At Dr. Katie, To Center for Integrative Wellness and Cosmetic Dentistry, we strive to protect teeth, so that you have them for a lifetime. The best way to prevent a painful and untimely dental emergency is to stay current with your regular dental exams and cleanings.
It is at these routine dental visits where Dr. Katie will identify any oral health diseases or conditions that require your attention. For example, treating a new cavity with a small, white filling is far less costly and invasive than decay that is left to infect the nerve of the tooth and require a root canal.
If it has been a while since your last dental visit, don’t worry. We are here to help you regain your oral health without guilt or judgment.
How to Know When You Have a True Dental Emergency
It often feels like dental emergencies happen at the worst time. If your tooth suddenly develops low-grade pain, or you have a sporting accident at your gym or the local ball field, don’t leave your smile to chance. Give our knowledgeable dental team a call to discuss your symptoms, and we can recommend whether you come into our Katy, TX dental office right away for an emergency dental appointment or if it can wait for a day or two when it’s more convenient.
Any time you feel pain or toothache, it is time for a trip to our modern dental office. Pain is your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong, and our compassionate team is here to help when you need us most.
What to Do When You Have a Dental Emergency
Acting fast can improve your chances of a full recovery. If you have an accident, such as an auto or sports injury, a trip to the emergency room or calling 911 might be necessary. You can call our Katy, TX dental office when neck, head, or back injuries have been ruled out.
Otherwise, please follow a few simple guidelines until you reach our dental office.
Knocked-out tooth – Keep the tooth moist, but avoid touching the root. It's a good idea to place it in a glass of milk. We have saved many knocked-out teeth that have come to us right away in a glass of milk!
Broken tooth – A cracked or chipped tooth may or may not be painful, but it is always an emergency. Avoid chewing or biting together, and contact us right away.
Something stuck in the gums – Popcorn hulls and other objects can sometimes get stuck. Try flossing, brushing your teeth, and rinsing with warm water. If you can’t work out the object, give us a call.
Broken crowns or fillings – A damaged crown can open your tooth to decay, and it might feel sensitive. We should arrange an appointment as soon as possible.
What to Expect at Your Emergency Dentist Appointment
Our goal at an emergency dentist appointment is to stabilize your condition and help you feel comfortable. We may be able to complete your treatment in a single visit. In other cases, such as if a root canal or dental crown is needed, a follow-up visit may be necessary to complete your procedure and have you feeling like yourself again.
Do You Have a Toothache? Don’t Panic!
Our caring and experienced team is standing by for patients just like you. A dental emergency can be alarming, but we are here to help you look and feel like yourself again.