Emergency Dentistry - Humble, TX
Immediate Care for Hurting Smiles
Dental emergencies are actually more common than you might think. Unexpected tumbles, sports-related injuries, and motor vehicle accidents lead to damaged and broken teeth all the time. No matter the situation, if you or a loved one are dealing with a dental injury and/or severe oral pain, you can always turn to Progressive Dental Group to get the urgent care you need. We strive to see emergency patients as quickly as possible in order to provide immediate and long-lasting relief with emergency dentistry in Humble, TX.
Why Choose Progressive Dental Group for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-day appointments available for emergency patients
- Root canals & extractions all performed in-house
- Experienced team provides fast & high-quality care
Unparalleled Experience & Qualifications
Both Dr. Jose Cabrera and Dr. Silvia Vargas have been in the dental field for almost 20 years, and in that time, they have pretty much seen every dental emergency you can imagine. That means, no matter what your situation might be, you can trust that they have helped countless patients navigate it before. They also continually invest in the latest dental technology, enabling them to find, diagnose, and treat dental problems in less time than ever, which is certainly useful in an emergency!
Dental Accidents & Facial Trauma
In the case of a broken, dislodged, or fully knocked out tooth, make sure that you call our dental office immediately. The following steps will help you manage the situation and give us the best chance of saving the tooth:
- Try to recover as much of the tooth as you can.
- Gently rinse it with water—do not wipe it off or dry it!
- Attempt to place the tooth back into the victim’s mouth until you can make it to our dental office.
- If this doesn’t work, place the tooth in a container of milk or saltwater. The tooth must remain wet until we can see you to keep it viable for reattachment.
Dental Emergencies Due to Oral Care Neglect
Without a consistent oral hygiene routine, it’s almost inevitable that someone will develop severe dental pain. It’s also possible for small cracks to form in the enamel as well, leading to a bothersome toothache that seemingly has no cause. If you’re in need of relief from a painful tooth, be sure to:
- Start by rinsing and flossing around the tooth to dislodge anything—like a stray piece of food—that might be stuck and causing the pain.
- If this doesn’t help, call Progressive Dental Group.
- Until you can reach us, a cold compress placed on the face or an OTC pain-reliever can help with any discomfort.
If a tooth sustains a traumatic injury or develops a cavity that goes untreated for a long time, the sensitive inner layer (called the dental pulp) can easily be exposed to bacteria and develop an infection. This is where the nerve of the tooth is located, so as you can imagine, this type of issue usually causes quite a bit of pain. To provide relief and save the tooth, a root canal is usually the best answer.
For this procedure, we simply remove the damaged pulp, clean the tooth, replace the pulp with a filling material, and then rebuild the enamel with a restoration. Fortunately, thanks to local anesthetic and dental sedation, this often-feared procedure is now no more painful than getting a small filling!
While extracting a tooth is never our first choice, it’s absolutely the best thing we can do in certain dire situations. We may recommend that a tooth be removed if:
- It has a cavity that’s too large to be repaired with a filling or crown.
- It is so broken that it cannot be put back together.
- Advanced gum disease has damaged the bone supporting the tooth.
We know an extraction can cause many patients to worry, but with the help of local anesthetic and sedation, most patients report feeling next to nothing at all!
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Most people simply don’t have enough room in their mouth to fit the wisdom teeth, which are actually a third set of molars that usually start to come in around the late teens or early twenties. Because of this, they usually end up pressing on the surrounding teeth, causing pain, impaction, and higher risks of infections as well. If you or your child are dealing with wisdom tooth pain, we can safely and effectively extract these teeth here at Progressive Dental Group, saving you from having to visit an expensive oral surgeon.
Emergency Dentistry FAQ’s
Dental emergencies can be surprising but knowing your next steps will allow you to handle them and keep your smile safe. That’s why we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies. Keep reading to satisfy your curiosity and ensure the health of your smile.
What is Considered a Dental Emergency?
Because dental discomfort is fairly common, you may be wondering how to know if you’re actually having an emergency. The easiest way to tell is if your pain is taking away your focus from normal parts of your life. More obvious emergencies include, broken teeth, cracked teeth, lost teeth, lost crown, and other sudden dental injuries. If you feel pain in a tooth without trauma, try to floss around the area. If there is still discomfort, don’t hesitate to contact our office.
When Should I Visit the ER?
In most dental emergency situations, you should visit our office because we are ready to handle a variety of issues. However, some emergencies will require an immediate visit to an urgent care facility. If you experience a jaw injury, problems with breathing, uncontrollable bleeding, deep facial wounds, or any other life-threatening issues, you should go to the ER right away. These emergencies may require general medical attention, which is why it’s important to get urgent care.
How Soon Do I Need to Visit the Dentist?
A dental emergency is definitely an urgent problem requiring immediate care. Unlike other medical conditions that can get better with time, dental problems will only grow worse. For instance, prolonging treatment for a tooth infection could result in an extraction rather than a simple root canal. As soon as you notice pain or a change in your smile, you should call our office so we can give you the proper next steps to take for a safe set of teeth.
Can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?
While dental emergencies are never completely preventable, there are some steps you can take to minimize your risk, including:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session
- Flossing once a day to remove plaque and food from in between your teeth
- Visiting our office at least twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings
- Using a mouthguard during sports or physical activity
- Avoiding using your teeth as tools or biting on nonfood items
- Avoiding tobacco use and heavy consumption of alcohol
What if I Don’t Have Insurance?
While insurance may cover certain aspects of emergency dentistry treatment, those without a plan may be wondering about their options. At Progressive Dental Group, we are committed to high quality and affordable dentistry, which is why we are offering a $69 new patient special that includes an emergency exam and X-Rays. This allows even more patients to enjoy our exceptional dentistry, and we can help more people in the community feel great about their smiles.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us today!