We have a number of different channels to get dental emergencies taken care of here. Obviously, the middle of the night toothache kind of thing would be deferred usually to the very next morning, because very rarely if ever is a tooth situation life threatening. If, it seems like it could be anything like that then obviously an emergency room may be necessary. When you go to a dentist, you have an emergency, a cosmetic emergency, this is the office you need to come to because here we're able to get your front teeth restored and make them look natural and real in a very short period of time. We can get somebody who's lost some front teeth, get them some front teeth the very visit they come in. Okay, it may take an hour or two, or sometimes they have to wait while we squeeze them in between patients and things like that, but because we have this laboratory. I have technicians that are capable of working with acrylics and myself capable of working with more permanent materials can get restorations to look very real in a very short period of time and get you back on the road. The cosmetic emergency is kind of a funny thing too because we've noticed that the cosmetic emergency can cause a patient to become more panicked and more upset and more in need of help than someone with a full blown abscess. They've got an infection, it's swollen, it hurts, it doesn't look that bad but when they're missing their front tooth, and they've got to go close the deal of a lifetime, they're in here wide-eyed and begging for anything you do. This is going to interfere too much in their life. So the cosmetic emergency is a very real thing, and we're equipped to handle those at a moment's notice.
Understand Dental Emergencies
If you’re unsure if what you’re experiencing is a dental emergency, do not hesitate to call us. We can give you advice on next steps and try to schedule you for a same-day appointment if your need for treatment is urgent. Some dental emergency scenarios we’ve assisted patients in are:
- Cut inside the mouth
- Tooth knocked out or knocked loose
- Chipped, fractured, or broken tooth
- Swollen gums
- Severe jaw pain related to TMJ
Prepare for A Dental Emergency
The important steps you should take during dental emergencies will vary from emergency to emergency, except for this one: Call us immediately at 210-951-4444. We can guide you through anything you should do until you can get in for your appointment.
Avoid A Dental Emergency
Proper dental care can reduce your risk of having dental emergencies. One major way you can protect your teeth from harm is by wearing an athletic mouthguard during physical activity like contact sports or even solo activities like mountain biking. We make ours custom in our lab.
Regular teeth cleanings and fluoride treatments can keep your teeth strong, healthy, and cavity-free. And dental exams can help us address any oral health issues before they become urgent issues.