Dr. Tammie Thibodeaux and Dr. Katherine Price, and their skilled, friendly team will put their experience and professionalism to work for you. Whether you need restorative, preventative, cosmetic, or emergency dentist work, you’ll be satisfied with our quality care, attention to detail, and emphasis on comfort in Humble Emergency Dentist in TX.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Your dental health is important to us. Therefore, we’d consider any dental problem, especially those that cause pain, a dental emergency.
If you question whether or not you need immediate dental care, you probably do. Contact Summer Creek Dental to answer any questions and offer advice.
Some Common Dental Emergencies Include:
- Toothache from dental decay.
Over time tooth decay will get worse unless treated. If tooth decay reaches the nerve, the pain may be severe.
It’s normal for gums to bleed occasionally and minimally while cleaning, such as flossing. If your gums are swollen and frequently bleeding in a specific area, you may have an infection.
When you least expect it, an infection might reach a “boiling point.” Swelling of the face, head, and neck is possible. An infection can be fatal, so you should treat it as quickly as possible, regardless of the time of day.
Periodontal disease is a serious gum disease caused by bacteria in the gums. Plaque, tartar, and bacteria buildup cause inflammation of the gums that separate the teeth and gums. If left untreated, gum disease can progress to the point where it affects your teeth, gums, and jawbone. The condition can be quite painful, necessitating immediate dental treatment. Untreated periodontal disease can predispose individuals to several systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, oral and colorectal cancer, gastrointestinal diseases, respiratory tract infection, pneumonia, adverse pregnancy outcomes, diabetes and insulin resistance, and Alzheimer’s disease, among others.
- Metallic taste in your mouth.
A filling or crown may have come loose if you taste something metallic. This shouldn’t be left untreated for too long to avoid infection or higher cavity risk.
- Toothache from bruxism or teeth grinding.
If you clench your teeth throughout the day or grind your teeth at night, it can cause toothache, hypersensitivity, and tooth damage.
- Broken, loose, and displaced teeth.
Your teeth might crack and break, causing a lot of pain. In these instances, it’s usually preferable to get treatment as quickly as possible. We can replace fully-displaced teeth, including the root, in some situations, but you must get care as soon as possible.
What You Can Do at Home to Treat a Dental Emergency
In general, you can do a few things at home to relieve any dental pain and promote healing. We only recommend these treatments until you can receive professional dental care.
- Apply a hot, then cold compress to the cheek where the pain occurs.
- Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain reliever such as Tylenol.
- Rinse with saltwater.
Before taking a pain reliever, check on recommended types and doses with your doctor.
Here are some specific home-care treatments which can help:
For broken, loose, and displaced teeth.
If the displaced tooth is whole, make sure you handle the tooth by the crown (the top) and not by the root. Rinse it clean without scrubbing it, as it could damage the delicate root section. Place it back into the socket and keep it there until treatment. This can prevent the reattachment cells from dying.
If it doesn’t go back into the socket, putting the tooth in a cup of warm milk can sometimes keep it in good condition until you reach professional care. If a portion of your tooth has broken off, keep all the pieces you can locate and bring them to the dentist as soon as possible.
Rinse your mouth with a mild saltwater solution many times each day to relieve pain and encourage healing (half a teaspoon of table salt in eight ounces of water). Please get in touch with us as soon as possible to set up an appointment for treatment.
Summer Creek Dental Humble Emergency Dentist
Whether you need humble emergency dentist because of pain or a cosmetic concern such as a missing tooth, give our office a call day or night to reach one of our staff members who can triage your concerns and you get the proper treatment as soon as possible.
Contact us today. We’ll help you keep the pain away.