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Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies – Lincoln, NE

The Sooner You Treat, the More You Save

No one expects or plans a dental emergency—they can occur with very little warning and take you by surprise. This often means having an unanticipated dental bill. At Pioneer Greens Dentistry, we believe that everyone should be able to afford the dental care they need, especially when they are in pain. That’s why we encourage patients to contact us immediately if they experience a dental emergency so that we can fix the problem before it causes more damage to their smile and their wallet.

Types of Dental Emergencies

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Dental emergencies generally come from two causes: decay and trauma. When plaque isn’t properly removed from teeth on a daily basis, it forms hard deposits of bacteria called tartar. The acids from the bacteria then erode and damage the tooth enamel, penetrating deeper into the tooth. Often by the time you feel real discomfort, decay has already reached the pulp or nerve center of the tooth. That’s why keeping up healthy dental habits every day is so important.

Other times, damage to your teeth has nothing to do with oral hygiene but is the result of an injury to the mouth. A hard impact to the face can cause pain and bleeding but also be detrimental to your smile in the long term. No matter the cause or type of your specific dental emergency, you need to seek help as soon as you can.

What Happens if I Don't Take Care Of My Dental Emergency? 

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If you’re concerned about finances, you may be tempted to “tough it out” on your own and wait for your situation to improve. The problem is that it won’t get better without professional treatment. In fact, the longer you postpone getting it treated, the worse your situation is likely to be become. In other words, what requires a small amount of dental work now can require much more intensive, and thus expensive, treatment later down the road.

Is My Dental Emergency Covered By Dental Insurance?

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The answer to this question depends on many factors, including the treatment you need and what insurance plan you have. Overall, the more complex the treatment, the higher the cost. Similarly, insurance coverage tends to focus on early intervention and the most conservative option. When you come in with your dental emergency, our team can evaluate your dental insurance plan and let you know what you’ll be expected to pay out-of-pocket. We will be happy to work with you to make treatment more affordable with flexible financing.