Emergency Dentistry – Pearland, TX
Dental Backup When You Need It the Most
Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Everything seems normal one moment, and then you wake up one morning with a searing toothache that makes it difficult to even get out of bed. What should you do in this situation? What if you chip or knock out a tooth in an accident? Don’t panic, because we have you covered here at Maxwello Dental & Orthodontics. Just give us a call, and our team will let you know what to do next. If necessary, we can even schedule a same-day appointment so we can see you and take care of any pain right away.
Why Choose Maxwello Dental & Orthodontics for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Appointments Available for Patients in Pain
- Able to Handle Any Dental Emergency Under One Roof
- Trusted by Local Families Since 1992
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Common sense might tell you that you need to head to the ER for a dental emergency, but this would be a mistake. You’ll likely just spend hours waiting behind more urgent patients before being seen by someone with little to no dental training. Instead, contact Maxwello Dental & Orthodontics, and we’ll be able to help you without delay. If you’re unable to make it to our dental office promptly for any reason, here are a few tips on how to handle a dental emergency on your own:
Is something stuck between the teeth? Try rinsing and flossing around the aching tooth, and if this doesn’t help, then the problem is likely due to a crack or dental infection. In this case, an OTC medication and cold compress can help reduce the pain until you’re able to see us.
A common mishap for athletes, the first thing you should do is gather as many pieces of the tooth that you can. Put them in a safe container, and bring them to our dental office. A cold compress can manage any swelling, and be sure to cover the remaining tooth with some sugarless gum or dental wax if it has a rough edge that could injure the mouth.
Recover the tooth, give it a quick rinse, and make sure it stays wet until you reach our dental office. You can do this by placing it back into the socket, storing it in the cheek, or putting it in a container with milk or saltwater. A fully dislodged tooth can only be replanted within a couple of hours after the accident, so be sure to move fast in this situation!
While not always a major cause of alarm, it’s still a good idea to come see us right away if any dental work breaks or falls out. Find the restoration, rinse it off, and try to place it back onto the tooth. Avoid chewing with it until we can see you.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While dental emergencies aren’t 100% preventable (just like any other), here are a few ways you can drastically lower your chances of experiencing one:
- Are you an athlete? Are your children? Great! Just make sure everyone wears a mouthguard whenever they play to keep their teeth shielded from unexpected impacts and accidents.
- Be careful when chewing especially hard, chewy, or sticky foods.
- Do NOT chew on ice…it can easily break your teeth!
- Having trouble getting a package open? Go grab the scissors instead of using and potentially chipping your teeth.
- Maintain your oral hygiene at home and come see us twice a year for routine checkups. This will ensure a small problem doesn’t have the chance to turn into a big emergency down the road.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
There are many different types and severities of dental emergencies, all of which need to be treated in a unique way, meaning the cost can vary widely from patient to patient. A toothache may just call for a small filling, while a sports accident might require multiple teeth to be removed and replaced. We know this type of care is always an unexpected expense, so to make it more affordable, we’re happy to accept all PPO dental insurance plans and offer low-to-no-interest financing as well.
Emergency Dentist FAQs
Do you still have questions about what you should do during a dental emergency in Pearland? The first step you should always take is to contact our office so we can provide you with over-the-phone guidance. We’ve also answered some common questions we receive from our patients below for your convenience.
Will my toothache go away on its own?
Unfortunately, the chances that your toothache will go away on its own are very slim. In fact, when patients have severe toothaches, they’re often signs of an infection hidden deep beneath the surface of the tooth that will only get worse the longer it isn’t treated. Even though you may be worried about the diagnosis of your issue, it’s much better to get it treated now than to wait, because the longer you put the it off, the more likely you’ll require an even more invasive procedure down the road.
Should I visit the ER or an emergency dentist?
In moments of stress and panic, like during a dental emergency, it can be hard to make the decision of whether to go to your local ER or your emergency dentist. Your emergency dentist is trained in specialized care and prevention of all oral health problems, which makes them the best choice for any situation that isn’t directly life-threatening and has to do with your mouth. However, situations such as broken or fractured jaws, deep facial lacerations, or any problem that is causing you to have a difficult time breathing or swallowing, should all be addressed by a medical professional. After you receive the care you need, be sure to contact our office so we can schedule an appointment to take care of all of your dental needs.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Root canals have a scary reputation and are incredibly misunderstood procedures. In fact, many people are worried to visit their emergency dentist because they’re worried that they’ll be told they need this treatment. The most common sign that patients require a root canal is if they have a toothache. Before your procedure begins, we’ll administer a local anesthetic that ensures that you won’t feel a thing. Many of our patients also report that they feel much better after the procedure, because their painful toothache is gone.
What should I do if I’m scared of the dentist but have an urgent problem?
If you have a dental emergency and have a crippling anxiety or fear of visiting a practice for treatment, let us know over the phone. At Maxwello Dental, we offer sedation dentistry to help you feel calm and relaxed during your treatment. This way, you won’t be traumatized by getting the urgent dental attention that you desperately needed.