FAQs: Dentist & Dental Questions

When should I go to the emergency room for tooth pain?

Emergency rooms and hospitals do not treat tooth issues. Emergency physicians are not trained in dental practice. Schedule an appointment with Emergency Dental of Kansas City as soon as possible.

Do you take walk-ins?

Yes. However, we prefer to schedule formal appointments because we give first preference to appointed patients. This minimizes potential wait times in case of emergency.

When are you open?

We are open 7 days per week; Monday – Sunday from 9 AM to 9 PM. We can see you same day if you call before 7:30 PM each evening.

Do you have payment plans?

Yes. Ask us for more information during your appointment or view our flexible financing options online.

Do you speak Spanish?

Some members of our staff do speak Spanish. Availability depends on staffing at the time of the appointment. Please call us prior to your visit so that we may accommodate you.

My tooth was knocked out. Can you help?

Yes, we can help preserve your tooth. When you come to the office, bring the broken or lost tooth with you. We will take immediate steps to save the tooth and repair the injury.

It is important that you see a dentist as soon as this happens. The preservation of the tooth depends on the timeliness.

How should I deal with swelling?

Swelling is usually an indication of an infection. It is important to have any infection addressed by a dentist as soon as possible. Lingering infections in the mouth can have long-term health effects if left untreated over time.

Follow these tips when caring for yourself at home:

  • Don’t chew on the side of the infected tooth & avoid hot or cold foods and beverages as your tooth may be sensitive to the temperature.
  • Put oil of cloves directly on the tooth to relieve pain. You can buy oil of cloves at drugstores.
  • Place a cold pack on your jaw over the sore area. This will help to reduce inflammation and temporarily create a numbing effect. If you’d like, you can gently massage the numbed cheek externally to help ease some of the pain.
  • You may use over-the-counter medication to ease the pain unless another medicine was prescribed. If you have chronic liver or kidney disease, talk with your health care provider before using acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Also, talk with your provider if you’ve had a stomach ulcer or GI bleeding.

I’m terrified of going to the dentist. Do you perform sedation dentistry?

Most of our offices offer some form of sedation dentistry. Please contact the Emergency Dental office near you for more information.

I have a broken or chipped tooth. What should I do?

If your tooth is broken, chipped or fractured, see your dentist as soon as possible. The tooth inside of the tooth can be exposed to outside elements which can cause it to be damaged further, infected or lead to the loss of the tooth.

An easy way to protect a tooth while you wait to visit the dentist is to place a piece of sugar-free gum over the damaged tooth.

Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth will depend on how severely it is damaged. If only a small piece of enamel broke off, the repair can usually be done simply in one office visit. A badly damaged or broken tooth may require a more lengthy procedure or removal of the tooth.

Do root canals hurt?

Generally, no. Dentistry has developed technologies in the last 10 years that have made doing a root canal very seamless and comfortable, like doing a filling. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area before the procedure begins.

Should I be worried if my teeth are sensitive to heat or cold?

If the sensitivity is getting worse over time, it is a good idea to have a dentist check it out.

Sometimes, you can just be a little too hard on your teeth. Try changing toothpaste brands and avoid whitening options, as they can weaken the enamel on your teeth causing them to become sensitive. You may even be brushing your teeth too hard, brush more gently or use a toothbrush with softer bristles.

Can I bring in a child for an appointment?

We don’t see children under the age of 10 because children require special attention and their tooth anatomies are different than an adult’s mouth. Children are usually treated by children’s dentists called pedodondists. They specialize in the dental care of children.  

What makes Emergency Dental of Kansas City different from a family dentist?

Not much. We are a family practice that has much more convenience. Our office hours and ability to bring patients into our clinics during weekends, evenings, and holidays allows our patients to get the care they need at almost any time.

Our dentists also provide the same restorative & preventative dentistry that patients would receive at a general practitioner.

What if I lose a filling?

If your filling has fallen out, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can. Cavities left untreated can develop into more serious problems. Between the time the filling fell out and you visit your dentist, keep your teeth as clean as possible. If you eat or drink, swish with lukewarm water to clear away any debris.

Do you take all insurance?

Emergency Dental of Kansas City accepts nearly all dental insurance plans on an indemnity basis. This means that we contact your insurance provider to determine your coverage, co-pay and out-of-pocket costs. We are contracted with certain private insurances. We are not contracted with the state Medicaid or Medicare programs. In saying this, we do take any insurance plan that will reimburse insurance amounts directly to the clinic. Ask the clinic for more information.  

If for some reason we cannot contact your insurance company, you can pay for the treatment out-of-pocket, and your insurance company can reimburse you. The amount covered by insurance can vary depending on the type of treatment and the type of insurance that you have. Our staff will determine your out-of-pocket costs and, if necessary, help you secure financing. We will always communicate the total out-of-pocket cost before any exam or treatment is performed.