What happens during a dental emergency?

  • Posted on: Jan 15 2022
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woman hand on cheek face as suffering from facial pain, or toothacheThe unexpected often happens at the most inconvenient time. By working with a dental practice that offers emergency care, you can rely on our team to be there when you need us! Smile Texas is pleased to offer Sugarland, TX area patients with immediate dental assistance during business hours.

What is a dental emergency?

Drs. Rick Kline and Bret Davis of Smile Texas describe a dental emergency as a situation that arises suddenly and requires the assistance of a dental professional to resolve. There are a number of considerations when it comes to what is considered a dental emergency. Below are just a few examples of situations when patients might need same-day care:

  • Knocked out tooth
  • Chipped/cracked tooth
  • Lost dental restoration (crown, bridge, etc.)
  • Broken dental restoration (dentures, oral appliances)
  • Soft tissue cuts/injuries
  • Trauma to the mouth/jaw
  • Severe toothaches

What treatment do I need for my situation?

Dental emergencies vary from one patient to another. It is important that the problem be evaluated by a professional first before determining the type of treatment. Certain situations, such as toothaches, might be caused by various issues, including cavities or infection. The treatment might be either a filling or a root canal, depending on the cause. With a proper diagnosis, our team can offer a treatment recommendation that suits the situation at hand.

Should I wait?

If you are unsure whether or not you need immediate care, we welcome you to call our office and speak to our dental staff about your situation. We can make a recommendation based on the information you provide us. Patients who do not need same-day care may instead schedule an upcoming appointment to address the issue if care can be held off.

How do I protect myself from dental emergencies?

It’s impossible to know when problems will arise, but there are a few ways to reduce your risk of experiencing a dental emergency. Visiting the dentist regularly will ensure that your smile is healthy and that your restorations are firmly intact and functioning as they should. If you participate in high-impact sports, you may also want to ask the dental team about the importance of wearing a custom mouthguard.

Call Smile Texas if you are dealing with a dental emergency

If you are experiencing a dental emergency and need immediate care, connect with Smile Texas by calling (281) 265-7645 and visiting at 4665 Sweetwater Boulevard, Suite #450 in Sugarland, TX.

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