The key to saving a tooth in the event of a dental emergency is having it treated promptly. At Olive & Palm Dental, we are proud to offer same-day emergency dental care in Houston, TX. If your emergency occurs outside of office hours, feel free to give us a call anyway – we may still be able to see you or refer you to another practice. We also offer Saturday hours to fit our patients’ schedules and needs. Until you are able to receive treatment, there are steps you can take in order to give your tooth or teeth a good chance of being saved.
A tooth that is broken in some way could be susceptible to infection, so it is important to keep it as clean as possible. Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. Apply a cold compress to the face. Recover any tooth fragments, if possible, and bring them to the dentist’s office wrapped in wet gauze or a wet towel. You can apply a dental cement over the affected area to help alleviate pain and preserve the tooth.
When you have experienced trauma to the mouth, such as during a sports injury, prompt care is even more important. Contact your dentist at Olive & Palm Dental as soon as you can. In the meantime, make sure that the site is clean. If the tooth has been knocked out completely, retrieve it, if possible, and gently rinse it off with warm water. Do not use soap or touch the tooth root; handle it only by the crown. Try to put it back into place, but if this is not possible, store the tooth in a container of saliva or milk until you can see your dentist.
Clean the area with a wet cloth and use a cold compress to help with any swelling.
Move the jaw as little as possible. It could help to wrap a tie or scarf around the head to keep the jaw in place.
A toothache is another common complaint that could be considered a dental emergency. Toothaches can have many causes, so it’s a good idea to see your dentist soon to have the problem diagnosed and treated promptly.
If you suffer from a dental emergency, Olive & Palm Dental is available in Houston, TX to offer same-day emergency dental care.
Dr. Thaer Al Azzawi graduated from MSA University in 2010 and practiced dentistry overseas for several years before immigrating to the United States. He then graduated from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine with Awards for Excellence in 2015 with awards for excellence. His professional affiliations include the ADA, TDA and GHDS.