Emergency Dentist – Pearland, TX
Urgent Same-Day Care Available
If you or a loved one suddenly suffers an injury to the teeth, don’t call 911, call Eco Dental! We’re the best place for you to get urgent dental care, and we’ll be able to see you quicker than anyone else. When you call in, we’ll make an appointment to see you as soon as possible (even the same day!), and our team will walk you through basic first-aid. This is the kind of attention and service you simply won’t get at most hospitals/clinics, so when you need dental care FAST, be sure to call us first.
Unparalleled Experience & Qualifications
Both Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Hua have years of experience handling all types of dental emergencies, so when you’re in need of immediate dental care, they’re definitely the people you want to see! And, unlike your local ER, we see emergency dental patients right away and don’t make them spend hours in a waiting room. Our goal is to solve your problem and get you back to your normal life as quickly as possible.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies typically occur from poor oral healthcare that results in infection or sudden physical injury to the mouth or face. At Eco Dental, we are ready to treat both types. Until you can come in to see us, use these tips for handling common dental emergencies:
If you have a sudden toothache, try flossing around the area of the tooth to remove any lingering food particles. If your pain persists, you may have an abscess or infection. Call our office right away because you may need a root canal to remove infected tissue and save your tooth.
If you chip or break a tooth, use gauze to stop any bleeding and a cold compress to relieve swelling. After, call our office for treatment. We may be able to repair your tooth, but if it’s too damaged, extraction is the only choice to get you out of pain.
Knocked-out teeth can be replanted if you know what to do. In the event of a knocked-out tooth, pick it up by its crown and rinse it off. Try to put it back into your socket until you can visit our office. If this isn’t possible, store your tooth in milk or water to keep it moist. The sooner that you can come see us, the better your chances are of your tooth being successfully replanted.
A lost crown or filling can expose the inner layers of your tooth, causing extreme pain and sensitivity. To protect your tooth, you can use dental cement found at your local drugstore. This quick and easy material can keep you protected until you’re able to come into our office for a proper restoration.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While dental emergencies can never be completely prevented, there are some precautions that you can take to minimize your chances of a dental disaster occurring, including:
- Routine visits to our office
- Daily brushing and flossing
- Using fluoridated toothpaste
- Wearing a mouthguard during physical activity
- Avoiding using your teeth as tools
- Avoiding chewing on hard items or food
- Avoiding poor lifestyle habits like smoking or tobacco use
Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry
Because there are so many different types of dental emergencies, it’s hard to give a precise estimate of the cost. Some problems can be fixed with a simple dental filling or antibiotic routine, while others may require more extensive dental restorations. That’s why we recommend coming in to see us as soon as possible so we can examine your mouth to determine the proper treatment and a precise cost. We accept insurance and have financing available to provide our patients with quality emergency dental care that is also affordable.
Every Dental Emergency is Different
When you’re visiting our office for an emergency dental visit, you’ll find that getting your or your family member’s mouth examined is relatively affordable. When you arrive, our team will take the time to confirm your needs, build a treatment plan that resolves your dental emergency, and then determine what the costs will be from there. Out of all the solutions available at our office, the following are the most commonly utilized to manage urgent dental concerns:
- Dental crowns
- Root canal therapy
- TMJ/TMD treatment and therapy
- And more!
No matter what our dental team discovers during your emergency exam, they’ll provide a treatment plan that estimates your costs beforehand so that you aren’t surprised by your final bill.
Take Care of Your Smile, and Your Wallet
It’s true that many dental emergencies happen when you least expect them to. However, that does not mean they are unavoidable. In fact, many dental emergencies occur simply due to unresolved infections or damage that went untreated. If you stay committed to visiting our office at least once every six months for a checkup and cleaning as well as maintain consistent brushing and flossing at home, you can save thousands of dollars on emergency and restorative dental care over several years.
The moment you become aware of a dental problem, don’t assume it will get better on its own. Call us right away, even if you have concerns about your costs. The price of the treatments you need will likely go up the longer you put off your visit.
Will My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
When you’re dealing with a dental emergency, you should keep dental insurance in mind because many plans do offer partial coverage in most cases. For example, it’s common to have at least one emergency exam as part of your insurance benefits. The most common services associated with emergency dental treatment also include extractions and root canal therapy and the percentage of coverage generally falls between 50% and 80%. With that said, you should confirm the yearly maximums included in your plan before committing to any treatment.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
If you are looking for other options to finance your care outside of dental insurance, we’re happy to help. For example, a common solution for those who either don’t use a dental plan or need additional costs covered is CareCredit. This service allows for affordable monthly payments to be made on dental services, including ones intended to treat a dental emergency. With little-to-zero interest payments attached, fitting your necessary dental care into your budget couldn’t be easier.
Additionally, we encourage you to take advantage of one of our limited-time special offers: a $49 emergency exam and X-ray! Simply fill out the info for this offer today and start saving!
Eco Dental at Pearland is happy to assist patients however possible with their dental emergency. That includes helping you navigate your costs, so feel free to reach out for guidance at any time.
Root Canal Therapy
When tooth decay or damage reaches the inner layers of the tooth, the pulp, you may need a root canal. The nerve system of the tooth is housed within the pulp, and when it’s accessed by outside elements, the result is severe pain and sensitivity. Root canal therapy allows us to remove the pulp and nerve tissue, replace it, and place a protective dental crown to fully restore the form and function of damaged smiles.
We always want to help patients preserve their natural teeth whenever possible, but tooth extractions can’t always be avoided. If you need to have one or more teeth removed, we are happy to pull teeth and provide basic surgical tooth extractions in our Pearland dental office. Some of the reasons we recommend tooth extraction include:
- Impaction when a tooth is unable to erupt from the gum line
- Crowding when there is not adequate space along the jaw line, healthy dental development, or proper smile alignment
- Severe decay or damage that destroys too much of the tooth to support a restoration
Emergency Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions
Accidents and injuries can be scary, but knowing what to do in case of a dental emergency can help you stay calm and act fast to get the care you need. That is why our team at Eco Dental has compiled some of the most common questions our patients ask about emergency dentistry and answered them below. We hope you find this FAQ section helpful and informative! Remember, you can always contact us by phone as well if you want to know more.
Can I Go to the Emergency Room Instead?
Unless you suspect that you have a broken jaw, you are better off seeing an emergency dentist in Pearland rather than visiting the local emergency room if you have suffered dental trauma. In most cases, ER staff do not have the tools or specialized knowledge needed to handle dental emergencies.
When you call an emergency dentist for help, they will often be able to see you the very same day in order to provide you the urgent dental care you need. If you do require medical attention, your dentist will advise you accordingly.
My Mouth is Bleeding – What Do I Do?
Lacerations to the tissues inside the mouth – including the lips, tongue, gums and inner cheeks – often seem worse than they actually are because they can cause a significant amount of bleeding. If you have a nasty cut or tear inside your mouth, it is important to remain calm and clean the affected area with warm water.
The next step is to call an emergency dentist. If your injury is severe, your dentist may advise you to go to the emergency room or an oral surgeon.
Over-the-counter pain medication can help temporarily alleviate any facial pain. If possible, opt for acetaminophen over aspirin or ibuprofen, as the latter two are anticoagulants and can contribute to excessive bleeding.
Why Does Putting a Loose Tooth in Milk Help?
To successfully reattached a tooth that has been knocked loose, the tooth roots must be kept moist and intact. For this reason, if you cannot place a loose tooth back in its original socket, we recommend placing it in a secure container filled with milk before immediately heading to an emergency dentist. Milk contains proteins that will keep the cells of the tooth roots growing and prevent them from swelling or becoming further damaged.
What is a Dental Emergency First Aid Kit?
At work, at home or when you’re out running errands – dental injuries can happen wherever and whenever, often when you least expect it. That is why we recommend preparing a small first aid kid specifically designed for dental emergencies. Such a first aid kit, which could be kept in the car, at the office or even in your purse, should include:
- Contact information for an emergency dentist in Pearland
- Small container with a secure lid
- Over-the-counter pain reliever (e.g., acetaminophen)