Emergency Dentist for Houston, TX
While you’re frantically typing “dentist near me” into Google, know this -- Dr. Gray and Dr. Newman are your emergency dentist in 77077. Do you have a knocked out tooth, a dislodged tooth, a severe toothache, or anything else you just can’t ignore? Don’t make an unnecessary trip to the ER or spend another second with your emergency. Contact our office immediately! We’ll get you out of pain and on with your life as soon as possible.
Is It a Dental Emergency?
Most people make one of two mistakes when they’re faced with a dental emergency. They either ignore it, thinking it’s not really as bad as it seems, or they go to the emergency room when their dentist is better-equipped to handle the situation. Are you experiencing a dental emergency? In general, if you are in pain, bleeding, or have broken a tooth or existing dental work, you should visit your emergency dentist.
Some of the most frequent situations we treat as emergencies at Mark Gray, DDS include…
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Knocked out teeth
- Severe toothaches or abscessed teeth
- Something lodged between teeth
- Broken dental work
Of course, dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, and this is certainly not an exhaustive list. If you suspect you or someone you love are experiencing a dental emergency, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Gray’s office. Here are some things you can do to improve outcomes in the meantime.
Stop the Bleeding
If you are bleeding from the mouth, one of your first steps should be to try to stop or slow the flow of blood. Apply firm but gentle pressure to the wound with a clean gauze or cloth. If the blood does not slow down after 10 minutes of continual pressure, head to the emergency room. Avoid taking anti-coagulant (blood thinning) painkillers, like ibuprofen and aspirin. If you want to relieve the pain of a dental emergency, take an Aleve or Tylenol until you can reach your dentist’s office.
Find the Missing Piece(s)
If you have had a tooth knocked out, find the missing tooth and rinse away any debris. Do not scrub the tooth or touch its root, as doing so can prevent its successful reattachment. Store the tooth in its empty socket, the cheek, or a cup of milk or water until you can reach your dentist’s office. Act quickly -- teeth that remain outside of the gum for longer than two hours usually cannot be saved.
Carefully try to work a tooth that has been dislodged back into its proper position -- but do not force it. And if you have a foreign object stuck between two teeth, try to remove it with dental floss first. If you are unsuccessful, stop there and contact your emergency dentist. Never use force or foreign objects to fix something in your mouth.
Be Prepared for Your Next Emergency!
How can you keep your cool during your next dental emergency? By saving the phone number of your emergency dentist in your cell phone. Don’t hesitate to contact Mark Gray, DDS when the unexpected happens to you or someone you love!