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Emergency Dentist – Annapolis, MD

Don’t Put Off Your Dental Emergency!

When a dental emergency occurs, the last thing you should do is put off treatment. Unlike other areas of the body, that cracked tooth or oral infection is not going to get better with time. The only way to remove your discomfort or keep your natural tooth is by getting treatment by one of our dentists at Neil W Vanik, DDS PA. Here, we can confirm the state of your oral health, get you out of pain, and create a treatment plan that works for you. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, we’ll do everything possible to get you in tto see our emergency dentist in Annapolis, MD, so don’t wait to call!

Why Choose Neil W Vanik, DDS PA for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Root Canal Therapy Performed In-House
  • Relaxing and Accommodating Dental Office Environment
  • Professional Dentists and Team Dedicated to Same-Day Care

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Woman with dental emergency in Annapolis

Knowing what to do in a dental emergency can help you act quickly and correctly when it matters most. Here’s what you should do if you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency:

  • Give us a call: Even if you’re unsure if your situation needs urgent dental care, give us a call right away. We’ll assess your situation over the phone and determine how soon you need to be treated. We can often see emergency patients the same day that they call. We’ll also provide first aid tips for handling your symptoms until you can reach our office.
  • Receive a quick but thorough examination: Once you reach our office, we’ll perform a visual exam and take any necessary X-rays to get a better idea of the source and extent of the problem.
  • Review your treatment options: Your Annapolis emergency dentist Dr. Neil Vanik, Dr. John Vanik, or Dr. Colleen Lisco will go over their findings with you and how they recommend treating your dental emergency. They’ll also go over the cost of treating your emergency as well as your payment options.
  • Get the care you need: When you and your dentist have agreed on a treatment plan, we’ll get to work right away to preserve your smile and get you out of pain.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Oftentimes, people attempt to treat their dental emergencies at home. Unfortunately, many use unverified methods and techniques, which can easily make the situation worse! That’s why we encourage you to call us if you experience any of these common symptoms or warning signs of a dental emergency. Regardless of whether your problem needs urgent care or not, we’ll help you get your oral health back on track.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies 

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When you come in for treatment, we’ll need to perform a detailed examination of your emergency and determine from there what the best treatment should be. Until that happens, it can be difficult to provide an exact cost. Minor issues may only need a dental filling, but more severe ones may require root canal therapy and a dental crown. Regardless of the cost, putting off treatment only increases the risk that you’ll need additional treatment to maintain your oral health. By getting care now, you avoid these additional expenses and discomfort.

What Factors Influence the Cost of Emergency Dental Care?

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  • Whether you have dental insurance or not: If you are enrolled in a dental insurance policy, your out of pocket expenses will likely be less if you see an in-network provider. If not, you will need to look at other options for payment.
  • What type of restorative care you will need:Whether it is a dental crown, root canal, filling, or tooth extraction, each type of service varies with regard to coverage. While you may only pay 20-30% for a crown, you will likely need to pay more for a root canal (30-50%).

Financial Options Available

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Dr. Vanik and his team are proud in-network providers for the following insurance companies:

  • Delta Dental Premier
  • Bluecross/Blueshield PPO/Traditional
  • Connection
  • Aetna
  • GEHA
  • Cigna
  • Metlife
  • Humana
  • And many more!

Apart from our partnership with various dental insurance companies, we are also pleased to help our patients apply for CareCredit financing. This third-party financier makes it possible to enroll in a low-to-no-interest payment plan that will allow you to stay within your budget and still get the care you need.

Get a Personalized Estimate at Your Emergency Appointment

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Your consultation with Dr. Vanik will set the stage for what you can expect regarding treatment and cost. After performing a thorough examination of your oral cavity and determining where the problem exists and its severity, he will formulate a treatment plan for you to review.

You’ll want to carefully consider the type of service you will be receiving and how much it will cost. If possible, Dr. Vanik may recommend a few viable options in case one is too costly of a venture for you at the current time. It is important to weigh all your options as well as the pros and cons of each. Even if you get a temporary fix right now, it could end up costing you more in the long run.

Our team is always here to help you better understand your options, alternatives, and cost. If you need assistance reaching out to your dental insurance company or navigating CareCredit, let us walk you through the process and help you get the answers you need.

Dental Emergency FAQ’s 

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As an emergency dentist, Dr. Vanik is always ready to see patients who are experiencing a dental crisis. Whether it is a knocked-out tooth, soft tissue injury, or a serious tooth infection, he and his team can provide the right method of treatment to ensure your oral health is not impacted on a long-term basis. But before a visual exam is performed or a treatment plan is created, he has opted to compile some frequently asked questions about dental emergencies to help give you additional insight on the topic.

What Should I Do If I Experience a Dental Emergency While on Vacation?

Dental emergencies don’t always happen when you’re minutes away from the dentist’s office. Should you find yourself out of town on vacation, you may want to find a local dental professional to address the problem. Depending on the severity, you might decide to wait until you return home, but if it’s an infection, knocked-out tooth, or you are in serious pain, it is best to call and alert our dental office of the situation while receiving help from a dentist nearby.

What Can I Do to Minimize Dental Pain?

How you manage your pain is dependent upon what is causing it to occur in the first place. If there is something lodged between your teeth, a quick yet gentle swipe with dental floss can usually take care of the problem. However, if the pain is deep down within a tooth or caused by something other than a stuck object, it is best to use an over-the-counter pain reliever and cold compress to reduce discomfort until you can reach our office