Katie To, DDS

Emergency Treatment

Dental emergencies are stressful for everyone and especially when you can’t get in to see your regular dentist. In addition to your discomfort, you have to worry about visiting an unfamiliar dentist who doesn't know anything about you.

At a time like this, it’s important to know you’ll be treated by a friendly, familiar face and professionals who already understand your needs and make your treatment a priority. At Dr. Katie To Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have plans in place so you can reach us any time you have an emergency – even after hours.

We’re Here When You Need Us

If your emergency occurs during regular hours, we will make arrangements to get you in as quickly as possible. We usually leave time in our schedule for emergencies, so in most cases we can see you the same day.

But emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours. You don't have to worry, though – a member of our professional team is always available to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and tell you how to deal with your situation until you can get in to see us. We’ll make sure you get the treatment you need when it matters most.

Steps to Take in an Emergency

The first step is to call our office and let us know what’s going on. We’ll always see you as quickly as possible, but it’s important for you to know how to handle certain emergencies before you get to our office:

  • If you’re an adult and a tooth is knocked out, immediate action can make the difference between losing and keeping the tooth. Keeping the tooth moist is most important, so place it in a glass of milk, water, or even saliva until you get to our office. You can try to very gently place it back in the socket, but don’t force it and never touch the root itself.
  • For toothaches, rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Use dental floss to gently remove any food particles lodged between teeth. Don’t put aspirin on the tooth – this is an old wives' tale that can actually do more harm than good.
  • If you crack a tooth, use warm water to rinse your mouth and cleanse the area. Place a cold compress on your face (for no more than 20 minutes) to minimize any swelling.

Losing a filling or dental crown weakens your tooth, so please contact our office immediately to reduce the possibility of further damage.

Contact Your Katy, TX, Emergency Dentist

We’re here to make sure you and your family always get high-quality dental care whenever you need it. If you have an emergency, please contact us as soon as possible at (281) 392-8450. A member of our team will make arrangements to get you in to see us, probably the same day. After hours, you can call the same number and you’ll be directed to our emergency contact number.