Emergency Dentist — Houston, TX
Don’t Worry About Dental Emergencies: Call Us!
Even if you diligently take care of your teeth every day, accidents can still happen. These situations, typically referred to as dental emergencies, usually require a person to seek out dental care immediately. For dental emergencies, Dr. Cher Rich and our team can provide you the quick and effective treatment you need in your most vulnerable moments. If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, be sure to contact us immediately , even if it is after hours.
Why Choose Cher Rick DDS for Emergency Dental Care?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments Available
- Calming Sedation Dentistry In-House
- Open as Early as 7 A.M.
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
- Set up your same-day appointment with our team: No matter what your dental emergency is, you should always call us first. Our team will do everything we can to see you as soon as possible (we’ll make same-day appointments), and we’ll also walk you through basic first-aid over the phone.
- Complete an emergency exam with Dr. Rich: Once you arrive at our practice, we can perform a detailed emergency exam, capture X-rays if necessary, and determine the exact source and extent of your emergency. We can also get you pain relief in most cases, but only if you visit!
- Reviewing our findings and recommending treatment: We’ll go over our findings with you one-on-one and recommend a treatment plan complete with estimated costs and an expected timeline. You’ll know what to expect before receiving any dental service so you can make an informed decision on your care.
- Get the professional care you need: Our team will work quickly to get you relief, whether it’s through dental fillings, crowns, TMJ therapy, scaling and root planing, or another service if needed.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
These are situations where you should stop whatever you are doing and call us as soon as you can. Do not assume your dental emergency will get better. Instead, give us a call and tell us about your symptoms so we can get you the dedicated attention you need fast!
Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies
Without performing a more detailed exam of your mouth, it’s extremely difficult to know for sure how much your emergency treatment will cost. After we’ve had a chance to examine our mouth, evaluated the state of your oral health and symptoms, and created a treatment plan, we’ll be able to provide more specific costs. We’ll work with you to make it as affordable as possible so you can get the care you need to resolve your emergency and protect your long-term oral health.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
It’s always much easier to prevent dental emergencies rather than treat them after they’ve occurred, so keeping a few proactive tips in mind could mean the difference between having a healthy smile and a damaged one that requires professional treatment. This includes:
- Brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Flossing at least once a day
- Visiting our office for a checkup every six months
- Never using your teeth as a tool
- Wearing a mouthguard as needed to prevent chips or cracks in teeth
- Eating a balanced diet
Dental Emergency FAQ’s
You can’t always predict when a dental emergency will strike. That’s why it’s important to have as much information ahead of time so that you’re more prepared should one occur. For that reason, we have gathered some of the questions about dental emergencies that we get asked the most often and answered them below. If you have a question that you don’t see answered here, feel free to contact us and ask.
How Long Should I Wait to Receive Emergency Care?
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, it’s critical that you seek treatment right away, even if you’re not sure whether it’s an emergency. When it comes to dental care, it’s much better to be safe than sorry. This is especially true if you have a damaged or knocked-out tooth, as time is of the utmost importance when it comes to saving your tooth. Furthermore, most dental emergencies have pain associated with them, so you’re going to want to see your emergency dentist as soon as possible to relieve your discomfort.
When Should I Go to the E.R. vs. the Dentist?
If your dental emergency is also life-threatening, like if you’re experiencing swelling that hinders your ability to breathe, then go to your local emergency room instead of seeing your dentist. Also visit the hospital if you injure your jaw and think it may be broken. For any other urgent dental situations, it’s best to see your emergency dentist.
What If My Child Knocks Out a Baby Tooth?
Unlike with a knocked-out permanent tooth, do NOT try and place the baby tooth back in the socket. Doing so may damage the underlying adult tooth. Depending on how close the tooth was to falling out naturally, we will decide whether to re-implant it. If it was not close, we may have to put a space maintainer in the area to keep the surrounding teeth from drifting and trying to fill in the gap.