Dental Emergency, No Insurance

Dental Emergency, No Insurance

Dental problems can arise at any time, and some need to be treated right away.  Treatment for sudden dental injury, broken teeth, severe tooth pain, and other dental emergencies should not be put on hold.  Same-day appointments with an emergency dentist can make all the difference for a successful return to optimal oral health.  If you have a dental emergency and no insurance, you may be tempted to wait it out and hope for the best, but that can result in further damage or even serious health complications.  Even if you have no insurance, it’s important to seek emergency dental treatment right away. Read on for more information about what constitutes a dental emergency San Diego and what to do even if you have no insurance. 


Common dental emergencies

Not every dental issue is an emergency, of course. Some minor dental issues can wait a few days until you can get an appointment, but for others, same-day dental treatment is crucial.  Here are some common dental emergencies that should be treated immediately:

  • Knocked out tooth
  • Loose adult tooth
  • Broken or cracked tooth with severe pain
  • Chipped tooth with sharp edges that cut the mouth
  • Severe toothache
  • Radiating pain from the tooth through the jaw, ear, and neck
  • Severe pain from loose or lost restorations (crowns, bridges, veneers, etc)
  • Mouth injury with significant bleeding 
  • Abscess, bulges, or swelling on the gums
  • Swelling in and around the mouth after traumatic injury
  • Broken or loose braces

Leaving any of these dental emergencies untreated can result in serious complications, including severe pain, invasive and costly dental treatments, and even life-threatening infection. 


What if I have no dental insurance? 

If you have a dental emergency but no dental insurance, it’s still important to seek treatment right away. Here are a few options to consider:

  • Many dental schools offer low-cost treatment. The dental work is done by students under the supervision of faculty. 
  • Local dental clinics offer treatment to low-income families. 
  • Discount dental plans are annual fee-based membership programs that allow you to schedule your dental care right away. You pay a discounted rate for each service you receive.
  • Most dental offices offer payment plans that allow you to receive emergency dental treatment and pay for it over time rather than all at once.  


Payment options at Smile Designers

Even standard dental treatment can be nerve wracking, and when you have an emergency, it can amplify the anxiety. When you add to that a visit to an unfamiliar clinic for treatment, the experience can be terrifying.  At Smile Designers in San Diego, we offer same-day emergency dental treatment in the comfort of our Point Loma office. Whether you are a new patient or we already have a relationship, we know you’ll feel right at home at our facility and cared for in the hands of Dr. Hage. To help further ease the experience for patients with no insurance, we offer several different financing options, including: 

When you come in for treatment, we’ll give you a clear picture of your financing options and help you choose the one that’s best for you, your treatment, and your budget. 


At Smile Designers, we offer high-quality emergency dental care

If you believe you have a true dental emergency, call (619) 222-6000 at any time of day and speak with the operator.  The sooner you do, the sooner we can tend to your oral health and restore your smile.