Emergency Dentist - Upper Kirby, TX
Experiencing Dental Pain? Call Us Now!
Emergencies of any kind are not known for being pleasant experiences, but dental emergencies can be extremely stressful since patients don't always know what their next steps should be. At West U Dental Smiles, we always want patients to have a place to turn in case of pain, trauma, or other dental emergency. Dr. Neda Dodig is happy to offer patients of record her direct contact number, if they are at risk for an emergency especially following oral surgery or other advanced procedures. She also welcomes patients from the West University Place and Greenway area and throughout Houston to contact our office during a dental emergency. After hours contact information can be accessed here. Our team is here when you need us most.
What do I do in case of a dental emergency?
First, stay calm. Call West U Dental Smiles right away. Our team will be happy to offer pain management tips, and start planning your treatment right away. If you experience dental trauma that may affect other areas of your overall health, believe your jaw is broken, or have a cut that doesn't stop bleeding for one or more hours, proceed to your nearest emergency room. Call our team on the way, and we'll be happy to work with you and the hospital to ensure any dental services are handled with the high level of skill you deserve.
Common Dental Emergencies
We take our patients' word for it when they call to let us know they're experiencing an emergency, but if you're not sure the experience you're having is an emergency, some of our commonly treated dental emergencies include:
- Avulsed (knocked out) teeth
- Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
- Abscessed teeth
- Soft tissue lacerations
Emergency Dentist FAQs
Do you know how you can relieve your pain and protect your teeth before you get to the emergency dentist in Houston? Dr. Dodig can help make sure that you have all the information you need to prepare for a dental emergency. These are just a few of the questions that patients ask; you’re likely to have other concerns specific to your own dental needs and those of your family, so don’t be afraid to bring them up the next time you visit our office.
Can a Missing Tooth Be Replanted?
It can be extremely alarming to lose a tooth in an accident. It may be possible to replant it, but only if you get to our office quickly. Once you realize a tooth has been knocked out, immediately locate it. Pick it up by the crown so that you don’t damage the roots. After calling and making an emergency appointment, you can rinse the tooth and try putting it back in your mouth; if you can’t for whatever reason, you can store the tooth in your cheek or in a glass of milk. (Never keep it in water.) Try to get to our practice within an hour of the accident; the quicker, the better!
Is a Broken Tooth an Emergency If It Doesn’t Hurt?
Believe it or not, breaking your tooth doesn’t always result in immediate pain. However, that doesn’t mean you can afford to ignore it. The inside of the tooth might have been exposed and could be attacked by the harmful oral bacteria that lives in your mouth. This can easily lead to tooth decay, and the longer you go without treatment, the more you risk an infection that could compromise the tooth altogether. If you don’t want to lose your tooth, you should visit your trusted dentist in Houston right away so that the damage can be assessed.
What Should I Do If I Have a Toothache?
There might be some food fragments between your teeth that are causing the pain, so try and remove them by brushing and flossing. Aspirin can help relieve the pain, but do not let the medicine touch your gums. You can also put garlic or clove oil on the tooth as a temporary measure. A toothache rises to the level of an emergency if the pain is severe or lasts more than a couple of days; you might need a root canal or even an extraction to prevent an infection in the tooth from spreading to other parts of your body.
What Should I Do If I Lose a Filling?
A filling is meant to protect a damaged tooth, so it will need to be replaced right away. You can use dental cement from the grocery store or the pharmacy to temporarily take the place of the filling until your appointment. Avoid biting or chewing with the damaged tooth; in particular, you should stay away from anything that contains sugar, since it could lead to severe pain if it touches the area around the cavity.