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Emergency Dentist — Lebanon, NH

Fast, Compassionate Care In Your Time of Need

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A dental emergency can be both painful and frightening. If you ever find yourself in such a situation, do not panic. Rather, contact O&S Dental right away. We will give you tips on how to handle your dental problem, and we will make room in our schedule to tend to you as soon as possible. In many cases, we are able to see emergency patients on a same-day basis. Our goal is to relieve your pain and protect your long-term oral health with emergency dentistry in Lebanon, NH. For fast, compassionate care in your time of need, you know you can count on our team here at O&S Dental Professionals, so do not hesitate to call us .

Why Choose O&S Dental Professionals for Emergency Dental Care?

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

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The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies fall into two broad categories: those that are the result of a longstanding dental problem that suddenly causes pain, and those that are the result of physical trauma. We are well-equipped to handle both types of situations. Before you come to our dental office, however, there may be some things you can do on your own to lessen your pain and keep the damage to your oral health to a minimum.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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The cost of emergency dentistry in Lebanon varies from case to case. Logically, patients who require a minor treatment, such as a filling or a prescription, will pay less than those who need a complex procedure, such as root canal therapy. We will give you a candid price estimate during your consultation. We will also help you explore payment options and assist you in filing your insurance claims. Most patients are eligible for low-interest financing.

Every Dental Emergency Is Different

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Just like every patient is unique, so is every dental emergency. We charge a base price for an emergency exam. From there, we will recommend a treatment based on your unique needs. The cost of emergency services can be fairly minor, or it can be upwards of a thousand dollars or more. It all depends on the severity of your problem, which treatment you undergo, the type/amount of sedation used, and other factors.

If more than one procedure might be able to address your problem, we will be sure to help you compare the pros, cons, and cost of each of your options.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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Most dental policies cover at least one emergency exam each year. It is also common for them to pay for at least a portion of the price of emergency treatment. For example, if you need a simple treatment, such as a filling, your policy might cover 80% of the cost. For major procedures, around 50% of the cost might be covered, up to the amount of your dental plan’s annual maximum. Our team will do all we can to help you navigate and maximize your insurance benefits.

Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable

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As your emergency dentist in Lebanon, we want you to be able to afford the care you need. To that end, we offer a couple of useful provisions:

  • Most patients are eligible for low-interest financing through CareCredit, a third-party lender. The application process is fast, and you may be able to choose from between several different monthly payment amounts.
  • Essential Dental Plan. This discount plan provides reduced fees on most of the services we offer. It can also help you afford preventive care, which in turn can lower your risk of encountering an expensive dental emergency.
  • We periodically offer promotional pricing on our services. Contact us to learn if we have any current specials that apply to your situation.

Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money

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Some dental emergencies are unavoidable, but most can be prevented. Your diligence in protecting your smile can help you save money!

Keep in mind that insurance usually covers cleaning and checkups at 100%, so for nothing out of pocket, you could enjoy care that protects you from cavities and gum disease. These appointments also allow for early detection of oral health problems, and problems are typically less expensive to treat the earlier they are caught.

You can also do much at home to reduce your risk of emergencies. A balanced diet and a thorough oral hygiene routine may cost a bit of time and money, but they can safeguard your smile from harm. Ask your dental team for personalized tips on at-home oral care.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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As your emergency dentist in Lebanon, our team is always ready to help you out when you need urgent dental treatment. However, we hope you never have to encounter such a stressful situation. Below, you will learn some practical tips for reducing your risk of experiencing a dental emergency.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

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Everyone should visit their dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. At these appointments, we thoroughly clean your teeth, removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria that could lead to problems down the road if left unaddressed. We also thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for any signs of developing problems. The earlier issues are caught, the easier they are to treat. Additionally, we can provide personalized tips for at-home oral care.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits at Home

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Good oral hygiene prevents bacterial buildup in your mouth and can significantly reduce your risk of dental decay and gum disease. Here are some best practices for maintaining a fresh and clean smile:

  • Brush at least twice a day. Use a soft-bristled brush and a fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to clean along your gumline and the backs of your teeth.
  • Floss once a day. Insert the floss gently between your teeth, and move it along the sides of both teeth that surround a space.
  • Drink plenty of water. Water helps to clean the mouth and encourage saliva production.

Watch What You Eat

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An unbalanced diet can create an oral environment that is prone to decay and other dental problems. It is best to limit your intake of sugary foods and beverages. It is also wise to cut back on (or eliminate) acidic drinks, such as sports beverages and soda. Try to focus your diet on nutritious foods that contain vitamins and minerals that support oral health, such as calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin C.

Wear a Mouthguard

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If you play sports, you should wear a mouthguard during games and practices in order to prevent dental emergencies in Lebanon. A custom guard from a dentist tends to provide better protection and a higher level of comfort than mouthguards that you can buy over the counter.

If you tend to grind your teeth at night, you may need to wear a different type of mouthguard — one that is specifically designed to prevent your upper and lower teeth from causing mutual harm.

Do Not Use Your Teeth as Tools

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Your teeth might seem like a convenient means of opening packages, trimming your fingernails, or cutting the tags off of new clothes. However, keep in mind that teeth were designed to help you speak and chew food — not to be a substitute for scissors and knives. Performing everyday chores with your teeth could cause them to break or experience premature wear and tear. Try carrying a small multi-tool with you in order to protect your smile from damage.

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