In need of an emergency dentist? Dr. Creighton Gallagher caters to patients with a diverse range of dental concerns, including urgent dental care. Dr. Gallagher and our team take emergencies seriously and we strive to get patients into our office the same day they reach out to us for treatment. We want to be your go-to dentist for all of your smile needs!
Same-Day Emergency Exams & Treatments
One of the things that sets Overland Park Family Dental apart from other dental offices is that we leave room in our schedules to accommodate emergency visits. That means that if an emergency occurs, you can call our office right away and we will get you in to see us the same day you call. You don’t have to wait in pain until your next scheduled visit or go to an unfamiliar dentist, our office is ready and equipped to take care of you whether you have a scheduled routine visit or you’re in need of emergency treatment!
Dental Emergency 101
It’s important to have an idea of which dental issues require urgent dental treatment to ensure that our team can treat your issue as soon as possible before it worsens and preserve your oral health. Some of the most common dental emergencies include:
Dental Emergency FAQs
Are emergency appointments covered by insurance?
Dental insurance varies depending on the provider and the type of plan. We are an in-network provider for most PPO dental insurance companies. It’s important to take the time to understand your plan so you know what to expect. Our office can help you figure out what is covered by your plan and what portion you’ll be responsible for. If your share of the cost of your emergency treatment is outside of your budget, we offer several payment solutions including short term in-house financing and CareCredit®.
What if I don’t have insurance when I am experiencing a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies are stressful by themselves. We don’t want you to experience additional stress by worrying about how to pay for your treatment. Talk to our office about the many options Overland Park Family Dental offers to make quality care affordable for everyone. We provide four months of in-house financing plus we accept CareCredit® which has options for up to twelve months of interest-free financing. If you don’t have insurance, consider our Overland Park Dental Savers Plan. Emergencies can often be avoided when we see you regularly for preventive care.
What can I do to relieve my tooth pain?
Tooth pain generally requires a visit to our office but here are some ways to alleviate your pain in the meantime.
- Use a piece of dental floss to gently loosen any debris that may be contributing to pain and inflammation around the sore tooth
- Make a salt water rinse using a cup of warm water and ½ teaspoon of salt. Swish and spit.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Relieve swelling with a cold compress on the cheek on the outside of the sore tooth.
- Over-the-counter numbing toothache gels that contain benzocaine can be used for short term relief. Clove oil dabbed on the sore tooth can also be used as a numbing agent.
Should I go to the emergency room for tooth pain?
Tooth pain, or any other type of oral pain, usually calls for an emergency dental appointment. While an emergency room may sound like a good idea, its facilities are usually not equipped to treat dental emergencies permanently and will likely be more costly. However, some limited situations like uncontrollable bleeding from the mouth or facial swelling caused by dental abscess or trauma that impacts essential functions like breathing or speaking should be treated promptly before scheduling an emergency dental appointment with our office.
What treatments can an emergency dentist offer?
Dr. Gallagher and our team have treated many types of dental emergencies. From fractured teeth to lost fillings, our Overland Park dental office is capable of providing quality care to restore your oral health! Specific treatment options will depend upon your dental emergency. However, we can help relieve dental pain, perform emergency tooth extractions, replace a lost dental crown, and more!
Affordable Emergency Dentistry in Overland Park
We understand that emergencies aren’t always something that you can budget for. That’s why we are proud to offer and accept a variety of payment options to help patients get the urgent, same-day dental care they need without breaking the bank.