Emergency dental issues are an inconvenience and can cause a lot of pain. However, there are steps you can take to minimize pain and prevent infection. You must seek emergency dental services to help you recover quickly and avoid additional dental issues as a result. Consider the information below if you need emergency services now or want to be prepared in case you have a dental emergency in the future.
The Causes of Emergency Dental Issues
Dental emergencies can happen at any time. You may fall, bite on hard or sticky food, or have a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. Grinding your teeth while you sleep or suffering from the aftermath of a car accident can also cause dental emergencies. Oral abscesses are a concern, too. These occur in the gums for a variety of reasons, and they can occur without warning. Regardless of how you incur your injury, it is important to get immediate care and treatment.
Your Emergency Dental Issue Can Get Worse
If you do not deal with your dental emergency immediately, it can get worse. You increase your chances of infection the longer you wait to get help. This infection can spread to the rest of your body through your blood. You might need more extensive work down the road because dental issues can spread and cause other problems in the mouth. You risk permanent damage as well. With dental pain, infection, and other problems, you are more likely to miss a lot of work or school.
This Is What You Need to Do
You can take acetaminophen if you have pain. It is best to avoid ibuprofen or aspirin, which can thin out the blood. You can use warm salt water to help clean your mouth and minimize pain. If your mouth is bleeding, you can bite on gauze for 10 minutes or until the blood stops.
If you have lost a tooth, rinse it off. You can put your tooth back into its socket if it’s easy to do. If this is difficult to do, you can put it in a small plastic bag or container with either milk or water with a little salt in it. We might be able to help you preserve your tooth, but you will need to call us immediately.
If you have lost a crown, bring it with you when you come in. We can fit you with a temporary one while making you another one if you have lost yours. If you have lost a filling, you can put sugar-free gum or a temporary filling on your tooth.
We Provide Emergency Dental Services
We understand that dental emergencies are important, which is why we offer same-day dental emergency services. Contact us immediately, and we will try to get you in as quickly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, let us know. We offer several forms of dentistry and orthodontics, in addition to our emergency services.
These are some services we include:
- Veneers to protect your teeth
- Implant-supported dentures
- Cosmetic dentistry services
- General Dentistry
- Pediatric dentistry services
- Maxillofacial surgery
If you need emergency dental services or routine services, call Lovett Dental Northside at 713-691-5551. We will help you with your emergency or whatever else you need. If you are usually afraid of going to the dentist or have anxiety as a result of your emergency, we offer sedation dentistry to help keep you calm during your visit.