Dental emergencies occur commonly, so it’s important to recognize them when they occur and have a game plan in place ahead of time. At Lovett Dental West U, we provide emergency dental services during regular office hours. Additionally, we prioritize urgent cases when you come to our office in Houston, Texas. 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?

patient receiving emergency dental services Not every dental situation constitutes an emergency. Here are some questions you can 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.

Common Dental Emergencies

The following incidents are the most common dental emergencies. Learn what you can do on the way to receiving emergency dental services to alleviate the problem.

Lost Tooth

Our emergency dentist can sometimes put a tooth back in its place. So, if you have lost a tooth and still have the tooth in your possession, bring it to our office as soon as possible so that we can try to reinsert it.

Retrieve the tooth by grabbing the top of the crown. Try not to touch the root. You can gently rinse off the tooth and try putting it back in the socket yourself. However, if you can’t do it yourself, put the tooth in a clean container and come to our office right away. Dental implant services might be necessary if the tooth cannot be saved. 

Chipped Teeth

Cracked or chipped teeth may result when you fracture the tooth. Rinse your mouth out with warm water before applying a compress to your face. This can help reduce swelling. Call our office for advice on what to take for the pain prior to your visit.

Abscessed Tooth

Our emergency dentist can treat 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 out with salt water can draw the pus to the surface and soothe your sore gums.

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 at 832.500.8119 to schedule a consultation or call ahead to let us know you’re coming in for emergency treatment.