Emergency Dentistry – Woodlands, TX
Urgent Dental Care for Hurting Smiles
Life can change quickly. One second everything is fine, and the next, you’re dealing with a toothache or a mouth injury. In those emergency situations, it can be difficult to know what to do. Unless you’ve suffered a break in your jawbone, or you’re bleeding longer than 10 minutes, your first step should be calling our dental office in The Woodlands. Our team at Solomon Dental Group can quickly set an appointment for you and provide the care your smile needs to get back to full health with emergency dentistry in The Woodlands, TX.
Why Choose Solomon Dental Group for Emergency Dentistry?
- Dental Insurance Accepted
- Patients of All Ages Welcome
- Several Sedation Options Offered
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
In addition to scheduling an urgent appointment, when you call our team, we’ll be able to provide specific guidance for dealing with your dental emergency until you come to our dental office. Here are some common dental emergencies you may face and how you can ensure successful treatment.
To make sure your toothache isn’t caused by food stuck between your teeth, floss around the sensitive tooth. If the pain persists, give us a call. Then rinse your mouth with water, take ibuprofen, and use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Do not place aspirin directly on the tooth because it can damage gum tissue. In many cases, a toothache indicates that tooth decay has reached the center of the tooth, which means that you may need a root canal.
Do your best to locate and collect the pieces of the tooth, and be sure to bring them with you to our dental office. You can use a cold compress to keep swelling down. If your tooth has sharp edges, you can apply dental wax to keep it from cutting your cheeks and lips. Our team will do everything we can to salvage the tooth, but if the damage is too extensive, we may need to remove the tooth altogether.
Time is particularly precious when a tooth comes out completely. Pick up the tooth at the crown—do not touch the root at all. After rinsing the tooth with warm water, try to put it back into the socket. Otherwise, you can store the tooth in milk or saltwater or in between your cheek and gums. Get to our dental office within an hour for the best chances of re-implantation.
If possible, find the restoration and rinse it with warm water before putting it back onto the tooth. If necessary, you can use a dab of toothpaste to hold it more firmly in place, but you still shouldn’t chew with that area of your mouth. Also, remember that this is just a temporary fix, and you’ll need to come into our dental office to have the restoration replaced as soon as possible.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Although a dental emergency can happen to anyone, no matter how well they take care of their smiles, there are ways that you can reduce the likelihood of a dental emergency. For instance, by diligently brushing twice and flossing once a day, you can keep plaque and bacteria to a minimum. In addition, your dental checkups and cleanings are necessary to prevent decay from causing your smile damage and pain. When you participate in sports, be sure to wear a mouthguard, and if you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep, wear a nightguard. If you need to open packaging, do not use your teeth—find the scissors or other appropriate tools. Similarly, you should avoid chewing on hard objects, such as ice, popcorn kernels, pencils, and more.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
At first, you may be tempted to try to “tough it out” and wait for your dental emergency to get better. However, unlike some medical conditions, oral problems never improve over time when they are left untreated. They only get worse. If you postpone treatment, you’ll only have to pay more to fix it later on. Because one dental emergency can differ greatly from the next, the cost of treatment will also vary on a case-by-case basis, but you can be sure that our team will work with your dental insurance and help you make treatment more affordable.
Dental Emergency FAQs
Dental emergencies are often stressful, but rest assured that the experienced team at Solomon Dental Group is always just a phone call away. We’ll not only arrange the first available appointment but also provide you with specific first-aid tips for your situation. In the meantime, keep reading below for answers to some FAQs that will help you prepare for your visit. And if you need an emergency dentist in The Woodlands or have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!
My Toothache Went Away. Do I Still Need To See an Emergency Dentist?
Any type of toothache, even one that comes and goes, needs to be evaluated. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that there’s a problem that needs to be addressed, and that problem will only get worse with time!
Also, keep in mind that there are cases where a toothache goes away because the nerve of the tooth is infected and has “quietly died” as a result. But while the nerve is dead and you won’t feel pain, the infection is still there and can become very dangerous (or even life-threatening) if it’s not treated.
Regardless of whether your toothache is mild or severe, we’ll diagnose its cause and create a treatment plan to relieve your pain and protect your oral health at the same time.
What’s the Best Way To Remove Something Stuck Between My Teeth?
First, swish with lukewarm saltwater several times to potentially dislodge the object (to make it, just dissolve ½ teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water). Next, gently but firmly floss between your teeth. Don’t use a sharp object like a needle or toothpick because you could slip and damage your tooth or soft tissues like your tongue or gums.
You may also try using a floss threader to work a piece of floss underneath the object and remove it from that angle. If you’ve tried all of these things and still can’t remove it, give us a call to schedule a visit.
How Can I Be Prepared For a Dental Emergency?
Unfortunately, dental emergencies are fairly common and can’t always be prevented. Since the best defense is being prepared, keep the following items on hand at home:
- Our phone number
- Saline solution
- Dental wax and temporary dental cement from the drugstore
- Waxed floss
- A clean handkerchief or bandana
- A small container with a lid
- Acetaminophen (Avoid NSAID pain relievers like ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen because they have an anti-coagulant effect and can lead to excessive bleeding.)
Can I Wait To Get Emergency Dental Care?
While some health problems like the common cold improve with time, dental problems only get worse. The sooner we see you, the more likely it is that your treatment will be simpler and less expensive.
A good example is calling us right away at the first sign of a toothache. In some cases, we can simply treat the tooth with a simple dental filling, whereas it may need a root canal and crown if you wait.
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