At Lovett Dental West U, we provide emergency dental services during regular office hours and by special appointment. While general dental services are crucial to keeping teeth healthy and strong, some emergencies are unpreventable. This is why we work hard to help our patients who come to us experiencing a dental emergency. 

What Is a Dental Emergency?

a woman seeks an emergency dentist

Not every dental situation constitutes an emergency. Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine whether you need to see a dentist immediately:

  • Are you experiencing extreme dental pain? Bleeding and severe pain warrant a trip to the dentist or emergency room regardless of the cause.
  • Have you lost a tooth? By acting quickly and receiving treatment right away, you increase the chances of saving the tooth.
  • Has an injury knocked a tooth loose? Whether you have a loose tooth due to an injury or oral health issues, this is a serious concern.
  • Do you have an infected tooth? You can get infections and abscesses in your mouth, some of which raise serious health threats. Do not wait to seek treatment if you notice knots on the gums or facial swelling.
  • Are you bleeding? Unexplained bleeding in the mouth could indicate an emergency.

Severe pain, a lost tooth, and bleeding in the mouth require an emergency dentist’s services. Come to our office for treatment to alleviate the pain, save the tooth, or stop the bleeding. Some oral infections can threaten your life. If you believe you have a severe infection, come by for emergency dental services right away. 

If Lovett Dental West U is not open when you need an emergency dentist, go to the hospital nearest you to receive immediate care.

Help! My Tooth Got Knocked Out!

Our emergency dentists can sometimes put a tooth back in its place. So, if you’ve lost a tooth and still have the tooth in your possession, bring the tooth into our office as soon as possible; we might be able to reinsert it.

Pick up the tooth by pinching the top of the crown. Do your absolute best to avoid touching the root. You can gently rinse off the tooth with warm water and try placing it back in the socket yourself. If you can’t do it yourself, place the tooth in a sterile container and come to our Buffalo Speedway office right away. Dental implant services could be necessary if the tooth simply cannot be saved. 

Abscesses

Our emergency dentists are skilled at treating dental abscesses. Dental abscesses are serious infections that may include a pocket of pus around the infected tooth. These infections often cause sensitivity, fever, swelling in the face, swollen lymph nodes, toothache, and lesions or protrusions on the gums.

Do not wait to receive treatment for these conditions. Infection can spread to the surrounding tissue into your jaw and other areas of your body. Rinsing your mouth carefully with salt water can draw the pus to the surface and soothe your sore gums.

Is a Chipped Tooth a Dental Emergency?

Cracked or chipped teeth resulting from impact or injury need to be fixed, but it is not an emergency situation unless you have pain and bleeding. While you may not need to be treated the same day, it is a good idea to make an appointment as soon as you notice the chip. Rinse your mouth gently with warm water before applying a cold compress to your face. This can help reduce swelling. Call our Houston office for advice on what medications to take for the pain before your visit.

Find Emergency Dental Services at Lovett Dental West U Today

If you need an emergency dentist, come to Lovett Dental West U. We have a team of general dentists and dental specialists ready to jump into action in case of an emergency. You’ll find easy parking and a convenient location. Contact Lovett Dental West U on Buffalo Speedway by calling 832.500.8119 to schedule a consultation or call ahead to let us know you’re coming in for emergency treatment.