Emergency Dentist – Houston, TX
Quick Relief for Dental Pain
If you or a loved one is suffering from sudden or severe oral pain, your first step should always be to call Dr. Palmer. He’ll arrange to see you as early as possible so that your teeth and gums can get the urgent care they need. Our practice offers plenty of treatments and procedures – such as tooth extractions, root canals, and dental crowns – that can save your smile and protect it from further damage. Don’t delay if there’s an emergency; contact our office immediately!
Why Choose Gregory Palmer, DMD & Associates for Emergency Dentistry?
- Dentist That Helps You Stay Comfortable Throughout Your Treatment
- In-Network with All PPO Dental Insurance Plans
- Patients of All Ages Welcome
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
First, it’s important to recognize what counts as a dental emergency. Some are a result of poor oral hygiene while others are caused by sudden physical trauma. In general, you should make an emergency appointment any time a tooth has been damaged or if there’s intense pain or swelling. When you call our office, we can give you some first-aid advice for taking care of the tooth until Dr. Palmer can treat it. Here are some general tips to keep in mind:
A toothache that lasts more than a couple of days or is accompanied by a fever could be caused by an infection that will require a root canal. Until you can get to our office, control the pain with ibuprofen and similar medications, and keep your head elevated at all times. If there are any food particles trapped between your teeth, remove them with dental floss.
Chipped/ Broken Tooth
Bring the broken fragments with you if you still have them. Apply a gauze pad for about ten minutes to stop any bleeding. Avoid chewing with the side of the mouth where the damaged tooth is located. Most broken teeth can be repaired with crowns and fillings, but an extraction might be needed on occasion.
Find the tooth quickly and pick it up by the crown. Rinse it off and try to put it back in its socket; if it doesn’t fit, keep it between your cheek and gums, or place it in a glass of milk. There’s a very small window of time for us to try and replant the tooth, so try to get to our office in less than an hour.
Lost Filling/ Crown
If your tooth is sensitive, apply some clove oil. Save the crown/filling if you can; we can reattach it if it’s still intact. You can buy over-the-counter dental cement to put the restoration back onto the tooth, but remember that this will only be a short-term solution.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While we can help you recover from a dental emergency, obviously it would be better if you avoided the need for urgent care in the first place! If you want to keep your teeth safe, be sure to:
- Wear a mouthguard while playing sports or at night if you grind your teeth.
- Avoid biting on hard foods such as ice and peppermints as well as inedible objects like packages.
- Brush at least two times each day and floss daily.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The price of your emergency care will depend on what kind of treatment is needed and how severe the damage is. Our practice is in-network with all PPO dental insurance plans, so you can rest assured that you’ll receive any benefits you’re entitled to. Of course, our primary goal will always be to stop the cause of your dental pain and reverse any damage that has occurred so that your teeth can continue to function normally.