Emergency Dentistry in Houston, TX
Urgent Treatment for Damaged Smiles
Dental emergencies are sudden, unexpected, and require prompt care. Dr. John Krell, your emergency dentist in Houston, offers emergency dental services to patients who urgently need it. At our Houston, TX cosmetic and family dentistry practice, our team offers a wide range of emergency services to repair smiles quickly and comfortably. We use the state-of-the-art CEREC system to design, craft, and place even the most advanced restorations in a single appointment. This means patients come to our office with damaged teeth and leave the practice with flawless smiles. We are the go-to office for dental emergencies in Houston, Katy, and all surrounding communities.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies tend to either happen all of a sudden or gradually over a longer period of time. In either case, your dentist in Houston is prepared to help deal with your situation. In the meantime, here are some basic tips to handle common dental emergencies until you can reach our office.
Take over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed on the bottle. Be sure to NOT place aspirin or other painkillers directly on the tooth, as that could irritate your gums and make your pain worse. You could also use an ice pack to reduce pain and swelling.
If you’re bleeding, apply gauze or cloth to the area. To minimize swelling, place a cold, damp cloth or ice pack to your cheek. Cover the broken tooth with dental wax (which can be found at most drugstores) to protect your soft tissues from sharp or jagged edges. Take store-bought pain relievers as directed.
Gently rinse off the tooth and attempt to place it back in the socket by biting down on a piece of gauze or cloth. If that’s not possible, store the tooth in your cheek pocket or in a container of milk. The tooth must be kept wet in order to stay viable. Contact our office right away, since a dislodged tooth must be reattached within two hours.
Clean off the restoration and use dental wax to try and place it back on the tooth. If your crown or filling is lost, then smear the top of the tooth with dental wax to alleviate discomfort and protect your soft tissues. Do NOT use glue of any kind to reattach the restoration.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Although no emergency is 100% preventable, here are some basic steps you can take to minimize their chances of occurring:
- Wear a mouthguard every time you play sports or engage in physical activity. Almost 40% of all dental injuries are sports-related!
- Avoid chewing on hard items like fingernails, ice, pencils, or hard candies.
- Use scissors to open packages instead of your teeth.
- Brush and floss your teeth twice a day to prevent plaque from building up that could cause painful infections.
- Attend your regular checkups and cleanings with Dr. Krell, so we can spot signs of dental emergencies before they even happen!
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
No two dental emergencies are quite the same, so neither is the cost of treating any two situations. Some patients only need a minor filling or a round of antibiotics to treat their emergency, while others will need one or even multiple teeth extracted and replaced. Before we go through with any treatment, we’ll discuss all of your options with you so that getting your tooth treated doesn’t have to break the bank.
Contact Us for Emergency Dental Services
If you are experiencing an emergency at this moment, please call us immediately at 832-981-5901. We will respond expeditiously. The goal of our team is to give you the greatest comfort and the most effective treatment in the least amount of time. Call us in Houston for all of your dental emergency needs.
Dental Emergency FAQ’s
While there is no such thing as a good time for a dental emergency to occur, it at least helps to be as prepared as you can. Thus, you can limit the amount of suffering you have to endure and recover much faster. So you can have some peace-of-mind in these tough times, we’ve answered five questions that we’re frequently asked in regard to dental emergencies. Although our goal is to leave you more informed and empowered, we’re still here to help restore your oral health, so don’t hesitate to contact your dentist in Houston.
How do I know I’m having a dental emergency?
There are two basic types of dental emergencies: those that happen suddenly and others that develop over time. The sudden types are usually more obvious, like a knocked-out tooth or oral bleeding. However, a toothache can sometimes give early warning signs (such as occasional and increasing discomfort) before it reaches the more severe phases. The sooner you can recognize the symptoms and contact us to receive care, the less pain you’ll have to experience.
Are there steps I can take to prepare for a dental emergency?
In the event a dental emergency happens, here are some safety measures you can take to be ready:
- Keep some saline solution handy in case a tooth dislodges.
- A handkerchief will be useful for immobilizing a broken jaw.
- Keep a small container with a lid to temporarily house a dislodged tooth or any broken pieces.
- Always have some ibuprofen on-hand to help decrease inflammation and provide pain relief.
- Keep our phone number saved in your cellphone or posted in your home where you can easily locate it.
I don’t have dental insurance. Is there another payment option?
Dental emergencies won’t bypass you simply because you don’t have dental insurance. When one occurs, you need access to the vital care necessary for you to recover. If you’re more cost-sensitive, you have the option of applying for CareCredit. When you contact us, one of our staff members will be glad to provide you with more details about the program.
If the pain goes away, do I still need to schedule a visit?
Unfortunately, dental issues don’t right themselves on their own. Even if any pain that you’re experiencing eases, you shouldn’t consider the problem solved. You should still reach out to us to be examined and treated. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about the issue flaring-up in an even more painful or inconvenient manner.
Will the treatment be painful?
We know that many people have had negative experiences in the past that have left them apprehensive about receiving dental care. When you visit us for emergency dentistry, though, you can rest assured that whatever issue you’re facing will be addressed in a painless and effective manner. Therefore, you can leave our office fully restored and happy with your experience.
If you’re facing a dental health issue, your emergency dentist in Houston and trained staff are here to help, so don’t hesitate to contact us.