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COVID-19 has shut everything down, especially now with the Harris County “Stay Home Work Safe” order. But what do you do if you lose a filling? Or if a crown falls off your tooth?
At the Antoine Dental Center, we want you and your family to be prepared. We offer a whole host of services to get your mouth healthy, and to keep your smile looking shiny and white. One of the most vital services we offer is Emergency Dental Care.
Antoine Dental Center will be one of few dental offices in Houston that will be operating under the Emergency Services Sector. Providing Emergency Dental and Urgent Dental Care to the entire city.
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Whether you need a new dental home or are looking for a Houston dentist near you that offers comprehensive dental services under one roof, we can help. Antoine Dental Center welcomes new patients and offers convenient appointment hours.
You may benefit from braces if you have good dental health, good general health and are interested in a straighter, healthier smile. Contact our local Houston dental office today! Our expert in dental braces in Houston will work with you to determine if you are a candidate.
What can I do during a dental emergency?
The most common dental emergency we encounter is lost or swallowed filling. First, don’t panic about swallowing the filling. As long as you haven’t breathed the filling into your lung, it should safely pass through your system in your stool. If you believe the filling is in your lung, you should contact your doctor’s office for an appointment. A filling in your lung could cause infection. Whether you swallowed the filling or not, you do not need to save it unless it is a gold filling. Be sure and keep the area in your tooth clean by gently brushing and rinsing. You’ll want to keep food out of the filling area and schedule a dental appointment right away.
Also, If the missing filling is causing you pain, you can temporarily fill with the temporary cavity filling mixture in your emergency kit. If you do not have access to Dentemp or similar product, you can use sugar-free gum to fill it. In conclusion, avoid using any gum containing sugar, as that can cause your tooth to become irritated or infected. However, if you’ve lost a crown, you should try and save the crown. After the crown is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected, we may be able to reuse it. Rinse the affected tooth gently and keep it clean. Finally, If it is causing you pain, you may want to use Orajel or another numbing product.
If a tooth has been knocked out of your mouth, you will want to save the tooth. Also if we can treat you quickly enough, we may be able to save the tooth. Leave any tissue on the tooth, but otherwise clean it. In addition, You’ll want to place the tooth in a container of Save-A-Tooth. If you don’t have Save-A-Tooth, you can place the tooth in milk or salt water, however, the tooth will likely die faster. If you’re experiencing a toothache, you’ll want to call our office right away. A toothache is your mouth’s way of telling you that something is wrong. In other words, listen to your mouth! Things which cause toothaches will only get worse if you ignore them.
You can swish warm water around the tooth to relieve pain and apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth. However, never use a hot compress! You’ll also want to avoid hot or cold beverages as they can make the toothache worse. If pain persists, take a mild, over-the-counter painkiller such as Tylenol or Advil. Avoid taking an aspirin based medicine because it can thin your blood, making you more likely to bleed during a dental procedure.
You may also want to consider putting together a dental first-aid kit. Inexpensive, prepackaged kits are readily available on the internet, or you can put together yourself. Ideally, you should have two kits. You should keep one at home, and one in your car.
Your dental emergency kit should include cotton balls, dental wax, floss, a product such as Orajel which can be used as an oral aesthetic (look for an active ingredient such as lidocaine or benzocaine), Dentemp or a similar temporary cavity filling mixture, and a container of Save-A-Tooth.
Make an Appointment!
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call us at the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX to schedule an appointment. Our number is 713-766-6915. We have same day appointments available. Your emergency is our priority! We like to keep it simple!
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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.