Emergency Dentist – Tomball, TX
We Can Help If Your Tooth is Damaged
A true dental emergency can be scary, which is why it’s important to get help immediately from an experienced dentist you can trust. Dr. Geer has been practicing dentistry since 1977; he’s knowledgeable in many different treatments and has experience treating all manner of oral health problems. If you have a damaged or missing tooth, or if you’re suffering from a severe toothache that’s been bothering you for a couple of days, contact our office immediately; we’ll get you the care you need as quickly as possible!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
There are two major kinds of emergencies: those that are caused by poor oral hygiene (infected teeth and gums) and those that are a result of some kind of physical injury (damaged or knocked-out teeth). Either way, it’s important to know what to do in these situations to mitigate the damage before you can get to our office.
If your tooth hurts, try flossing around it to dislodge any food particles that might be stuck. If that doesn’t work, the pain could be the sign of an infection. You’ll need treatment from a dentist to solve the problem entirely (such as a root canal for particularly severe cases), but in the meantime over-the-counter medication can control the pain, and ice packs can reduce any swelling.
Sometimes a broken tooth might bleed; hold a piece of gauze over the wound for 10 minutes at a time until it stops. Do not bite or chew with the damaged tooth. In most cases, the tooth will be repaired with a dental crown, but if this isn’t possible it might need to be extracted.
You’ll need to get to our office within an hour to give yourself the best chance of saving the tooth. Never pick the tooth up by the root; only grab the end that’s usually visible when you smile. Put it back in its socket if you can, but if you can’t you can use a glass of milk or a saline solution to help preserve it.
You might be able to fix a crown temporarily with some dental cement, but this is only a temporary fix until we can perform proper repairs or provide a replacement. The exposed tooth might be sensitive or fragile, so don’t chew with it. If there are sharp edges, cover them with dental wax.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Good oral hygiene is the key to avoiding infected teeth. Brush at least twice a day, or after every meal if possible; a fluoride-based toothpaste is the most effective at fighting cavities. You should also floss at least once every day to clean the areas that a toothbrush simply can’t reach. Be wary of eating too many sugary or starchy foods that could encourage decay.
Do not bite down on ice or other overly hard foods, and never use your teeth to open packages; these practices could potentially crack your teeth. If you play any sports (especially contact-heavy sports like football), always wear a mouthguard.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Every emergency is different, so naturally different treatments will incur different costs. Don’t worry; we’ll give you a reliable estimate of the final price and will do everything we can to make sure that you get the most out of your insurance benefits.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
No one ever expects a dental emergency to happen to them, but it’s actually quite common. Whether a toothache wakes you up at night or you knock out a tooth, you need to act fast! Unfortunately, if you’re like many people, you probably don’t know what to do, and you likely have several questions. Don’t worry, your emergency dentist is here for you. We can walk you through first aid over the phone, and we’ll address your concerns during your appointment. While you wait, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear.
Should I go to the emergency room?
You might believe the emergency room is the best place to go when needing immediate dental care; however, there isn’t much the hospital can do. Unless you suspect you have a broken jaw or you have a medical emergency, you should go to your dentist. Most emergencies rooms aren’t equipped to handle dental emergencies, so they can’t treat the underlying issue. The best course of action is to perform first aid at home and call our office.
Can I wait to see my dentist?
No one has time in their day for an unplanned trip to their dentist. Although your life is busy, don’t wait for a more convenient time to schedule an appointment. If you wait too long, you might lose your tooth. Instead, it’s best to contact our office right away. We use the latest innovations in dentistry to reduce your time in the chair, so you can get back to your day.
Should I have my tooth extracted?
Extracting a tooth will eliminate the problem at the source; however, it opens the door to a new list of complications. Losing even a single tooth can have devastating consequences for your oral health because you’ll lose density in your jawbone. This increases your risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss. Not to mention, your self-esteem will also suffer. To maintain a complete smile, you’ll need to invest in a dental prosthetic, which can be expensive.
You can avoid these issues by saving your tooth. Sadly, there are times when a tooth can’t be restored. If Dr. Geer can’t rehabilitate your tooth, he’ll discuss your replacement options, like a dental implant. This replaces the entire structure of your tooth to keep your jawbone strong and healthy. It can also last for a lifetime with the right care, so you’ll never need to worry about paying to have it replaced.
How much will it cost?
There isn’t a set fee for emergency care because the price is based on your individual treatment plan. Many dental insurances cover emergency dentistry. We’ll file the necessary claims to maximize your benefits to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. If there’s a remaining balance, our office accepts several payment options, like third-party financing with CareCredit. We will help you find the solutions you need to keep your care affordable, so you can reinstate a healthy, beautiful smile.