Emergency Dentistry – Sugar Land, TX
When You Need Dental Care Right Away, We’re Here for You
There are many dental problems that you cannot afford to ignore, such as persistent oral pain or an injury that has resulted in a broken tooth. Make sure you have our number in your cell phone so you can call Dr. Chandra for an emergency appointment as soon as you realize you need urgent care. When you need relief right away, it can give you peace of mind to have a warm, welcoming, modern dental practice to turn to.
Why Choose My Smyle Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- State-of-the-Art Dental Technology
- Patient-Centered Dental Care
- Comprehensive Treatment Under One Roof
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
As soon as a dental emergency has occurred, there are two important steps you need to take. The first is to make an emergency appointment, as dental emergencies will grow more severe over time unless they’re treated. The second is to take whatever steps are necessary to keep your mouth safe until you’ve been properly treated. Every emergency is different, but the following tips cover what you should do during some particularly common emergencies.
Use dental floss to remove anything caught between your teeth; if the pain doesn’t go away after that, take over-the-counter pain medication. Sometimes a toothache might be accompanied by swelling, which you can reduce by applying an ice pack to the area.
Chipped/ Broken Teeth
Even if the tooth in question doesn’t hurt, it may still be at risk for infection, so make an appointment as soon as possible. Avoid hard and crunchy foods altogether; if you need to eat, chew with the opposite side of your mouth. Cover rough edges with dental wax to protect the inside of your mouth.
Find the tooth immediately. Pick it up by the crown and rinse it off without touching the root. The tooth needs to be kept moist, so either put it back in its socket or store it in the space between your cheek and gums; in a pinch, you can also put it in a sealed container full of milk.
Lost Filling/ Crown
Recover the restoration if possible. It’s best to place it back on the tooth if you can, although only a dental professional will be able to permanently reattach it. To keep a loose crown in place, you can apply a small amount of toothpaste as an adhesive.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
You can’t prevent every dental disaster. Nevertheless, you can lower the risk of experiencing a dental emergency by practicing good oral hygiene – in other words, by brushing and flossing every day while keeping up with your biannual checkups. You can also protect yourself from sports-related accidents with a mouthguard, and we can give you tips for breaking potentially harmful habits like nail-biting.
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
You shouldn’t have to worry about the cost of dental care while you’re dealing with your pain. You can trust us to only recommend treatments that are truly needed to help you find relief. Every patient is in a different situation; some might just need a filling or a crown, while others might have to have a tooth removed and replaced entirely. Whatever treatment you need, we’ll make sure that you are fully informed about the costs and your options for payment.
Root Canal Therapy
The root canal is the chamber that contains the soft tissues of the tooth. When the tissue becomes infected, it can eventually spread beyond the roots and compromise the entire tooth. Root canal therapy helps stop the pain and prevents the damage from getting any worse, thus saving the tooth. Don’t be fooled by its reputation; modern treatment techniques have made this procedure far more comfortable, especially when performed by a dentist known for their gentle touch.
Many cases of chronic jaw pain and headaches can be linked to a TMJ disorder. The TMJ refers to the little hinges just under your ears that allow your jaw to open and close. Like any joints, the TMJ can become misaligned, injured, or otherwise dysfunctional. If you want to stop the pain such a disorder causes, you need to get in touch with our office as soon as possible so that we can devise a treatment plan, such as oral appliance therapy.