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You have the decision to make when you have a dental health concern. Is it a concern that can hold a few days, enough to book a regular appointment at Antoine Dental Center, or is it a dental emergency requiring immediate action?
We’ve provided a set of guidelines below to represent a variety of situations that we consider emergencies. If you fit these criteria, we recommend you come into our Houston, TX office for our top-notch, highly accessible emergency services.
What Are Dental Emergencies?
Problems with your teeth or oral health that require immediate attention are considered dental emergencies. At Antoine Dental Center, our emergency dental services can treat various dental issues like:
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Severe toothache
- Broken jaw
- Permanent tooth loss
- Damaged dental restorations
- Sports-related injuries
- Gum pain
- Object caught between teeth
Untreated dental emergencies can lead to further complications for your smile if not addressed by your dentist, Dr. Behzad Nazari.
Signs & Symptoms of Damaged Teeth
Knowing you have sustained damage to your tooth can be chipping one of your front teeth or knocking out a tooth entirely. But the damage can also be much less noticeable. Cracks can be slim and not visible to the naked eye while still causing short- and long-term problems if left untreated.
Keep an eye out for the following symptoms, and remember, if in doubt, give us a call to explain your situation, and we’ll provide you with expert advice.
- Sensitivity to cold and hot food and liquids
- Sensitivity to air
- Pain that worsens over time or doesn’t abate.
- Pain while chewing or when otherwise touched
In Case of Parts or All Teeth Falls Off
Our preference for dealing with missing or broken teeth is to save your natural tooth if we can. Rinse the tooth to remove any debris and place it back in your mouth, as the saliva will help it remain salvageable for longer. If returning the tooth to your mouth isn’t an option, then immediately submerge the tooth in cold milk or salt water.
Remember that time is of the essence when saving a broken tooth, so immediately after you’ve followed the advice above, head to our dental office for emergency care. Mere minutes can make a huge difference in our ability to successfully re-implant your tooth.
In The Case of Dental Fillings Chipped/Fell Off
Fillings can be chipped or broken without being completely knocked out of their socket. This can happen when grinding leads to tooth wear over time, when bacteria infect the area around the fillings and lead to a severe infection, or when your fillings are past their expiration date.
Call Antoine Dental Center for emergency care if your filling falls out or is chipped. Our dentists will start their examination immediately, taking detailed X-rays to decide on the best treatment.
Treatment for a lost filling varies according to the situation. Sometimes we can replace it with another filling, and our experts will guide you through your filling material options. Other times, we may choose a root canal procedure and use a fix like a dental crown to restore your tooth.
Treatments For Dental Emergencies
Our trained emergency dentists will evaluate a situation quickly and accurately and develop treatment plans for each patient that comes to our Houston dental office. Treatment for broken, fractured, or missing teeth will vary.
- If you have a severe infection in your dental pulp, we may have to conduct a root canal procedure to remove and replace it with a dental filling. We may hold off on taking that action right away if your dental pulp can recover naturally without infection. Short-term solutions include placing a temporary crown over the tooth while we assess the best long-term option.
- Dental crowns can restore chipped teeth to their original smooth appearance, so you don’t have to worry about permanent damage to your smile.
- To care for severely broken teeth, our dentist may perform a root canal procedure or decide on tooth extraction, depending on the situation.
- If you lost teeth, dental implants, bridges, and dentures may be an ideal solution for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I need emergency dental care?
A dental emergency can happen unexpectedly at any time of the day or night. If you’re dealing with one or more of these symptoms, you require emergency dental care:
- Bleeding or lacerated gums due to trauma sustained to the mouth
- Teeth that have been knocked out or noticeably loosened
- Teeth that are severely cracked or fully broken
- Trouble closing your mouth or bringing your upper and lower jaws together causes you pain. Mouth injury can affect your jaw, gums, and teeth.
- Sustain any trauma to the mouth from accidents, collisions, or playing sports.
If you aren’t sure whether your problem qualifies as a dental emergency, find a place that provides emergency dental care or visit emergency care to seek treatment immediately.
What if I lose part or all of my tooth and can’t recover it?
If you’ve lost all or part of your tooth and can’t find it (this often happens when you lose a tooth while chewing), don’t panic! Visit your dentist for emergency dental care, and they’ll administer treatment for any pain you may be experiencing. Your dentist can go over options to replace permanently lost teeth.
Missing teeth can push your remaining teeth out of alignment, cause your jaw to weaken, and lead to disorders like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which is caused by uneven chewing. A missing tooth can also impact your speaking and chewing abilities.
What can I do to minimize the possibility of sports-related injuries?
You should invest in a mouthguard if you play a sport with a high likelihood of collisions. Mouth guards help prevent cracked or broken teeth. While you can buy them at most sporting goods stores, we recommend visiting your dentist for a consultation and a mouth guard customized for your teeth, including special mouth guards for those who wear braces.
What are other sources of dental pain?
Not all tooth pain comes from a tooth being fractured, broken, or knocked out. One potential source of pain is a dry socket, which qualifies for emergency treatment. A dry socket is an inflammation of a tooth socket and can happen after a tooth extraction if the healing process is disrupted. Dry sockets can cause both sharp and dull pain and require professional treatment to heal.
An abscessed tooth is another possible source of oral pain — it stems from a bacterial infection inside the tooth itself. There are both tooth abscesses and gum abscesses. If you suspect having an abscess, it’s best to quickly seek dental treatment since untreated abscesses can lead to a severe infection.
What are the symptoms of an abscess?
In addition to pain, which can range from a low level to a very high level, abscesses may cause any of the following symptoms:
- Swelling and redness in the gums
- Extreme dental sensitivity to temperature
- Swollen lymph nodes in your jaw and neck area
- Bad taste in your mouth
If you’re in severe, significant pain, you should visit your dentist for emergency dental care.
Need Urgent Care? Visit Antoine Dental Center!
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call our emergency line at (713) 766-6915 for a same-day appointment. Our calm and expert dentists at Antoine Dental Center’s emergency services will explain treatment options and the best short-term and long-term treatments to ensure you are comfortable with and understand your care.
To schedule your consultation with our Houston dentists for non-emergency dental services, call our practice today at (713) 691-8880. You can also request more information through our online contact form. We’re proud to serve patients in Aldine, Independent Heights, Northside Village, and Eastex/ Jensen, TX.
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Dr. Nazari is a Houston dentist with 21 years of experience serving Houston area patients. His career began as a pharmacist after graduating from Texas Southern University in 1991. He then decided to pursue dentistry, eventually graduating with honors and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas at Houston Dental Branch in 1998. In 2000, Dr. Nazari envisioned an all-in-one dental health center that could serve patients of all ages with a variety of dental and orthodontic services. That is when he founded Antoine Dental Center, which has since served thousands of patients in the greater Houston area.
Dr. Nazari teaches that oral health is best facilitated with comprehensive preventative care. He believes it is never too late for a healthy, beautiful smile. His dedication to excellent care has led him to complete over 1,800 hours of continuing education, with more than 500 hours in orthodontics, occlusion and TMJ correction alone. He is a proud member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, the Greater Houston Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry. He holds certificates in orthodontics, implant dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, and he is a Kois Center graduate. When he is not in the office, Dr. Nazari can be found reading or swimming with his wife and two children, Camyar and Ava. They also enjoy a good movie from time to time.
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