Dental Emergencies: Why Not To Wait

Sometimes it’s easy to see you or your loved one is in the midst of a dental emergency. An unexpected elbow to the jaw or a skateboard mishap can loosen or even dislodge a tooth. But any sudden onset pain in your mouth or jaw should be looked at by your Katy, TX, dentist. Some other examples of situations where we suggest you not delay in calling for a same-day appointment include food painfully stuck between teeth (when it can’t be dislodged by flossing), loose dental work, or unexplained oral bleeding. 

Teeth Can’t Repair Themselves

Our bodies are pretty amazing, and many parts can repair themselves, given a little time. Teeth are different. Although they are strong, once the enamel is cracked, or a tooth has loosened in the jaw, it takes a trusted dentist to restore it. Unlike a sprained ankle, a tooth cannot mend itself with rest. In fact, almost every dental problem will get worse over time, so the sooner you get help, the quicker the resolution. 

We Can Offer Solutions

You might think a cracked tooth will have to be extracted, but that might not be the case. There are dental restorations, such as placing a crown, that can cover and protect a damaged tooth. When a tooth (or several teeth) cannot be saved, dental implants can offer firm anchors to hold replacement teeth. The sooner we know of your problem, the sooner we can consult with you on how to fix it.

We Are Here For You

We sometimes hear of patients who are concerned that they may be scolded for not wearing a mouthguard during sports, or frowned upon because they were lax in brushing habits. The truth is that our primary concern in a dental emergency is to stop any discomfort, and make the best choices for your oral health and the appearance of your smile. We may offer suggestions for future protections, but always with your comfort and safely in mind.

A Dental Emergency is No Time To Wait

Lathrop Dental Center is experienced in dealing with painful dental situations that need immediate treatment. When you need a same-day appointment, we can help. If you wish to learn more about the urgent care we offer, or if you have other oral health matters that you wish to discuss, call our dentist’s office in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849!