Emergency Care

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We understand that emergencies happen daily. That’s why we reserve specific times in our schedule every day in the event that an emergency should arise. Please call us as early in the day as you can so that we may see your child as soon as possible.

If a true emergency should arise after hours please contact our answering service by dialing our office line 281-401-9629. In case of a true emergency and you are unable to reach our office, visit the nearest Emergency Room.

DENTAL EMERGENCIES

Broken Tooth:
Gently clean or rinse dirt from the area around the break.

Knocked Out Tooth:
For permanent teeth – Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not root. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it in cold water, but DO NOT scrub or handle the root unnecessarily. Try to re-place the tooth into the socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by closing their mouth down on a gauze pad or washcloth. If it is not possible to re-place the tooth, place the tooth in a cup of milk, or if this is not available, use contact lens solution. Go to the dentist immediately. Time is important for saving the tooth, less than 30 minutes is the best.

Toothaches:
Clean the area around the tooth. Rinse the mouth with warm salt water and use dental floss to remove any trapped food between the teeth. DO NOT place aspirin on the gums or tooth. This will burn the gum tissues. If there is swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of the face. Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain. Call the dentist.

Orthodontic Emergencies:
If there is a loose bracket that is irritating the lips or gums, attempt to remove the bracket with tweezers and place it in an envelope. If there is a loose wire sticking out and irritating the cheek, see if you can place it into the tube in the back of mouth. If you can’t and you cannot get to the office, cut the end of the wire with a cuticle nipper.