear, Dr. Cobb wants you to know that she has a plan to get you out of discomfort fast. Call our dental office for emergency dentistry in Big Pine Key, FL today!

Why Choose Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry of the Keys for Emergency Dental Care?

  • Multiple Forms of Sedation Available for Nervous Patients
  • Honest Dentist Dedicated to Recommending Only What You Need
  • Advanced Technology That Improves Your Dental Care Experience

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

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  • When a dental emergency strikes, one of the first things you should do is call our dental office so that we can schedule you for an appointment as soon as possible. The sooner you get to our dental office, the more effectively we can address your issue and get you out of discomfort. Our team members are experts in providing emergency care tips, regardless of the type of emergency you’re experiencing.
  • After you arrive, Dr. Cobb will perform a detailed oral exam to confirm what type of emergency you’re dealing with and how to get you out of discomfort. X-rays may be captured as well to pinpoint the exact location of the problem.
  • Cobb will then go over her findings with you and devise a treatment plan personalized to your needs. She’ll also break down the costs and estimated length of treatment so you can make an informed decision on your care before committing to it.
  • Our team will work quickly to begin your treatment soon after, whether that’s through dental fillings, crowns, root canal therapy, tooth extractions, or another service if necessary.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

The sooner you get to our dental office, the more effectively we can address your issue and get you out of discomfort. With that said, there are ways to manage your emergency ahead of your appointment. Prior to your visit, here’s what you can do to improve your situation.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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The only way to know for sure how much your emergency dental treatment will cost is to speak with a dentist directly and have them examine your specific condition. Treatments can vary in cost depending on how extensive your care needs to be. For example, if your toothache is caused by simple decay, we’ll remove the infection and restore your tooth with a filling or crown. However, decay that reaches into the root may require more extensive care and therefore higher costs. Either way, the cost of treating your issue only goes up the longer you wait to address the problem, and Dr. Cobb and her team are prepared to help you work out a treatment plan that you can afford.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Most dental emergencies can be prevented when you take the time to practice a few key preventive tips. To start, you should always brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, and visit Dr. Cobb for routine checkups and cleanings. These habits help you catch dental problems before they turn into dental emergencies as well as keep plaque and tartar production at bay. Additionally, you should always avoid chewing on ice or inedible objects which can easily cause a tooth to crack or chip. Read on as we cover in detail the five best ways to prevent dental emergencies in Big Pine Key.

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Visit Your Dentist Regularly

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The American Dental Association recommends getting a dental checkup and cleaning every six months, and we heartily agree! These quick and simple routine visits give us a chance to monitor your oral health and spot the earliest warning signs of potential problems. This way, we can treat them long before they become a dental emergency! Better yet, with regular dental checkups, we aim to keep problems like these from developing in the first place.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits at Home

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Between your biannual dental checkups, your first line of defense against dental emergencies is your at-home oral hygiene routine. Studies show that an overwhelming majority of toothaches that cause patients to seek emergency care from a dentist or ER are caused by easily preventable decay. Make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing every day, and routinely rinsing with mouthwash.

Be Careful With Your Diet

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You already know that eating too many sugary snacks can lead to cavities. But did you know that too many cavities can lead to dental infections and dental emergencies? Soda, energy drinks, and other highly acidic beverages are notorious for weakening teeth and hard foods like popcorn kernels and nuts can easily crack your teeth. Make sure to limit these dangerous foods and eat plenty of items with calcium and vitamin C to keep your teeth and gums strong.

Wear a Mouthguard

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An athletic mouthguard is an essential piece of safety equipment for anyone who enjoys being active. Not only do they dramatically lower your risk of chipped, broken, and knocked-out teeth, but they may be able to lower your risk of a concussion as well. Similarly, grinding your teeth every night will weaken them and can cause them to crack. Thankfully, to combat both of these forces, we offer custom-made athletic mouthguards and nightguards for bruxism to keep your smile safe while you play and sleep.

Use Tools, Not Teeth to Open Packaging

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Your teeth are very strong, but they’re not indestructible. You shouldn’t use them for anything besides eating your food. Using your teeth as tools to open bottles, hold bags, rip packaging, or cut your fingernails may seem convenient in the moment, but can leave you with a chipped or broken tooth in the blink of an eye! Always keep the right tools somewhere they can be easily accessed so you’re not tempted to put your smile in danger.

Dental Emergency FAQ’s 

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At Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry of the Keys, your emergency dentist in Big Pine Key believes in clear, transparent dental care. When a dental crisis occurs and you need help, knowing what to do and how to handle the situation until you are able to make it to our office is important. This is why Dr. Cobb has answered some of the most common dental emergency questions. Not only are these designed to give you additional insight into how best to handle a dental accident, but they are meant to provide clarity so that you can make the right choice as it pertains to your oral health. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

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Why is the Dentist’s Office Better Than the Emergency Room?

There are a few key reasons why seeing your local dentist is far better than waiting in an emergency room lobby. These include:

  • Your dentist knows you, so you won’t have to go over any previous or past medical/health history.
  • Your dentist will treat more than just your symptoms. They’ll look for the root cause and provide full start-to-finish treatment.
  • You won’t have to wait for hours and hours in a lobby filled with sick people. Instead, you’ll have a designated appointment time for which you can see Dr. Cobb.

If you are experiencing continuous bleeding from the mouth, increased swelling that refuses to go down or is impacting your airway, or you have severe facial trauma (i.e. broken/fractured jaw), you will need to seek immediate medical attention at your local emergency room. Otherwise, plan on driving to your local dentist’s office for assistance.

Do You Offer Sedation Dentistry to Ensure I Don’t Feel Any Additional Pain?

Yes, we offer multiple forms of sedation dentistry to ensure you are completely comfortable and at ease during your visit. Experiencing dental trauma is bad enough. You’re already in pain due to the accident, which is why we will go above and beyond to ensure the treatment process removes any pain and discomfort. Depending on your individual needs and the severity of the problem, Dr. Cobb will determine the appropriate method of sedation before moving forward with treatment.

Will Dental Insurance Cover My Treatment?

Depending on the type of restorative care you need, your dental insurance company should be willing to cover all or some of the cost. Most policies will cover between 50-80% of major or minor procedures. Something like a dental crown or filling might require you to pay 20-30% out of pocket while a root canal might have you paying 30-50% of the overall cost.

If you’re unsure how to find out how much your treatment will cost, allow a member of our administrative team to contact your insurance company on your behalf. Not only will they help you get the answers you need, but they will also work with you to identify additional ways you can pay should you still need financial assistance.

Something Stuck Between the Teeth

If a piece of food or debris is stuck between your teeth, you can attempt to gently dislodge it using a piece of floss or a water flosser. Take care to be gentle and do not use a sharp object to try to remove the food or debris. If you aren’t able to do it yourself at home, please visit us!