Dental emergencies are, by nature, unplanned. They often have the tendency to happen at the most inconvenient times too, like the night before your child’s school photo or a few days before an important work trip. If you’re struggling with a severe oral injury and/or dental pain, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Mark Lawton here in Greater Inwood, Houston for fast assistance. Better yet, we’re also happy to serve patients from Jersey Village, Cypress, The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, The Heights, Spring, and other surrounding communities.
Our team works hard to fit these urgent cases in as soon as possible on the same day we receive your call, providing focused restorative care and effective pain relief so that you and your family can return to a normal schedule in record time. In the meantime, here’s how you can improve your situation before you arrive.
Floss in between your teeth to remove potential food debris, then take an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen if discomfort continues. If decay is present, we can perform a cleaning and potentially place a filling if needed. If an infection is present, root canal therapy may be needed.
Keep any pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to the office. Avoid chewing any food until you get to our office if possible. Take ibuprofen and apply a cold compress to your cheek for 10 minutes at a time if swelling is present. We will either restore the tooth or remove it if the damage is tooth severe, but only as a last resort.
Do your best to find the missing tooth and pick it up by the crown portion only. Avoid touching the root or removing any tissue still attached. After gently rinsing the tooth of any dirt or debris, place it back into your open socket to keep it preserved. You can also place it in milk or salt water for up to one hour. Get to our office as soon as possible to have it reimplanted.
If you still have the restoration, you can temporarily reseat it to your tooth using dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum if nothing else is available. This will protect your damaged tooth until you get to our office. Do not chew food for the time being. If discomfort occurs, take ibuprofen and schedule a visit with us as soon as possible.
Dental emergencies can be largely avoided when you practice these habits below. While it’s impossible to avoid all dental emergencies, you can reduce your risk by:
While your emergency care costs cannot be determined until you arrive at our office for an exam, we strongly encourage you to visit for care. The cost of your treatment will vary depending on the severity of your issue. For example, tooth pain could be due to decay, or it could be due to an infection. Both come with their own unique costs. With that said, we are currently in-network with many major dental insurance providers and we will do what we can to maximize your benefits. Even if you don’t have insurance, you can also take advantage of third-party financing services so you don’t have to put off your necessary care simply due to cost.