Emergency Dentistry – Deer Park, TX
Broken teeth and severe oral pain usually require immediate attention. Dr. Mosley and the rest of our team at Deer Park Dental - Gregg Mosley, DDS will make arrangements to bring you into our dental office as soon as possible so that we can get started on developing your treatment plan. Your smile will be in the capable hands of a dentist that has been serving Deer Park for nearly 30 years. As soon as you notice that something is wrong in your mouth, get in touch with us immediately for emergency dentistry in Deer Park, TX!
Why Choose Deer Park Dental - Gregg Mosley, DDS for Emergency Dentistry?
Dental Office Environment
- Accurate Diagnoses & Complete Treatment Plans
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
If you can’t get to our dental office immediately, you’ll need to know how to take care of your mouth while you’re waiting. There are many different kinds of emergencies – some are caused by poor brushing and flossing while others happen suddenly due to trauma. Knowing how to properly respond to different situations will let you prevent the damage from getting worse while also keeping yourself as comfortable as possible. Below are some first-aid tips for dealing with common urgent dental issues.
Get rid of any food that might be trapped in the gaps between your teeth by flossing gently. You can reduce the pain with medications like ibuprofen. Be prepared for root canal therapy; this treatment is usually the best solution for stopping the pain of a toothache and preventing the damage from spreading further.
Hold a piece of gauze over a broken tooth to stop any bleeding. (You will need to call an emergency room if the bleeding cannot be controlled). If there are any jagged edges that could irritate the soft tissues in your mouth, cover them with dental wax. We’ll always try to repair a broken tooth when possible, although extraction is an option in extreme cases.
Find the tooth immediately and handle it by the crown (the end used to bite and chew). You’ll need to have an appointment immediately; the chances of a replanting the tooth will be much higher if you get to our dental office within the hour. Keep the tooth safe by either placing it back in its socket or storing it in a glass of milk.
Take the filling or crown out of your mouth; you don’t want to swallow it by accident. You can try and reattach a crown with store-bought dental cement, but only a dentist will be able to make permanent repairs. In the meantime, if your tooth is sensitive, you can soothe it with clove oil.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
It’s impossible to completely avoid the risk of an oral injury or infection, but there are several ways to make an emergency much less likely to occur:
- Be careful what you bite down on. Peppermints, ice, fingernails, pen tips, and other hard objects can wear down or even fracture teeth.
- Wear a mouthguard when playing any kind of sport.
- Ask your dentist about nightguards that can prevent your teeth from grinding together while you’re asleep.
- Brush and floss at least two times every day (or ideally after every meal).
- Make sure you visit our dental office in Deer Park at least every six months for cleanings and checkups.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Obviously, the price of receiving a filling or a dental crown will be very different than the price of root canal therapy or a tooth extraction. Our friendly team will work with you to figure out the cost of your treatment. Remember that your dental insurance can help you pay for many kinds of emergency treatment; we are in network with Delta Dental and SunLife, but we can help you file a claim for a different insurance company as well.
Emergency Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about emergency dentistry? Should a problem like a broken tooth or sudden toothache occur, the right information can help you stay calm and collected during this potentially scary situation. That’s why we’ve decided to answer some of our most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies for your benefit. Keep reading to learn more about these kinds of dental problems so that you and your loved ones can be better prepared.
When Should I Go to the Dentist vs the Hospital?
Dr. Mosley, your trusted emergency dentist, is skilled in a variety of treatments, including those related to urgent dental issues like a knocked-out tooth. Most hospitals don’t have a dentist on staff, so they don’t possess the required training and equipment to deal with dental emergencies. You should only visit your local ER for your dental problem as a last resort, such as if you have swelling that impacts your ability to breathe or swallow, profuse bleeding that lasts longer than 15 minutes, or a broken or dislocated jaw.
Why Does Putting a Knocked-Out Tooth in Milk Help?
If you cannot place your dislodged tooth back in its socket, we highly recommend storing it in a container full of milk until you can reach our dental office. Why? It is significantly easier to reattach a knocked-out tooth if the roots have been kept moist. While water can certainly help, milk is chock full of proteins that stimulate the growth of new tooth root cells and prevents the roots from swelling or becoming damaged even further.
How Can I Prepare for a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies typically happen when you least expect them. While you can’t always prepare for the unexpected, you can make the situation a little easier ahead of time by creating a dental emergency kit with the following items:
- Piece of paper with our contact information
- Small container with a secure lid
- Small bottle of acetaminophen
Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help with the Pain?
Yes, store-bought pain relievers can help to temporarily alleviate the discomfort caused by certain dental emergencies. However, just because you are able to relieve the pain doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also seek treatment from your emergency dentist to address the root of the problem and prevent your pain from making a resurgence.
If you are bleeding inside your mouth, we suggest taking acetaminophen. Why? Both ibuprofen and aspirin actually thin out your blood, so these medications can actually result in even more profuse bleeding.
If you have a toothache, do NOT place aspirin directly on the sore tooth. Doing so can actually irritate the site, ultimately worsening your pain.