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Emergency Dentistry – Houston, TX

Quick Relief for Dental Pain

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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 dental office 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 dental office immediately for emergency dentistry in Houston, TX!

Why Choose Palmer Dental Group of Houston 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

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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 dental 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:


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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 dental 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

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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.

Knocked-Out Tooth

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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 dental office in less than an hour.

Lost Filling/ Crown

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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

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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

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The price of your emergency care will depend on what kind of treatment is needed and how severe the damage is. Our dental office 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.

Dental Emergency FAQs

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Reading up on dental emergencies can help you remain calm should you one day experience a damaged or infected tooth. Below are some of the most common questions we hear from patients about emergency dentistry. If you have any additional questions or want to talk to an emergency dentist in Houston, do not hesitate to contact our office!

My Chipped Tooth Doesn’t Hurt. Do I Still Need to Visit a Dentist?

Chipped teeth can potentially leave the inner area of a tooth exposed, which increases the risk of infection. In addition, chipped teeth can also break further without professional attention. For these reasons, you should definitely schedule an appointment with Dr. Palmer if you have chipped your tooth -- even if you are not experiencing any tooth pain. While you may not need to rush straight to our office, do not wait to pick up the phone and schedule an appointment for the near future.

Should I Place My Knocked-Out Tooth in Water?

While you can clean a dislodged tooth by rinsing it with water, avoid placing it in water while you make your way to the dentist’s office. Water can damage the root surface cells of teeth, reducing the chances that your dentist in Houston will be able to reattach it. Instead, try gently placing the tooth back into the open socket. If that doesn’t work, place the tooth in a secure container with either milk or saline solution. Milk contains proteins that stimulate the growth of tooth root cells and prevents roots from swelling.

Should I Go to the Emergency Room?

Dental emergencies can cause a lot of pain, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should head to the emergency room. In fact, local ER staff often do not have the specialized tools or knowledge to effectively respond to a dental emergency. That is why we recommend patients with a dental infection or injury contact an experienced emergency dentist in Houston like Dr. Palmer instead. After hearing about your unique situation, Dr. Palmer will let you know if you should book an emergency dental appointment or seek medical attention at the emergency room.

It’s important to note that there are three main exceptions where an ER visit is a better option: jaw fractures and dislocations, serious cuts or lacerations to the face or mouth, and infections or abscesses that swell and cause difficulty breathing.

What Should I Put in My Dental Emergency First Aid Kit?

Preparing a small first aid kit can help you take action quickly in case of a dental emergency. You can store your first aid kit in your car, at the office, or even in your purse or travel bag. Here are the essential items for every dental emergency first aid kit:

  • Latex-free gloves
  • Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen
  • Individually wrapped gauze pads
  • Small container with a secure lid
  • Dental adhesive
  • Contact information for an emergency dentist in Houston

Does My Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

While every plan is different, most dental insurance plans provide some coverage for emergencies. For example, if you have a severely damaged or infected tooth, your insurance will likely cover 50% to 80% of the cost of root canal therapy or an extraction. In addition, the emergency visit itself may be fully covered by your insurance. However, because insurance policies can change from year to year, it’s always a good idea to confirm your coverage with your provider before committing to any emergency treatment. If you need assistance, our knowledgeable team will be happy to help you understand the details of your insurance plan and work to maximize your benefits