For Dental Emergency Service In Houston Area Call
Toll Free 1.888.790.0309
Our practice has built its reputation on the exceptional quality of its dental emergency service. Our policy gives same-day scheduling to patients who require emergency dental service during business hours. For dental emergency service over the weekend, we have a doctor on call that can answer your questions over the phone, give you instructions, and see you in the office if your case is severe. After midnight, or if you are bleeding profusely, we urge you to first seek emergency dental service at the nearest hospital.
Many people may not think of losing a filling or crown as being serious enough to warrant dental emergency service. The fact is neglecting a lost filling or crown leaves a cavity exposed to air and bacteria that can cause subsequent infection without professional treatment. If you lose a filling, place a small piece of sugarless gum in the cavity or use dental cement from the local pharmacy. Call our office the next business day and come in for emergency dental service. If you lose a crown, retrieve it if possible. Next, purchase a small amount of clove oil from the grocery store and use a cotton swab to treat the exposed area. If you can temporarily reseat the crown with dental cement, do so, and call our office immediately to schedule emergency dental service. Never use any kind of glue to reseat a crown. Only use pharmacy-recommended dental cement and seek emergency dental service.
A fractured tooth requires obtaining emergency dental service as soon as possible. Clean the mouth with warm water and apply an icepack to reduce swelling. If the pain is severe, take ibuprofen, NOT aspirin. Call our office as quickly as you can and we will give your case top priority. We can repair a minor fracture with a sanding disc or by applying a composite bonding putty. If the pulp or enamel is damaged, more drastic dental emergency service will be needed to prevent tooth loss. Your dentist may place a crown on the tooth and take additional steps to prevent infection and tooth loss.
If your tooth has been knocked out, you must keep it moist until you reach our office because the dentist cannot reimplant a tooth that has completely dried out. Be careful to handle the tooth by the crown only and not by the roots, and remember to immediately rinse it off with warm water. Do not use soap or any abrasive substance on the tooth. Store the tooth between your cheek and gum to keep it warm and moist, call our office, and come as soon as the dentist can see you. If you fear you may swallow the tooth, wrap it carefully in a warm piece of soft cloth and submerge it in milk.
Dental emergency service should never be neglected regardless of how minor the injury may appear to be. For more information about our dental emergency service procedures and hours, call us at 888.790.0309 or feel free to Ask the Dentist.