Emergency Dentistry in
Houston, TX

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Emergency Dentist in Houston

Help! I’ve Chipped My Tooth!

The enamel that covers each of your teeth is the hardest part of the body, but it’s not invincible. Physical injury from a blow or fall can cause a tooth to chip. When a tooth is already slightly decayed or infected, chips are more likely to happen, and it is possible to chip your tooth simply from biting down on something particularly hard.

If you find that you have chipped a tooth, it’s not the end of the world. Here are some steps towards repairing your chipped tooth:

  • If your chipped tooth is caused by trauma and you are bleeding, it’s a good idea to call both your dentist and 911. Your dentist will be able to assist you in treating your tooth, but it’s best to leave issues with blood loss or any other consequences of the trauma to emergency care professionals. If you aren’t bleeding seriously, just contact your dentist as soon as possible, The first two to three hours is the ideal window in which to get the tooth repaired.
  • Find all the parts of the tooth and bring them to the dentist. If possible, bring them soaked in saliva or milk, as this will help preserve them and slow down decay.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
  • Try your best to stop any bleeding by pressing gauze to the wound.
  • Use an ice pack on your cheeks or lips to control swelling.
  • If you need it, take an over the counter anti-inflammatory pain killer to help you deal with the pain and swelling.

Your dentist will be able to evaluate the damage and decide how to best fix the problem in person. There is a multitude of different ways to repair a chipped tooth, and your dentist can discuss different options with you.

What Do I Do If I Have A Loose Tooth?

Children are supposed to lose their baby teeth during childhood, but what happens if a permanent tooth becomes loose and threatens to fall out?

Causes

The most common cause of loose teeth in adults is gum disease. The infection in the gums eventually spreads to affect the bone and attacks the foundation of the teeth, which causes them to move.

Other causes include physical trauma to the teeth, bite injury, an abscess in the gum, or a tumor.

Treatment

Depending on the causes of your loose teeth, there are many different ways to treat this problem. In most mild cases, you will be able to keep your teeth, but if the damage is too serious, it will need to be extracted. Typically, if your tooth is loose in all directions, it means that the foundation is too weak, and the tooth will need to be extracted.

If the loose tooth is being caused by gum disease, extensive gum cleaning procedures can be taken to reverse the periodontal disease. When your gums are healthy again, they will be able to better support the tooth.

Bite injuries typically occur because of a misalignment of the teeth; because of crooked angles, the teeth can be prone to receiving more force than it can handle and become loosened as a result. Adjusting the alignment of the teeth and reshaping their surfaces so that they are subject to less force when used for biting will prevent further bite injuries.

If the tooth is not terribly loose, it can be simply healed through splinting, which involves wrapping it with wire to be attached to a strong, adjacent tooth. This will stabilize the tooth and allow it to heal.

What is an Abscessed Tooth?

You’ve always been told to see a dentist as soon as you think you may be experiencing signs of tooth decay or any oral infection. But what happens if you don’t? Well, when tooth decay or gum infection is left untreated for too long, it commonly leads to an abscessed tooth, which is excruciatingly painful and can lead to severe consequences.

What is it?

An abscessed tooth is a bacterial infection at the roots of the tooth. When you have an untreated cavity, the decaying tooth allows bacteria to penetrate farther and farther into the most sensitive parts of the teeth. Other ways that bacteria gets access to the fragile roots of the teeth include physical trauma (when the tooth gets broken or chipped) and gum disease. These cases all involve breaking or absence of the protective layer of enamel, which allows for the infection of the sensitive center part of the tooth, called the pulp.

Symptoms

  • Severe toothache*
  • Pain when biting down or chewing
  • Fever
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Unpleasant smell in the breath
  • Swollen gums
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Swelling in the upper or lower jaws

*Note that if the infection completely kills the tooth, the pain may subside, since all of the nerves would be dead. However, just because the pain stops, it does not mean that you any longer need to get it treated. The infection can and will spread to surrounding tissues and bones.

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