Emergency Dentist – Katy, TX
At the Ready When Dental Disaster Strikes
A dental emergency can turn a fun day into a stressful and painful situation. At Katy Family Dentists, Dr. Joey Hall and Dr. Blaire Marshall treat dental emergencies both swiftly and effectively. Our dentists have experience in dealing with a wide-range of emergencies. Plus, our office has state-of-the-art technology and sedation options to give you up-to-date treatment in the most comfortable way possible. If you or a loved one is experiencing dental discomfort, contact our office right away to get out of pain!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
There are 2 major categories that make up dental emergencies. The first is physical injuries like broken or lost teeth from physical trauma, sports, or other accidents. The second kind of emergency is an infection, which slowly develops from lack of at-home oral healthcare. Oral infections can lead to toothaches and complicate existing dental issues. If an emergency occurs, you should always call our office, but it’s important to know what to do next. Here are the best ways you can handle these common dental emergencies:
If you get a sudden pain in one of your teeth, try rinsing your mouth and flossing around the area. Sometimes, the cause can be something as simple as food debris. However, if your pain continues, contact us as soon as possible for treatment as it could be a serious infection that requires a root canal.
If you chip or break your tooth, use wax or even sugar-free gum to cover and protect your injured tooth until you can visit our office. You should apply a cold-compress on the outside of your face to numb pain and reduce swelling for the time being.
If your tooth gets knocked-out, pick it up by its crown and rinse it off. There may be a chance it can be replanted, so you should try to place it back in your socket by holding it steady with your tongue. If this isn’t possible, try to keep it moist in milk or water until you can see Dr. Hall or Dr. Marshall. The sooner you can visit our office, the more likely your tooth can be replanted.
If you lose a crown or filling, you can use dental cement or adhesive to reattach it. It’s important that you seal this area because your previously treated decay will be susceptible to sensitivity. Once You’ve protected the affected area, contact us immediately.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While dental emergencies can’t be completely prevented, there are some ways you can minimize your chances. Use these tips to protect your smile:
- Wear an oral appliance (mouth guard) if you play sports or grind your teeth.
- Avoid using your teeth as tools to open packages, bottles, and other non-food items.
- Be careful not to bite down on hard candy or ice cubes.
- Visit our office for routine checkups and cleanings to make sure your mouth is as healthy as possible.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Unfortunately, there is no way to estimate the cost of dental emergencies because of the many variables involved. While some cases may be able to be resolved with prescription medicine at home, other issues may require more significant treatment. The cost of treating dental emergencies can also depend on your insurance. At Katy Family Dentists, we are proud to accept insurance and offer an affordable financing plan to give you quality dental care that is affordable, too.