Emergency Dentistry

Care for Dental Emergencies

Any injury to the teeth or gums that isn’t life threatening is considered a dental emergency. When addressing dental emergencies, time is a major factor. Fortunately, Dr. R. Terry Councill and Dr. Jonathan Glass offer emergency care for residents of Cypress, TX, and the Greater Houston area. Once you experience a dental emergency, you need to take action right away. First, contact our office. If a situation occurs outside of normal business hours, we have an answering service at (281) 376-9246. After calling, there are steps you can take to immediately address the discomfort of your teeth and gums. No matter what, you should see us as soon as possible to help preserve your natural tooth structure.

Tooth Loss

If you or a family member should lose a permanent tooth, call Councill Dental Group as soon as possible. If reimplanted quickly, teeth may reattach to their sockets. The tooth should be retrieved, kept moist, and placed back into its socket right away. While on average, you have a 1-2 hour window in which your tooth has a chance for re-implantation – only your dentist can tell you for sure.

  • Find the tooth.  Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root portion.
  • Rinse the tooth in clean water or milk but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily.
  • Try to reinsert the tooth into its socket.
  • Hold the tooth in place by biting on a piece of clean gauze or a small piece of clean cloth, until you can get to our office.
  • If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or one cup of water with a teaspoon of salt.
  • Bring the tooth to your appointment with Dr. Councill or Dr. Glass.
  • Knocked out baby teeth are usually not re-implanted, since they will be naturally replaced by permanent teeth.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

If you or a family member chips or breaks a tooth, call Councill Dental Group immediately. It may be possible to bond the pieces to your remaining tooth. Take the following steps, then see Dr. Councill or Dr. Glass right away:

  • Locate and save any broken tooth fragments by placing them in a glass of milk, or in a cup of water with a teaspoon of salt.
  • Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to relieve swelling and pain.

Lost or Loose Filling

A lost filling or crown that does not cause pain doesn’t require emergency attention.

  • Call for an appointment during regular office hours.
  • As a temporary measure, fill the hole in your tooth with tooth wax or dental cement (available over-the-counter at your pharmacy).

Toothache

  • Clean the area around your sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water and use dental floss to dislodge food or debris.
  • DO NOT put aspirin or any other pain medication against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gums.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication.
  • If your pain is not relieved, call Councill Dental Group as soon as possible.

Swelling or Abscess

If you have a fever, the tissue inside of your mouth is swollen, and/or you have a bad taste in your mouth, this may indicate an infection or abscess around the tooth or gums. In such case, call Councill Dental Group immediately for an appointment. If left untreated, the infection could damage tissue and surrounding teeth, and might spread to other parts of the body. If swelling is severe, call Councill Dental Group immediately, or seek help from a hospital emergency room.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Cheek, or Lip

  • A small cut (less than ¼ inch) is likely to heal itself.
  • Apply a cold compress to the area to minimize swelling, but DO NOT leave ice on any area continuously.
  • If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a piece of clean gauze, or a small piece of clean cloth.
  • If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes, go to the hospital emergency room for treatment.

TMJ Pain

  • Apply moist heat packs or ice packs to relieve your discomfort.
  • Use muscle-relaxing or pain-relieving medications.
  • Temporarily switch to a soft diet. Giving the jaw a rest from unnecessary movement – such as gum chewing, eating hard foods, or even excessive talking – can relieve pressure.
  • Call for an appointment during regular office hours.

 

About Your Cypress Dentists:

With their shared beliefs in the power of continuing education, innovative technology, and advanced training, Dr. R. Terry Councill, Dr. Jonathan Glass, and the Councill Dental Group team possess the skill and experience to address all your dental care needs so your family can enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. Whether you need a checkup and cleaning, a new dental crown or filling, cosmetic smile enhancement, dental implants, or a straighter, more attractive smile with Invisalign, you can feel confident that you'll receive the very best care. Contact our Cypress dental office today at (281) 376-9246 or request and appointment online. We proudly serve individuals and families from Cypress, Houston, Spring, Tomball, Magnolia, The Woodlands, and the surrounding communities.