An unexpected dental accident can be a shocking experience, but accidents do happen and that’s why we’ve dedicated our Ohio emergency dental services to fixing life’s unexpected mishaps.
First Step: Is it a True Emergency?
While a dental accident can be frightening, not every injury is a true dental emergency. Though it can be painful and lead to feelings of uncertainty, some accidents can wait until regular business hours if handled appropriately, therefore saving you a trip to the emergency room (and the bills that come with it).
So, how do you know? The most common dental emergencies is a chipped, cracked or lost tooth. In most cases, a chipped tooth or even a tooth with a minor crack or fracture can wait until normal business hours.
However, if the crack is severe, or a large part of the tooth has fractured off, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Same goes for a tooth that is completely knocked out, which requires important steps by the patient in order to try to save the tooth for your emergency dentistry.
Ohio Emergency Dental Services – Caring for a Knocked Out Tooth
If a large part of the tooth has broken off or the entire tooth has been knocked out, follow these critical steps:
- Handle the tooth as minimally as possible
- Carefully see if the tooth will fit back in the socket. If it can, hold it there by biting down gently on wet gauze or even a wet tea bag. If it doesn’t fit back in, put the tooth in milk. If you don’t have milk, a small container filled with your own saliva will help preserve the detached tooth.
- Apply a cold, wet compress to the tooth socket to control any bleeding.
Second Step: Ohio Emergency Dental Services – Where to Go?
Once you’ve determined whether you are experiencing a true dental emergency, and you’ve followed the steps to care for your tooth, where do you go?
The very first thing to do if you think you have a dental emergency is to call your local emergency dentistry BEFORE seeking a hospital or emergency room. CDI Ohio’s emergency line is 440-381-8800 and we always encourage calling us first. We’ll help you diagnose your emergency and provide next steps to get you immediate expert dental care.
As a provider of Ohio emergency dental services, we provide locations all over the state of Ohio for your convenience, including:
- Lee-Harvard in Cleveland, Ohio
- Shaker Square in Cleveland, Ohio
- CDI Ashtabula in Ashtabula, Ohio
- CDI Akron in Akron, Ohio
- CDI Columbus in Columbus, Ohio
- CDI Dayton in the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio
Third Step: Ohio Emergency Dental Services Insurance Coverage
In a dental emergency, the immediate thought of “will my insurance cover it?” may not come to mind as it would with routine dental services. It’s good to research who provides Ohio emergency dental services that also accepts your insurance plan BEFORE you ever have an emergency. Hopefully, you never will, but if you do you’ll know exactly where to go and what to do.
At CDI Ohio, we are proud to accept ALL insurance plans and we’re always happy to discuss any questions you may have about your coverage and procedure.
The Added Benefits at CDI Ohio
At Cleveland Dental Institute, we’re proud to offer you the option to be completely asleep for your procedure. We’re one of the few that provide sleep dentistry on request, which you can learn more about here.
CDI Ohio is also one of only two dentistries in Northeast Ohio that caters to special needs patients and children with mental or physical disabilities, in which we take tremendous pride. We encourage you to learn more, here.
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