Cost of Dental Emergencies – East Longmeadow, MA
The Price of Care That Saves Your Smile
When a dental emergency occurs, such as an injured tooth or a sudden, excruciating toothache, your first thought is usually something about how you should probably call your dentist. However, you might hesitate to pick up the phone when you consider how much your treatment might cost. At Scannell & Hollinger, we never want a high cost to deter a patient from seeking the emergency dental care they deserve. On this page, we explain why you should contact us as soon as an emergency strikes, as well as some of the factors that can influence the price of your care.
Types of Dental Emergencies
Unsurprisingly, the primary factor affecting the cost of emergency care is the specific type of emergency you’re experiencing. For example, a prescription for antibiotics will cost much less than a more complex procedure like root canal therapy. In general, there’s no way to know for sure how much your care will cost until Dr. Scannell or Dr. Hollinger evaluates your mouth and discusses your treatment options with you.
What Is Involved in Emergency Treatment?
You might have a few options when it comes to treating your emergency. A broken or infected tooth, for instance, might be addressed with either root canal therapy or a tooth extraction. While extractions typically have a lower price, you might spend more in the long run due to the cost of replacing a missing tooth. Root canal therapy may have a higher initial cost, but offers more oral health benefits.
Before beginning any treatment, our team will go over all of your options, as well as their pros, cons, and costs, to help you make a confident, well-informed decision.
Is Emergency Dental Care Worth It?
Seeking emergency care as soon as possible is undoubtedly worth it. If you avoid getting treated or ignore the problem altogether, it could worsen in the long run. Not only can this result in prolonged pain, but you’ll be more likely to require expensive, invasive, and time-consuming procedures down the road. Save yourself time and money by calling us to schedule an appointment right after the emergency strikes.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Emergency Care?
Every individual policy is different, but most plans are willing to at least partially cover the cost of one emergency visit a year. Our practice is in-network with BlueCross BlueShield and Delta Dental, two of the most popular dental insurance companies. However, we’re also happy to process and file claims for other insurance plans to maximize your available coverage. If you’re uninsured, our team can help you find secure financing to ensure you can pay for a healthy smile.