Don’t Panic…Call Us First!
At Dassani Dentistry in Houston, we understand that dental injuries can be traumatic, and that your first instinct might be to go to the Emergency Room. Stop! Unless your life is in danger, you are much better off calling us first. The ER is not trained or equipped to handle dental injuries properly, and by the time you actually get in to see someone (which could take hours), it will likely be too late to save your smile. That’s why our team is equipped and on-call 24/7 to handle dental emergencies the same day.
What do I do?
If you’ve experienced a traumatic injury and are bleeding from the mouth, the first thing you should do is compress the injury to stop the bleeding. Then you should rinse out your mouth to better assess the severity and the location of the injury. Oral injuries tend to bleed a lot, and when blood mixes with saliva, it can look like something out of a horror film. But it’s likely that the injury is not as bad as it seems. Once you’ve got a good idea of the location and severity of the injury, you should call us and we’ll guide you through what to do next.
If you’re unsure of whether the injury qualifies as a dental emergency, here’s a list of some of the most common ones we see:
- Tooth knocked out
- Severe tooth ache
- Tooth or gum abscess
- Severe pain
- Signs of infection (pus, swelling)
Tooth knocked out?
If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, follow the steps below for the best chance at saving the tooth:
- Pick up the tooth by the crown (the part that is usually visible), NOT the root. The tooth should be handled carefully to minimize damage to the root.
- If dirty, gently rinse the tooth with water. Do not use soap or chemicals, do not dry the tooth or wrap in tissue or cloth.
- Replace the tooth back into the socket immediately, if possible. The quicker this happens the greater chance we have of saving it. Make sure the tooth is facing the right direction. Hold the tooth in place with your fingers or by biting down gently.
- If the tooth cannot be placed back in the socket, place it inside your mouth next to your cheek to keep it moist, or place in emergency tooth preservation liquid, or milk, NOT WATER.
If you’ve experienced a traumatic dental injury or are in need or urgent dental care, you should call us right away for the best chance of saving your smile. Call your Houston emergency dentist*, Dr. Dassani at Dassani Dentistry.
*Dr. Dassani is a general dentist providing emergency services.