in Webster TX
Everyone has had the experience of having dental emergencies and having to go to the emergency room, where you wait to be seen for hours on end in an uncomfortable waiting room. When you suffer your dental emergency, you’ll have a staff at Clear Lake Dental Care that will be ready to take care of you! We are always ready for the unexpected, and when your dental emergency arises, you should trust us to fix your painful problem. Both Dr. Das and Dr. Pham are masters of their trade and want to do everything possible to help you achieve the perfect smile even if it’s a dire emergency.
What is the benefit of coming to Clear Lake for my dental emergency?
Many dentists claim to have emergency service, but when you call them after you’ve broken a tooth during a pickup football game on a Saturday afternoon, you get an answering service. And then hopefully you’ll get a call back in a timely fashion.
Many people go to the emergency room when that call doesn’t come. That’s not a good idea. Emergency rooms aren’t meant for dental issues; they are meant for body trauma and body injuries.
It’s a far better idea to call our office, as we provide on-call service for any dental emergency. This applies 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Simply call (281) 985-5301 and our team will be contacted immediately. We view emergency dental care as just another one of our core services.
Emergency Dentistry At Clear Lake Dental Care
Dental emergencies such as a lost filling, broken teeth, and a severe toothache should get immediate treatment. We know that emergencies happen, and if you are in Webster, TX, or the surrounding areas, please call Clear Lake Dental Care immediately if you are suffering from:
- Knocked-out tooth or teeth
- Broken, Chipped, or Cracked Teeth
- Bitten Lip or Tounge
- Tooth loss
- Injury or bleeding in the soft tissues of the mouth
- Cracked tooth
- Inflammation or pain in the cheeks, face, and mouth
- Ongoing tooth pain even after taking pain relievers
Don’t delay treatment. Doing so can lead to more serious dental problems, including the spread of infection. Here are some ways to deal with this kind of dental issue while on your way to emergency care.
What makes Clear Lake Dental Care different for dental emergencies?
Ever since Dr. Das founded Clear Lake Dental Care back two decades ago, he has viewed dental emergency treatments as an important part of the care we provide for our patients. As noted above, it makes no sense going to the emergency room for a dental emergency. That’s not what they’re set up to treat.
At Clear Lake, we have three dentists — Dr. Das, Dr. Pham, and Dr. Acevedo — so we have the ability to help you out at all hours in an emergency. That way, you’ll get the care you need whenever you need it.
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What constitutes a dental emergency?
Our teeth are tough, but they aren’t indestructible. Dental emergencies can be obvious, such as if you knock a tooth out when slipping on a wet floor. Other issues such as sensitivity probably aren’t emergencies, but they could be.
Not many people put seeing the dentist high on their list of things they like to do, but it’s important that you don’t ignore dental issues, as that can make dealing with them in the future more difficult.
Some things, such as a knocked-out tooth or a broken tooth, are obvious dental emergencies. We need to see you and get that tooth back in place to have the best chance of saving it. Others aren’t obvious. For instance, facial swelling usually isn’t an emergency.
If you wonder whether your dental problem that just occurred is an emergency situation or not, call our office and talk with the on-call person. Then you’ll get an idea of the next step, whether it means you need to come in immediately or if it can wait until the next business day.
See your dentist right away to increase the chances of getting the knocked-out tooth reattached.
1. Handle the tooth with care.
2. Hold it by the top part (the crown) and gently rinse with running water.
3. Try to place the tooth back in the socket and keep it in place using a piece of gauze.
4. If it’s painful or uncomfortable to keep in the tooth socket, put the knocked-out tooth in a container of saliva or milk.
Broken, Chipped, or Cracked Tooth
Most dental emergency cases are because of toothache or pain. This can be caused by trauma, infection, cavities, or erupting wisdom teeth. A visit to your dentist can help find the cause of the pain and lasting relief with tooth extractions, sedation dentistry, and other dental treatments.
For severe and life-threatening injuries, please call 911 or, if possible, go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room. Your dentist in Webster can treat traumatic dental injuries, including lost, chipped, or knocked-out teeth as well as toothaches.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
Baby Teeth loss
Possible Broken Jaw
Sedation Dentistry: will I be sedated?
If you are not comfortable with needles and drills, have sensitive teeth or gums, or have a strong gag reflex, it can be helped by dental sedation. Our patients tend to feel no anxiety or discomfort during the treatment after they’ve had one pill or injection. They often have little-or-no memory of the visit.
Sedation allows people to feel comfortable about undergoing complex and lengthy procedures. When under sedation, it can seem to patients that lengthy procedures have lasted for only a few minutes. Another benefit of sedation dentistry is that extensive treatment can be done in only one or two appointments.
Although sedation produces a relaxed state, it does not have the same effect as anesthesia, which is used for most dental procedures. A patient will still require an injection of local anesthesia to eliminate the pain caused by the procedure. Sedation simply helps relieve the nervousness and anxiety that often accompany a visit to the dentist. A patient is usually sedated prior to getting anesthesia to reduce any anxiety about its injection.
What can happen if I don’t have a dental emergency treated?
Some people don’t know if what just happened to their tooth or teeth constitutes an emergency. They worry the dentist will minimize the situation and tell them to call back during office hours.
That’s a bad idea, and that’s why we encourage our patients who think they may have a dental emergency to call us at (281) 985-5301. Let us decide if we need to see you immediately.
Otherwise, you’ll likely make a bad situation worse. For instance, if you knock out a tooth and we can see you within 60 minutes, there’s a good chance we can save the tooth. A tooth we see within 60 minutes can be attached to the adjacent teeth on each side with what we call a splint. This will keep the tooth in place for several days. If that happens, most teeth can reattach to the bone in about three to four weeks. Teeth with more damage are still savable, but they may require a little more time.
A knocked-out filling is another issue. It probably isn’t an emergency, but if you choose to not treat it by the next business day, you’re simply opening the center of the tooth up to the invasion of bacteria. Obviously, the tooth already had decay — that’s why it had a filling — and the filling may have come loose as more decay has formed. Leaving the filling out of the tooth ensures you’ll have more decay, and you could end up losing the tooth to extraction.
We Are Here For You
One thing that we want to remind you about at Clear Lake Dental Care is that our main goal is to serve you. In doing this, we make sure that we offer efficient dental emergency services that will have your dental emergency treated as quickly as possible. Our dental emergency procedures at Clear Lake Dental Care are just one way we show our appreciation to you. Why take a chance at another dental practice that may not be able to treat your dental emergency in a timely manner, leaving you to suffer in pain even longer? At Clear Lake Dental Care, you will be our number one priority when it comes to the treatment of your dental emergency.