Emergency Dentistry – Katy, TX
A Team Dedicated to Same-Day Treatment
Every time a dental emergency occurs, The Dental People does everything it can to make sure that you get seen the same day. Whether your emergency is caused by short-term trauma (such as a bad fall or sports-related accident) or long-term damage (from unremoved decay or a developing infection), our dental office can make immediate repairs in many instances. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call our dental office as soon as possible!
Why Choose The Dental People for Emergency Dentistry?
- Multiple Sedation Options for Nervous Patients
- Convenient Dental Office Hours – Including Saturdays
- Effective Crown/Bridge/Denture Repair Performed Same-Day
How to Handle Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies are not always easy to handle when you don’t know the proper steps. However, all dental emergencies should trigger a call to our dental office first and foremost. The last thing you should do is put off treatment and allow your condition to worsen! The sooner you call The Dental People, the sooner we can get you scheduled and treated for your issue. Afterward, take note of the following steps to address your emergency.
Use floss to remove any potential food debris between your teeth as the pressure can easily be confused with decay or infection. If the pain continues, take an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen to reduce discomfort. If your face is swelling, apply an ice pack to your cheek in 10-minute intervals. Upon arriving at our dental office, we’ll perform an exam, x-rays, and determine if we need to remove decay and place a filling or perform a root canal to treat an infection.
If your tooth is minorly chipped and no pain is present, you can wait until normal business hours to seek treatment. However, you should avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you get seen by our office. Take painkillers as needed, use an ice pack to reduce swelling, and apply either a piece of sugarless gum or wax paraffin to your tooth to avoid accidentally cutting your cheek, lips, or tongue. Depending on the damage, a dental filling or crown will be needed to restore your tooth.
Do your best to locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown portion only. Do not remove any tissue that’s still attached. After rinsing your mouth and gently rinsing the tooth of any debris, place the tooth back into your socket to preserve it. If not possible, keep it in milk, saltwater, or saliva until you get to our dental office. Try to arrive within the next hour to improve your chances of reimplantation. If we cannot save the tooth, a bridge or dental implant may be recommended.
Lost Filling / Crown
If the restoration is lost, apply clove oil to the tooth and avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you get to our dental office. If you still have the crown, you can reseat it to your damaged tooth with either dental cement or denture adhesive if necessary. This is only a temporary solution, which means you will still need to get to our dental office to have a replacement provided.
It is likely that dentures will become worn over time through constant use and may need to be repaired by our team. If you have noticed that your custom prosthetic is starting to feel poorly aligned, overly loose, or generally uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to contact us at once for a repair. In the meantime, try to eat softer foods and use a little denture adhesive as needed to keep your smile safely in place.
Contrary to popular belief, dental infections don’t always lead to pain right away. Additional symptoms that something is wrong include noticeable swelling in the cheek, increased sensitivity to hot/cold temperatures or pressure, and an elevated temperature or fever. We encourage you to contact our dental office right away if any of these symptoms are present. Before visiting us, the use of ice packs and a diet of soft, cool foods can help minimize any discomfort.
How to Prevent Dentistry Emergencies
While dental emergencies may feel out of your control, there are ways to prevent them. Daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine exams and cleanings at our dental office, can do wonders for your long-term health. While these steps will help you avoid oral infections and tooth decay development, you should also wear a protective mouthguard if you play contact sports, or a nightguard if we notice that you have an unconscious teeth grinding habit. Furthermore, you should never use your teeth as a tool as this can easily cause a dental emergency.
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of your treatment can vary depending on the extent of the damage the tooth has sustained. Without closer examination, it’s impossible to know for sure what your treatment will cost. For example, if you have a minimally chipped tooth, cosmetic bonding may be all that’s needed. If the damage is more extensive, a more expensive restoration like a crown will be used. If the tooth is infected but can still be saved, root canal therapy and antibiotics will be provided. Regardless of your needs, the longer you wait to have it examined, the worse your condition will become.
Dental Emergency FAQs
The team at The Dental People works hard to ensure you and your family receive the care you need, especially when a dental accident occurs. Since not all injuries can be avoided, knowing how to prepare for dental emergencies is essential. Where can you go to receive help? What should you do if you’re out of town? How can you minimize pain while waiting to see the dentist? To answer all these questions and more, check out the following frequently asked questions. If you need additional help, don’t be afraid to contact our office.
What should I do if a dental emergency occurs while I’m on vacation?
The best thing you can do while on vacation is to call a local dentist. Don’t wait until you return home to seek help. Depending on the severity of your problem, a nearby professional can remedy the situation and get you back to enjoying time with your family. Be sure to call and inform us about your injury so that we can decide whether you will need to come in for additional care when you return.
When should I visit the ER instead of a dentist’s office?
The emergency room might seem like an appropriate place to receive help, but you should only go if you are experiencing any of the following situations:
- Continuous bleeding from the mouth
- Severe facial trauma (i.e. broken/fractured jaw)
- Increased swelling that can potentially block your airway
Otherwise, you are better off waiting to see your emergency dentist. Just remember that no matter the problem, make sure to call our office. Our team can help you determine if you should come in right away, treat your problem at home, or get to an ER.
How can I best manage my pain?
The most effective solutions to managing your pain while at home is to use an over-the-counter pain reliever and a cold compress or ice pack. These will work to minimize discomfort and make it more manageable while you wait to get in and see one of our qualified dentists.
How does insurance handle my visit?
When arriving for your appointment, our team will begin the process of filing on your insurance. Depending on the type of restorative care you need, your insurance company will only pay a certain amount. This range can vary from 50-80% based on whether you need a major or minor service. A chipped tooth might require a dental crown whereas a knocked-out tooth may require a dental implant or fixed bridge, each of which incurs a different cost.
If you need assistance contacting your insurance company, our team can work on your behalf, so you can avoid unnecessary stress and instead, focus on your oral health.
Why is it so important to address a dental emergency?
An emergency dentist should treat your oral injury as soon as possible because it can lead to worsening problems. Although you may only be experiencing a lost dental crown or filling, leaving it untreated can make you more susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, and other serious infections. Any time damage is done to the teeth or gums, it is necessary to get help as soon as possible to avoid additional time and money spent attempting to fix a situation that has quickly escalated over time.