Dental Emergency in San Antonio? Call Our Office (210) 314-7949!
Here are some tips for common dental emergencies:
- Knocked Out Tooth. If a permanent tooth has been knocked out of your mouth, keep it moist at all times. Hold the tooth by the crown, and if needed, gently rinse the tooth. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any tissue that may be attached. If you can, reinsert the tooth into the socket. If the tooth can’t be reinserted, the American Dental Association recommends placing the tooth in a glass with milk, which acts as a preserving agent.
- Cracked tooth. For a cracked tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. A cold compress should be applied to the face to help minimize swelling.
- Jaw injury. If you have been hit in the jaw and think it might be broken, immediately apply a cold compress to the area to keep the swelling to a minimum. Call the dentist or go to the emergency room for treatment.
- Lip or tongue bite with excessive bleeding. If you bite your lip, tongue or inside of your cheek, clean the area and apply a cold compress. If the bleeding won’t stop, go to the emergency room.
- Loose tooth. If a permanent tooth becomes loose, take an over-the-counter pain reliever and apply a cold compress. Do not eat or drink anything that could cause the tooth to fall out until you can see our San Antonio dentist.
- Lost filling or crown. Certain foods may cause fillings or crowns to become loose or fall out completely. If you have lost a filling or crown, place the filling or crown in a safe place such as a plastic Ziplock bag. Please avoid drinking hot or cold liquids to help reduce dental pain until you can be seen by Dr. Jabbour. Our friendly staff can provide a recommendation when you call to make an appointment.
- Painful swelling not caused by an injury. If you have swelling of the mouth that is not a result of an injury, you possibly can have an abscess – an inflamed pocket of pus that can quickly become infected. A tooth infection can lead to serious problems to your tooth, your gums, and surrounding teeth. Set up an emergency appointment with our office as soon as possible. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to relieve the pain and pressure of the abscess.
- Sudden toothache. If you experience a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and floss between the aching teeth. This will remove any particles between the teeth that could be causing pain.
Emergency Care Services Provided by Our Dental Office
Our local dentist Dr. Jabbour provides comprehensive emergency dental services to Stone Oak and all of San Antonio. Just some of the dental emergencies we treat are shown below:
- Cracked Teeth – Cracked teeth can be a serious dental emergency. In some cases the tooth can be saved with a crown or a root canal. In more extreme cases, it may require a tooth extraction and replacement of the tooth – which may involve a dental implant.
- Broken Teeth – If your tooth is broken, set up an emergency exam so we can determine the best possible treatment plan. Waiting to get an exam may result in the problem getting worse which is why it is essential to come in for emergency dental care as soon as possible.
- Chipped Teeth – A chipped tooth is a quite common dental emergency. Depending on the extent and severity of the chip, it may be possible to fix and protect the chipped tooth with a composite. Set up an appointment for an exam to find out what will work best for your unique situation.
- Dental Crowns – Dental crowns are used for teeth that have degraded – usually due to tooth decay. The crown is placed on top of your broken tooth and is able to protect and strengthen your existing tooth.
- Root Canal Therapy – Root canal therapy is used on an infected tooth. With a root canal, the pulp in your tooth is removed and the infection is treated and eliminated so that it doesn’t spread into your gums or adjacent teeth.
- Tooth Extraction – In some cases a tooth can’t be saved. In these cases the tooth must be removed by performing an emergency tooth extraction. It is highly advised that you replace the lost tooth with a dental implant. Dental implants restore the look and functionality of your extracted tooth.
Stay Comfortable While Receiving Emergency Dental Care
In an emergency situation, you’re undoubtedly suffering with a lot of pain. We are experts at providing soothing emergency dental care. We keep our patients as comfortable as possible with sedation dentistry options – including oral and inhaled sedation.
Dental Insurance Not Required
We accept most major dental insurance carriers, but dental insurance is not required at our office. We accept other forms of payment including CareCredit financing. Call our office for details.
Preventive Dentistry Services
While some symptoms requiring urgent dental care are unavoidable, you can prevent many emergencies by coming into the dentist for regular checkups and dental cleanings. Call our dental office to set up your next checkup now.
Emergency Dental Care for You and Your Family
If you have any of these dental emergencies, call your San Antonio Emergency Dentist – Blanco Crossing Dental – and our friendly staff will schedule a same-day appointment with Dr. Jabbour.