Dental Emergency Treatment

Dental Emergency Q & A * We do not pull teeth, perform root canals or have a dentist on site*

What is emergency medical dental care?

If you have a non-emergent dental issue, such as tooth pain, swelling, or infection we will treat these issues as a dentist would with immediate pain relief and antibiotics as indicated. This will provide the care you need until more permanent measures can be taken by a dentist. 
If you have dental trauma such as a broken or knocked-out tooth, making it to the Village Emergency Centers as soon as you can after your injury, preferably within 30 minutes, could mean the difference between saving and losing your injured tooth.

*We do not pull teeth, perform root canals or have a dentist on site*

Is it time to call for emergency dental care?

If you're worried about a severe mouth injury you or a family member has sustained, it's the right time to call an Village Emergency Centers. Immediate treatment calls for immediate action. Several situations that are considered dental emergencies include:

  • Severe mouth or tooth pain
  • Swelling of tongue, gums, mouth or jaw
  • Dental infection
  • Cracked tooth from trauma or infection
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • Bleeding inside your mouth from your cheeks, gums, or tongue
  • Trauma to your mouth or face
  • Fractured tooth
  • A tear or laceration on your lips

If you chip a tooth, but it doesn’t seem that you may lose the tooth entirely, it may not be a dental emergency. Even so, you can't go wrong by calling an experienced emergency physician at the Village Emergency Centers. They're trained to handle dental emergencies and can compassionately walk you through what to do with your tooth until you can visit the office.

What should I do when my tooth is knocked-out?

Act quickly, and there's a good chance you can save a knocked-out tooth. Put off going to the dentist, and you may be at risk of losing the tooth. In this circumstance, clean both the injured tooth and inside your mouth. Swish warm water around your mouth and rinse the tooth in warm water, being careful to avoid touching the tooth's roots.

Hold the tooth by the crown (the smooth white top portion of the tooth) as you rinse it. If you can, hold the cleaned tooth by the crown and reinsert it into the empty socket. Close your mouth and bite down gently on the tooth, if you can. It might help to bite down on a soft piece of gauze until you can visit one of our Village Emergency Centers in River Oaks, Houston, Katy or League City. Call immediately, or have someone call for you to explain the situation as soon as you can.

If the tooth cannot fit back into the empty socket, hold the tooth in your mouth next to your cheek or keep it in a glass of milk. The moisture will help prevent the roots from drying out. When you're facing a dental emergency call one of our Village Emergency Centers in River Oaks, Houston, Katy or League City for expert assistance.


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