Emergency Dentistry in Baton Rouge

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Emergency Dentistry

Do I Need Emergency Dental Care?

If you think that your condition counts as an emergency, you’re probably right. There are lots of common dental emergencies, including chipped and broken teeth, loose or knocked-out teeth, lost dental work, and toothaches, to name just a few. If you’re in pain, your mouth is bleeding, and you don’t know what to do, contact Stevens Dental at (225) 291-2111 to schedule an emergency appointment right away.

Did you know…

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Toothaches are the most common dental emergency. A toothache that lasts more than 1-2 days usually indicates a tooth infection, which could lead to the loss of the infected tooth unless you get proper treatment.

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Same-Day Care

We offer same-day care for patients throughout Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. Dr. Stevens always has room in her schedule for emergencies. Contact us today, and you can get out of pain and back to your day-to-day routine. 

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Digital X-Rays And Impressions

We use digital x-rays, computed cone beam tomography (CBCT), and intraoral scanners to diagnose you and plan your emergency treatment with precision. Our advanced technology ensures that you get the best level of care.

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In-Office Milling Unit

With our in-office milling unit, we can build common dental prosthetics like dental crowns in just a few minutes, using digital scans of your mouth and teeth. This means you can often have your tooth restored on the same day you visit Stevens Dental, instead of making multiple trips over the span of several weeks.

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The Benefits Of Emergency Dentistry

Get out of pain

First, emergency dentistry helps you get out of pain. Dental emergencies like toothaches or a broken tooth can be excruciatingly painful and interfere with your day-to-day life. With our help, you can get out of pain and get back to normal.

Prevent further complications

Early intervention is always best when it comes to dental emergencies. The sooner you get treatment for your issue, the more likely it is that you can avoid future complications related to your dental injury or other dental emergency.

Save time & money

Getting immediate care also saves you time and money. For example, if you get care for an infected tooth right away, Dr. Stevens can save your tooth and treat it with a root canal and a crown. But if you don’t get treatment in time, you may end up needing a tooth extraction and a replacement with a dental implant, which is a more costly and complex procedure.

What Do I Do In A Dental Emergency?

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Give us a call

First, call Stevens Dental at (225) 291-2111. Tell us about your issue, and we’ll schedule you for a consultation ASAP. Our team can also give you tips on how to deal with your situation before you visit our office in Baton Rouge.

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Recover tooth/dental work

If you’ve knocked out a tooth, grab it by the top, rinse it off, and put it into a container of cold milk. Bring it in with you to our office, and come in as soon as you can. Teeth must be replaced within 1-2 hours at most to save them. If you’ve lost a piece of dental work like a crown, simply recover it, rinse it off, and put it into a small plastic bag or container.

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Deal with pain and bleeding

If you’re bleeding, use clean gauze, a cotton ball, or a paper towel to apply pressure to the area and absorb blood. You can take medicine like ibuprofen to help with pain, and ice the cheek near the affected area to help with swelling and pain.

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Come to Stevens Dental

You can’t treat dental emergencies on your own. So make sure you come into Stevens Dental as soon as you can. Dr. Kasan Stevens will provide you with the care you need to eliminate your pain, restore your oral health, and get back to your daily routine. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Tooth pain can be a highly distressing experience, and if it's severe, it can indeed be classified as a dental emergency. Severe tooth pain is often a sign of a significant underlying issue that requires immediate attention. This could be a result of an abscessed tooth, a severe infection, a tooth fracture, or tooth decay that has reached the nerve.

The severity of tooth pain can vary from person to person, but if your pain is intense, persistent, and is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, swelling, or a bad taste in your mouth, it's certainly a dental emergency. It's critical to contact your dentist right away in these situations. Ignoring severe tooth pain can lead to worsening conditions and potentially severe health risks.

While the ER may seem like the first place to go in any emergency, it's not always the best choice for a dental emergency. Emergency rooms are equipped to handle life-threatening situations, but they typically don't have the specialized tools or expertise needed to address dental issues.

However, there are certain situations where an ER visit is necessary. These include severe swelling that's affecting your ability to breathe or swallow, trauma to the face or jaw, or uncontrollable bleeding. In these situations, you should go to the ER immediately.

For most other dental emergencies, including severe toothache, a broken or knocked-out tooth, or a lost filling or crown, it's best to contact your dentist directly. Dentists, like Dr. Kasan Stevens at Stevens Dental, are equipped to handle these types of emergencies and can provide the appropriate treatment.

Dental insurance coverage can vary greatly depending on your specific plan, but many insurance policies do provide some coverage for dental emergencies. This typically includes the initial consultation and necessary diagnostic tests, such as X-rays.

However, the extent of coverage for the actual treatment can vary. Some plans may cover a percentage of the treatment cost, while others may have a set fee schedule. It's important to understand your insurance policy's specifics and what it covers in terms of emergency dental care.

If you're unsure about your coverage, it's advisable to contact your insurance provider directly. They can provide detailed information about what is and isn't covered under your plan. Alternatively, the staff at Stevens Dental can also help you understand your insurance benefits and out-of-pocket costs for emergency dental care.

Remember, while insurance can help mitigate the cost, it shouldn't dictate whether or not you seek emergency dental care. If you're experiencing a dental emergency, it's crucial to get the care you need as soon as possible to prevent further complications.