Emergency Dentist Houston 24/7
Are you currently going through a dental emergency at the most ungodly hour possible, and can’t find an emergency dentist Houston on your own? We’ve been there, too, so we know just how quickly you want the pain to end. Thankfully, you’ve landed in the right place to find the help that you need in order to stop Googling “walk in dentist near me” in your local or surrounding area.
Because we operate on a basis of 24 hours, your call will be immediately answered. We can book an appointment for you with one of the best 24 hour emergency dentist Houston dentists within as little as 24 hours. Instead of waiting for your regular dentist to open, give us a quick call at (855)-352-6790.
Everything You’ll Need to Bring to Your Appointment
One piece of advice we always give to patients before they go to their appointment, is to ensure that they are well aware of what they are walking into. By this, we mean either knowing how much the procedure is going to cost, or getting a general price range, or knowing whether or not your emergency dentist will accept your insurance.
Because emergency dentists have offices that are similar, if not identical, to regular dentistry offices, you’re going to have to make sure that you arrive before your appointment is due to begin. Arriving at least 15 minutes early for your appointment will give you enough time to ask any questions you may have and fill out any paperwork the office needs.
You should also bring as much information as you can with you, especially if this is your first time visiting this specific dentist. This includes recent dental records, such as x-rays, for example.
If you are taking any medications and/or have any allergies that you know of, make sure your emergency dentist is well aware of both. If there are multiple medications you are taking or you have a number of allergies, making a list of either, or both, is definitely preferable. Your emergency dentist will have a list to refer to that will help them make proper, informed decisions during your course of treatment.
Finally, if you have any anxieties about visiting the dentist, don’t worry about it. Almost all of the patients we have booked appointments for have expressed their worries and general anxieties. Because of this, the emergency dentists in our network have done everything in their power to make sure each patient we send their way is as comfortable as they can possibly be!
Same Day Denture Repair in Houston
Because we have denture lab technicians who work closely with the emergency dentists within our referral network, same day denture repair in Houston and emergency denture repair Houston are now a reality. Patients who have their appointment booked through us can have their current set of dentures repaired, or be fitted for a new set if their current pair is beyond saving, on site and on the same day.
Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies don’t have a timely schedule to adhere to, so expect the unexpected at the worst possible time they could occur. In fact, they always seem to rear their ugly head’s when a regular dentist is either nowhere to be found or they’re all closed down for the night.
It’s important that patients know and fully understand that a lot of the most common dental emergencies happen because of underlying issues that you either were not aware of until the pain started, or because you didn’t think that toothache would turn into a full-blown abscessed tooth. Surprise, it did!
It’s also important to know the difference between minor common dental emergencies and major dental emergencies that require immediate attention. Some of the more minor common dental emergencies include lost fillings, problems with soft tissues and loose braces, while some of them major common dental emergencies include severe toothaches, knocked out teeth, and oral abscesses.
Lastly, it’s extremely crucial that you know when you need an emergency dentist versus when you need to get immediate help from your local emergency room. If you had an accident or an injury and received head trauma, for example, go to the emergency room or call 911 as soon as you can!
What You Need to Do When You Lose a Tooth
If you’ve had a tooth come out as a result of an injury or a general accident, now is the time to find that tooth! If the tooth is fully intact and hasn’t broken, make sure you pick it up by the crown to ensure that you don’t damage the root.
Next, if this is possible and the tooth isn’t broken or too badly damaged, there is nothing wrong with trying to put it back where it came from. Be careful, however, to not damage the tooth or the site where it fell out of. Putting it back will help to preserve it until you can get to the emergency dentist.
Unfortunately, this is not always an option, but that doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck. Placing the lost tooth in a cup of either milk or water will work just as well, too.
There are a ton of instances where a tooth can become knocked out or otherwise dislodged, but it’s important to remember that head trauma equals going to your local emergency room, not to the emergency dentist!
Abscessed Teeth and Oral Infections
When it comes to having an abscessed tooth or any oral infection whatsoever, there is no time to wait. They tend to originate from a badly chipped tooth that isn’t able to be properly cleaned by your toothbrush. Oral infections are a lot more dangerous than the majority of patients realize, which is why we always put out a warning.
Oral infections, especially abscessed teeth, can turn from a time-sensitive, ticking time bomb into a full-blown infection of the blood that will have you in the emergency room.
Abscesses of the mouth look identical to a pimple. If you see one, or even if you think you see one, you need to call us right away so we can book you an appointment with one of our emergency dentists.
Losing a Crown or Filling
We get calls from patients just like you almost daily about losing a crown or a filling, so don’t become frantic if either should happen to you. Unfortunately, this is a simple dental emergency that can turn into something straight out of a nightmare.
If you have lost a crown or a filling, make sure you go to your local drug store and speak to a pharmacist or someone who works there. You should be asking about dental cement or a temporary solution to your lost crown or filling. Either way, you are going to need something to fill that hole until it can be fixed by the emergency dentist.
Leaving a tooth wide open after a crown or a filling has come out is an extremely reckless thing to do. For one thing, eating food, regardless of whether it’s soft or hard, with an open tooth is playing roulette. You can cause some massive damage to the open tooth that may result in you having to get an emergency extraction procedure conducted, which brings us to our next category.
Going for an Emergency Tooth Extraction
Having a tooth pulled isn’t exactly an ideal situation for anyone, but it has to be done sometimes. Fortunately, it’s important to remember that, before your regular or emergency dentist is completely sure it has to come out, they will do everything they possibly can in order to save that tooth and keep it in your mouth.
Unfortunately, not all teeth can be saved. If your emergency dentist has made the decision to have the tooth removed, here is what you can expect to happen.
First, your emergency dentist will use a general anesthetic to properly and fully numb the area. Once the area is completely numb and your dentist has confirmed with you that you are unable to feel that area, the procedure will begin. Either he or she will rock the tooth back and forth in the socket to remove it, or the tooth will be broken up into pieces if it proves difficult to remove.
Where aftercare and healing time are concerned, you must follow all the instructions given to you by the emergency dentist to the exact letter. The extraction site will heal within a week or two as long as you stick to the aftercare instructions like your life depends on it! If you ignore the aftercare rules, however, you run the risk of developing an oral infection.
The Emergency Room vs. The Emergency Dentist
Sometimes it’s not always clear whether or not you are in need of your local hospital’s emergency room or if you need to get an appointment to see an emergency dentist. Because your emergency may be one that’s time-sensitive, it’s important to quickly distinguish which one you need to go to.
Emergency rooms are equipped to deal with everything injury-related, except when it comes to the majority of dental emergencies. They can, however, deal with certain instances, such as extractions, for example, but they are nowhere near equipped enough to deal with more complicated dental procedures. Don’t expect your local ER to save your teeth!
Emergency dentists, on the other hand, can save your teeth and help you with whatever dental emergency you’re going through. They can’t, however, help with any trauma you may be dealing with, especially when it comes to your head.