Emergency Dentistry - Spring, TX
Get Treatment the Same Day as Your Emergency!
When a dental emergency strikes, it’s not something you should put off. Whether it’s an oral infection caused by unremoved plaque and decay, or a broken or knocked-out tooth caused by forced trauma, both circumstances require professional attention. Dr. Kuykendall and his team will do everything they can to see you as soon as possible, ideally the same day. It could mean the difference between saving your tooth and needing a replacement later, so don’t delay; call our dental office to schedule an appointment for emergency dentistry in Spring, TX!
Why Choose Spring Dentist for Emergency Dentistry?
- Our Dental Office is Equipped to Treat All Dental Services
- Same-Day Availability – Convenient Dental Office Hours Including Fridays
- Multiple Sedation Options for Comfortable Care
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When a dental emergency occurs, most people aren’t exactly sure what to do. To start, you should always call our dental office to schedule an appointment. This way, you can get your issue handled sooner rather than later and you can speak with one of our team members who can provide additional assistance. Of course, you should then take the necessary steps to stabilize your condition until you arrive, which you can find tips for below.
Floss in between the tooth to confirm no food debris is causing the discomfort. If pain continues, take an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen. Just make sure to avoid aspirin, as this can cause a burning sensation. If any swelling is present, which is a common sign of an infection, apply an ice pack to your cheek in 10-minute intervals. The cause could be tooth decay, which would require removal and filling placement to resolve. Oral infections require root canal therapy, crown placement and antibiotics.
Any broken pieces of tooth should be saved and brought to the dental office. Take painkillers as needed and use an ice pack to reduce swelling. If bleeding is present, apply a gauze pad to the damage portion until it subsides. If the tooth is sharp as a result of the break, use wax paraffin to temporarily cover the tooth. When you arrive, we’ll assess the damage and determine if direct bonding, a crown, or an extraction is needed.
Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown portion. Avoid touching the root or removing tissue that’s still attached. After gently rinsing off any debris on the tooth, as well as rinsing your mouth out with warm water, place the tooth back into your socket. If it does not stay, you can also preserve the tooth in milk, saltwater or saliva for up to one hour. Take painkillers as needed and use an ice pack to reduce swelling. Get to our dental office as soon as possible to have the tooth reimplanted. Otherwise, a bridge or dental implant will be needed.
If you have lost the restoration, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until getting to our dental office. If you still have the restoration, apply clove oil to your damaged tooth and use a dental cement or denture adhesive to reapply the crown. While this is not a permanent solution, it can reduce discomfort and sensitivity which comes from having the damaged tooth exposed. In most cases, we will need to replace the crown, especially if it’s severely damaged.
The majority of dental emergencies can be avoided if you practice daily oral care and commit to routine dental cleanings and exams twice a year. This works to prevent plaque buildup, which helps you avoid tooth decay, the majority of cavities, and oral infections. Patients who participate in contact sports should be taking extra precautions to protect their teeth with a mouthguard. Additionally, you should never use your teeth as a tool as this can easily cause them to break, chip or even crack beneath the gum line.
The treatments designed to resolve your emergency can vary depending on the type and severity you’re experiencing. Therefore, the exact cost is not always easy to provide until our dental office has examined you more closely. An oral infection may only require antibiotics, but it may also need root canal therapy if t the damage is more extensive. A damaged tooth may need direct bonding or a crown to properly restore it. Regardless, the best way to determine cost is to schedule an appointment. The last thing you should do is put off your emergency and allow it to get worse!
Dental Emergency Frequently Asked Questions
Do you know what to do when a dental emergency occurs? Before you start to panic, your emergency dentist in Spring wants you to take a breath and know that we are here for you. That’s right! Our team is equipped and ready to handle your individual problem. From the moment you call and alert us to the situation to the time you leave our dental office, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Should you experience a crisis situation that involves injury to your teeth or gums, we want you to be prepared and have the confidence to handle the situation until you arrive at our dental office. This is why Dr. Kuykendall at Spring Dentist has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about dental emergencies for you to review.
Do I need to go to the ER with a dental emergency?
It’s not always easy determining if your specific injury is worth a trip to the ER or the dentist, so to help you better decide, know that if any of the following is occurring, get to your local emergency room as soon as possible:
- Bleeding that does not stop
- A broken or fractured jawbone
- Swelling that does not go down
No matter where you end up going, make sure to always contact us and alert our team to your current situation. If the situation is serious enough, we will tell you to seek treatment at an ER.
Do you accept same-day appointments for dental emergencies?
Absolutely! We are pleased to offer our patients same-day availability with convenient dental office hours include Fridays. We know dental emergencies can happy at any time, so don’t be afraid to call us when this happens to you. Our team members will walk you through what you should do at home and determine if you should get in to see Dr. Kuykendall right away.
What should I take to alleviate dental pain?
Depending on the situation, you will find the most relief by using a cold compress and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. Ice packs not only help to alleviate discomfort, but they can also reduce swelling should any occur. A pain reliever can make you more comfortable as you wait to receive treatment; however, if the pain is not subsiding but instead, worsening, get to your local emergency room.
Does insurance cover dental emergency visits?
Most dental insurance companies understand that accidents happen and when they do, you need coverage. You’ll need to check with your insurer to determine how much they will cover for these types of emergencies as well as the level of coverage for possible restorative dental work. If you’ve chipped, cracked, or knocked out a tooth, it will be necessary to fix it before the problem worsens.
If you’re unsure what your policy states or would rather have a member of our team work with the insurance company on your behalf, let us know and we’ll be happy to assist.
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