DENTAL EMERGENCY IN HOUSTON, TX

 

In life, it’s always best to be prepared. That’s true just not for the Boy Scouts, but for everyone. You have car insurance in case you get into an accident. If you get injured, you know to call 911. But what do you do if you lose a filling? Or if a crown falls off your tooth?

At the Antoine Dental Center, we want you and your family to be prepared. We offer a whole host of services to get your mouth healthy, and to keep your smile looking shiny and white. From Professional Teeth Whitening to Short-term Adult Orthodontics, you have many options. But one of the most vital services we offer is Emergency Dental Care.

But just knowing where to go is not always enough. There are some steps you can take which may end up being the difference between keeping a tooth or losing one.

WHAT CAN I DO BEFORE A DENTAL EMERGENCY

The first thing you should do is to save our number on your phone.

You can contact our team for a someday appointment at 713-691-8880. 

If you’re experiencing a Dental Emergency, you need to make an appointment as soon as possible. We have a team of dentists, and convenient hours, so we can get an appointment scheduled right away.

You may also want to consider putting together a dental first-aid kit. Inexpensive, prepackaged kits are readily available on the internet, or you can put together yourself.  you should have two kits.

Consider you should having two kits. Keep one at home, and one in your car.

Your dental emergency kit should include cotton balls, dental wax, floss, a product such as Orajel which can be used as an oral aesthetic (look for an active ingredient such as lidocaine or benzocaine), Dentemp or a similar temporary cavity filling mixture, and a container of Save-A-Tooth.

WHAT CAN I DO DURING A DENTAL EMERGENCY?

 

The most common dental emergency we encounter is lost or swallowed filling. First, don’t panic about swallowing the filling. As long as you haven’t breathed the filling into your lung, it should safely pass through your system in your stool.If you believe the filling is in your lung, you should contact your doctor’s office for an appointment. A filling in your lung could cause infection. Whether you swallowed the filling or not, you do not need to save it unless it is a gold filling. Be sure and keep the area in your tooth clean by gently brushing and rinsing. You’ll want to keep food out of the filling area and schedule a dental appointment right away.

Also, If the missing filling is causing you pain, you can temporarily fill with the temporary cavity filling mixture in your emergency kit. If you do not have access to Dentemp or similar product, you can use sugar-free gum to fill it. In conclusion, avoid using any gum containing sugar, as that can cause your tooth to become irritated or infected. However, if you’ve lost a crown, you should try and save the crown. After the crown is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected, we may be able to reuse it. Rinse the affected tooth gently and keep it clean. Finally, If it is causing you pain, you may want to use Orajel or another numbing product.

If a tooth has been knocked out of your mouth, you will want to save the tooth. Also if we can treat you quickly enough, we may be able to save the tooth. Leave any tissue on the tooth, but otherwise clean it. In addition, You’ll want to place the tooth in a container of Save-A-Tooth. If you don’t have Save-A-Tooth, you can place the tooth in milk or salt water, however, the tooth will likely die faster. If you’re experiencing a toothache, you’ll want to call our office right away. A toothache is your mouth’s way of telling you that something is wrong. In other words, listen to your mouth! Things which cause toothaches will only get worse if you ignore them.

You can swish warm water around the tooth to relieve pain and apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth. However, never use a hot compress! You’ll also want to avoid hot or cold beverages as they can make the toothache worse. If pain persists, take a mild, over-the-counter painkiller such as Tylenol or Advil. Avoid taking an aspirin based medicine because it can thin your blood, making you more likely to bleed during a dental procedure.

You may also want to consider putting together a dental first-aid kit. Inexpensive, prepackaged kits are readily available on the internet, or you can put together yourself. Ideally, you should have two kits. You should keep one at home, and one in your car. 

Your dental emergency kit should include cotton balls, dental wax, floss, a product such as Orajel which can be used as an oral aesthetic (look for an active ingredient such as lidocaine or benzocaine), Dentemp or a similar temporary cavity filling mixture, and a container of Save-A-Tooth.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call us at the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX to schedule an appointment. Our number is 713-497-1499. We have same day appointments available. Your emergency is our priority!

 

Common Questions Asked At the Dentist

  • Why Are Regular Dentist Appointments Important?

  • Visiting a dentist regularly is incredibly important for oral health because regular visits allow for  hygienists and dentists to spot oral health problems as early as possible so that they can be effectively treated. Regularly visiting the dentist’s office can also prevent many oral health problems thanks to cleanings and other treatments that help prevent cavities and gingivitis. Certain medical problems and health conditions can also be spotted at the dentist if they have symptoms which show up in your mouth or teeth. 
  • Why are my gums bleeding?

  • Gums typically bleed due to the presence of plaque along the gum-line. Plaque irritates the gums and causes bleeding. Your gums may also be bleeding due to excessive dryness/dehydration or other irritants.

  • What should I do if I knock my tooth out?

  • If your tooth is knocked out, pick it up by the top and never touch the root. Gently rinse your tooth in lukewarm water for about 10 seconds if there is any debris/dirt on it. Contact your dentist and see if you can be fit into an emergency appointment; tell the office what happened and they can instruct on whether or not you should try to reinsert the tooth yourself or bring it to the office.
  • I have sensitive teeth. What can I do?

  • You may benefit from using sensitive toothpaste or other dental treatment which can reduce your tooth sensitivity. You should consult with your dentist about your tooth sensitivity so that they can rule out tooth decay and come up with a proper treatment plan.
  • Why does my mouth feel dry?

  • Your mouth may feel dry for many reasons. One common reason is excessive breathing through the mouth, which causes dry air to dehydrate the gums and inside of the mouth. Certain medications and health conditions may also cause a dry mouth feeling.
  • Why am I in pain after a tooth extraction?

  • Even though you have been numbed during the extraction itself, your mouth and jaw will feel sore afterwards as the numbing agent injected into your mouth wears off. You can take OTC pain relievers to help relieve the pain or consult your dentist about a pain medication prescription.
  • My face is swollen, what should I do?

  • If your face is swollen, this is a sign of a possible tooth infect. Contact your dentist to set up an emergency appointment or go to an emergency room, as tooth infections can cause serious and even fatal health problems.
  • How do I find a dentist?

  • You can find a dentist by searching online for dentists in your area or by contacting your health insurance and asking them to find dentists in your area.
  • What will happen at my first visit to a dentist?

  • At your first visit to a dentist, your dental team will want to perform a basic evaluation of your mouth in order to get an idea of the current state of your oral health. They will likely examine your mouth with mirrors and a pick to test for gingivitis and signs of inflammation. They may or may not perform a basic cleaning depending on the appointment.
  • I am thinking about getting treatment overseas. Is this a good idea?

  • Generally, no, it is not a good idea. There are many potential complications and factors that play into receiving dental treatment overseas. For instance, many dental procedures require multiple visits to fully achieve the desired results, which mean you’ll need to a high budget to travel back and forth to the other country during an extensive treatment. You may also experience complications and be unable to go back to the original clinic.
  • Do I have to get a cleaning before the doctor works on me?

  • It depends on the type of treatment involved. In general, a doctor will need there to be no plaque on the exterior area of the teeth in order to perform an examination. If there is plaque present, then a hygienist can remove plaque before a doctor performs his examination. If there is bleeding or inflammation, a doctor will need to perform an examination in order to see if there has been any bone or gum loss.
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