Have you recently been told that you or your child need to have your wisdom teeth taken out? It’s a safe bet to say that most people would gladly trade a little extra “wisdom” in exchange for not needing this procedure! But rest assured that wisdom teeth extraction is easier than you might think and also protects your long-term oral health in many ways. In this blog, you’ll find out why we get wisdom teeth to begin with and how having them taken out will contribute to a healthier smile.(more…)
January 12, 2019
December 4, 2018
Studies show that when you meet a person, your smile is one of the first traits that will be evaluated. Teeth stains can make an unfavorable initial impression, but with porcelain veneers, that problem can be eradicated. The benefits don’t stop there, though. Learn how the design of porcelain veneers make them resistant to future stains and the steps you can take to preserve your beautiful new smile!(more…)
November 4, 2018
Tooth sensitivity (also called dentin sensitivity) refers to the pain you feel when a tooth is exposed to extreme temperatures, sweet or acidic foods and beverages, or breathing in cold air. The sharp sensations can be unsettling, but thankfully, there is help available for you. Read on to learn what causes tooth pain, the ways to prevent it and how it can be treated.(more…)
October 4, 2018
A chipped tooth can impact the aesthetics and functionality of your smile. Thankfully, there are 3 ways to be restored. An added benefit is that each procedure requires only a short treatment process to complete. Read on to learn what your options are and their benefits!(more…)
September 18, 2018
Do you need a new dentist in Tomball? You have an important decision to make. You have unique oral health needs. Although there are many excellent options in the area, not all will meet you needs or your expectations. To make the process easier, there are 5 tips to follow to make the right choice for your smile.
August 10, 2018
If you find yourself with a sudden dental injury or pain, you may not know whether you should wait it out, call an emergency dentist in Tomball, or go to the hospital ER. You don’t want to seek emergency care unless you really need it, but you also don’t want to let something serious go. In this blog, you’ll get an idea for what truly constitutes an emergency and also learn how to handle some of the most common emergency situations. You can’t always prevent an emergency, but you can be prepared!
How Do You Know If It’s a True Emergency?
Some emergencies are medical in nature and require immediate treatment at the nearest emergency room. Examples include a head and neck injury, or a broken jaw. After you’ve been medically treated, you can call a dentist for any dental work that might need to be done.
For most other dental emergencies, the first step is to call an emergency dentist. They can tell you how serious the situation is and give you specific instructions over the phone about how to handle it until you can be seen.
How Should You Handle These Common Dental Emergencies?
- Broken tooth or filling – Gently rinse your mouth out and save any large pieces of your tooth if you can. If you aren’t in pain, you may not need immediate care, but it’s still important to schedule a visit as soon as possible. Your tooth will be much more prone to breaking again, possibly more severely, if it’s not treated. If you have a sharp edge, you can use dental wax from the drug store to temporarily seal over it.
- Knocked-out tooth – If you’ve knocked out a tooth, it’s crucial to see a dentist as soon as possible (ideally within 30-60 minutes). After you’ve spoken to the dentist, gently rinse the tooth off, making sure not to touch the root. Then try to put it back in its socket (facing the right way). Otherwise, you can put it in your cheek pouch or a glass of milk or water. The most important thing is that it stays moist.
- Toothache or abscess – A toothache or abscess usually means that there’s an infection present, which can be dangerous if its left untreated. Seek out dental care as soon as possible.
An emergency is never planned and often strikes at the most inconvenient time. But with these guidelines, you’ll be much better prepared to handle it!
About the Author
With over 40 years of experience as a general and emergency dentist in Tomball, Dr. James Geer has provided emergency care to countless patients. He knows how alarming dental injuries can be, so he’s made emergency care a priority to provide his patients with the best care at all times. If you have any additional questions about emergency care, he can be contacted via his website, or at (281) 357-4337.
July 31, 2018
Are you missing teeth and desire to regain the life you once had? The best method for restoring your digits and the ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence is dental implants in Tomball. Before you have the procedure done, though, there are some requirements that must be met to ensure that you have a successful outcome. As you read on, you’ll learn about them.
May 15, 2018
You’re tired of living without the full function of all your teeth, but what can be done about it? Your local dentist says the most effective way to restore your smile is with dental implants in Tomball, and as you read on you’ll learn the 6 simple steps to completing the process, which will allow you to once again speak with more clarity and enjoy a host of other benefits.
April 11, 2018
Everyone wants to keep a healthy, strong smile, but many don’t know everything that they need to do to maintain it. *Hint* It takes more than brushing your teeth every once in a while! A critical portion of smile maintenance is actually visiting your dental office for preventive care appointments.
Preventive dentistry in Tomball allows your dentist to catch oral health problems very early on so that they can be addressed, keeping your smile truly healthy for years to come. Learn more about why preventive care appointments with your dentist are crucial to keeping your teeth and gums strong and beautiful over the years.
March 13, 2018
It goes without saying that missing teeth can have a huge impact on your life. From feeling embarrassed about the gaps in your smile to being forced to avoid certain foods because they’re too difficult to chew, going without teeth is a huge hassle!
The good news is that we can help. We’ve provided dental implants in Tomball for many years and have seen firsthand the positive effects this procedure can have on our patients’ lives. Implants don’t only look and feel better than other tooth replacement options, they last longer, too. Keep reading to learn more!