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Emergency Dentist

Quick & Professional Care Right When You Need It

At Aesthetic Dentistry of Wickford, we want patients and families to reach out to us right away if they ever experience a dental emergency. Dr. Verbeyst and Dr. Morisseau understand the panic and urgency that these situations can create, and they strive to address the problem as soon as they possibly can – no weeks of waiting. Whether you are experiencing a bad toothache or a completely dislodged tooth, contact us in North Kingstown, RI today. We see both new and reoccurring patients for emergency dental care.

What Should I Do In a Dental Emergency?

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  • If you have cracked a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water immediately. If facial swelling occurs, using a cold compress can keep this to a minimum.
  • If something is stuck in the mouth, try to remove it with floss gently. Do NOT rely on sharp or pointy instruments, as this could cause further harm.
  • If you are experiencing a toothache, try flossing and rinsing in order to dislodge any food particles. Do NOT place any painkillers directly on the gum tissue or the affected tooth.
  • If a tooth has been knocked-out, keep it moist by placing it back into its original socket. Do not wait to contact our dental practice for help – time is of the essence.

Experience & Qualifications

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When choosing a dentist to help you through an emergency, going with Dr. Verbeyst and Dr. Morisseau is always a good decision. Both of them have decades of experience and have basically seen and done it all in the field of emergency dentistry. They also have invested in the latest dental technology, giving our team the ability to find, diagnose, and treat issues in less time while keeping our patients more comfortable. Basically, when you need the best right NOW, you’ll find it here at Aesthetic Dentistry of Wickford.

Convenient Emergency Dental Care

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Millions of people go to the emergency room every year with dental emergencies, and you know what happens then? They wait, and they usually wait for a very long time.

On the other side of things, we’re happy to provide fast, same-day care for every emergency patient who reaches out to us. We’re always just a call away, and coming to see us will put you in contact with the people you’re probably waiting on at the ER in the first place…a dentist!

Root Canal Therapy

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Your tooth is composed of several distinct layers that lead down to a vulnerable inner pulp. When dental injuries and/or advanced tooth decay expose the pulp to infectious bacteria, the result can be extremely painful. Instead of removing the tooth, though, our dentists will strive to save it using root canal therapy. This procedure involves the careful removal of diseased pulp and thorough cleansing of the inside of the tooth. As a final touch, we will place a custom-made dental crown over the treated tooth to replenish its natural shape and protect what remains.

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Tooth Extractions

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Learning you need a tooth extraction is never the diagnosis you want to hear, but the good news is the team at Aesthetic Dentistry of Wickford is here to help. Your emergency dentist in North Kingstown, RI, Dr. Verbeyst, will examine your oral cavity and determine if the problem tooth needs to be removed. If there is no way to save it using root canal therapy or an alternative solution, you can trust that he and his team will take all the appropriate measures to ensure your procedure is a success. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and learn how we can help you.

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Reasons for a Tooth Extraction

First, you should know that your dentist will only recommend an extraction if there are no other viable options that will safely allow you to keep your natural tooth. It is never the desire of any dental professional to remove a patient’s teeth; however, if you experience any of the following, there is a significant chance that Dr. Verbeyst will suggest tooth removal:

  • Severe decay or damage caused by facial trauma
  • Advanced gum disease that is negatively impacting the bone and surrounding teeth
  • Orthodontic treatment is recommended, and the mouth needs additional room for teeth to properly shift
  • Overcrowding of the teeth is making it difficult for others to erupt
  • Wisdom teeth (third molars) are impacted or causing harm to nearby teeth

What is the Procedure for Tooth Extractions?

During your consultation with your dentist in North Kingstown, he will examine your problem tooth to determine if you will need a simple or surgical procedure. Should you require a simple procedure, this means the tooth has fully erupted and capable of being removed without the need for surgery. Specialized dental instruments are used to move the tooth back and forth until it detaches and is removed from the socket.

A surgical extraction, on the other hand, requires making an incision in the gums to expose the tooth and surrounding bone. Depending on the status of the tooth, it may be necessary to remove it in sections to ensure all parts are cleared and it is a seamless process.

Whether you have a simple or surgical removal, you will receive an anesthetic that will numb the tooth, gums, and bone surrounding the area. This will ensure you feel no pain throughout the procedure.

Will Insurance Cover an Extraction?

Although tooth extractions are not as common as traditional checkups, dental fillings, or crowns, most dental insurance companies do provide coverage for this type of procedure. At Aesthetic Dentistry of Wickford, we are pleased to be in-network with Delta Dental, Cigna, BlueCross BlueShield, and UnitedHealthcare, which means you will pay less for your extraction because of pre-negotiated rates. If you are uninsured, you can still move forward with treatment by enrolling in our in-house membership plan or applying for flexible financing through CareCredit. This third-party financier offers low and no interest payment plans so you can stay well within your budget.

Cost of Dental Emergencies

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No one wants to be caught off-guard by an unexpected dental bill, but you can get the emergency services you need for affordable rates. We’ll provide you with a custom estimate during your initial consultation and discuss your payment options, like using third-party financing. We’ll help you find the solutions you need to restore your smile without breaking the bank.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies

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Don’t let the fear of a dental bill deter you from getting the treatment you need from your dentist. Although there isn’t a set fee for emergency services, we’ll help keep your plan affordable. We offer several solutions to help you rehabilitate your smile without draining your wallet.

Every Dental Emergency is Unique

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No two dental emergencies are the same which means you need more than a cookie-cutter treatment plan. As a result, there isn’t a pre-determined fee for emergency dentistry because every patient’s needs are unique. We’ll perform a thorough examination to create a customized plan to save your smile. There are several factors that can influence the cost, such as the solution to treat your specific problem, like:

  • Root canal therapy
  • Tooth extractions
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental bonding

Our team will explain your treatment plan and the costs associated with your care. You’ll have all the information you need to make the best decision for your smile.

Avoid Dental Emergencies with Prevention

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Although you might never expect it to happen to you, 1 in 6 Americans has a dental emergency each year. While you can’t fully prevent one, there are several things you can do to lessen your risk of needing urgent dental attention. Many emergencies are the result of an untreated oral health issue that has been lingering in your mouth, like tooth decay. Routine dental appointments ensure your dentist detects oral health concerns while they are still small to prevent them from turning into a big problem.

If you develop any pain or damage a tooth in between your regular visits, don’t ignore it. It’s best to have it treated right away because the issue will continue to worsen the longer you wait to see your dentist. For example, instead of needing a minor filling to treat a cavity, the tooth decay can lead to an infection that might require a root canal to resolve.

Taking the time to care for your smile each day at home and visiting your dentist every 6 months can help keep you out of the dental chair during the year.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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Every insurance policy differs, but many dental benefits can be used to help offset the cost of your visit. Some plans can cover 50% to 80% of the cost, allowing you to get the care you need without worrying about a large bill. A member of our team will work on your behalf to help you maximize your dental coverage to lower the amount you need to pay.

Other Options for Affordable Dental Care

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Besides accepting dental insurance, we offer several other solutions to keep our services affordable, such as:

  • Membership Plan: Our in-house membership plan allows you to get the care you need for a fraction of the cost.
  • Third-Party Financing: You’re given the funds you need, which you’ll repay using a plan that accommodates your budget.

If you have a dental emergency, don’t Google, “where is a dentist near me?” Choose the trusted choice for personalized, affordable services. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

Dental Emergency FAQs


No one ever expects it to happen to them, but dental emergencies are quite common. In fact, 1 in 6 Americans face one every year. We know the situation can be quite confusing. Here are the answers to a few of the question you may have to make a difficult time a bit easier.

Should I go to the hospital?

When a dental problem strikes, it may seem like your local emergency room is the place to go to get the immediate care you need; however, this isn’t the best choice. Most hospitals aren’t equipped to handle dental emergencies. The most they can do is provide antibiotics and pain relief. They cannot treat the root cause of the problem, which is why it’s best to contact our office instead, but if you suspect a broken jaw or you have medical emergencies, go to the hospital first. We’ll be here for you after any other issues have been addressed.

Can I wait to see my dentist?

No one has time in their schedule for an unplanned dental visit. It’s normal to want to delay getting the care you need until you have a little more free time in your day, but this isn’t the right choice. If you wait too long to see your dentist, it can cause the problem to worsen. It could result in the loss of your tooth. It’s always best to see your dentist as soon as possible, even if you think the problem has resolved itself, like a minor toothache.

How much does a dental emergency cost?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a set cost for an emergency appointment because the amount is determined by our individual treatment plan. We provide you with an estimate and discuss your payment options. We know you worry about a large bill, which is why we strive to find the solutions you need to keep your care affordable. We’ll work on your behalf with your insurance company to file the necessary claims and paperwork for reimbursement. We will also take the time to explain how you can pay for any remaining balance, such as using third-party financing with CareCredit.

Should I have the tooth pulled out?

Having a problem tooth extracted may seem like the easy, cost-effective solution, but it will actually lead to more complications down the road. Every tooth in your mouth is invaluable to your dental health. If you’re missing even 1, it significantly increases your risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss. Not to mention, it can be difficult to maintain a balanced diet because certain foods become too hard to chew.

It’s best to treat the tooth instead of having it extracted. If there isn’t any other viable option and you need to have it removed, we’ll discuss your replacement options, like a dental implant. We’ll restore your smile back to its previous state to maintain its health, beauty, and function.

If you have a dental emergency or if you have a question, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.