If you're currently experiencing severe pain or have an immediate emergency, contact our office at 281-492-1985.
As a trusted emergency dentist in Katy, Dr. Artaza strives to put the needs of every patient first. For that reason, he and our staff offer after-hours, emergency dental care for Katy or even if you're just passing through. Whether it's a broken, knocked-out or abscessed tooth, Dr. Artaza utilizes our office's cutting-edge technology to alleviate the pain and discomfort that accompanies all urgent, dental emergencies.
Listed below are a few dental emergencies that strike at night
If you've ever woken up to a throbbing tooth in the wee morning hours, the last thing you want to do is boot up your computer to locate the nearest dentist that's going to help. Dr. Artaza offers after-hour dental service at his Katy office, and he tends to all tooth emergencies including:
Chipped, cracked or fractured teeth
In order to determine the severity of the condition of your tooth, Dr. Artaza will take a digital X-ray to determine if you need a filling. If the soft tissue, or pulp, inside of your tooth is damaged, you may need a crown placed on top or a root canal. To help soothe or alleviate your current pain, gently rinse your mouth out with warm water, and give us a call.
Although you might not think a loose tooth would be considered an emergency, it's important to come in as soon as possible to stabilize your tooth in order to save it. While at home, apply light pressure to return your tooth to its original position. You may also gently bite down to keep it from moving. Then, Dr. Artaza will be able to stabilize it with a splint.
Abscessed or decaying teeth
An abscessed tooth means there's a painful infection at the root of the tooth or between it and the gum. It's caused by either severe decay or severe trauma to the tooth. At times this can be life threatening and needs immediate attention. However, remember that the best way to avoid abscessed teeth or decay is regular oral hygiene as well as keeping your appointments with us!
A knocked-out tooth
Most of your young ones' sports endeavors are at night, so when they happen to lose a tooth from a flying elbow to the mouth, Dr. Artaza is an emergency dentist on call for this urgent dental work. If you or someone around you ever gets a tooth knocked out it's very important that you don't touch the tissue or roots of the tooth, because this can determine if it can be saved or not. If your injury was caused by facial trauma, apply a cold compress to the area to prevent or minimize major swelling. Also, don't forget your tooth at home in your rush to our office!
Although Dr. Artaza will try to save your tooth, you might need a replacement-or a bridge-if the roots die or if you wait too long before coming to our office. A bridge maintains the normal function of your mouth and is permanently cemented to the natural teeth, right next to the space left by the missing tooth. A false tooth, or pontic, then takes its former place.
When is it not considered a dental emergency?
There are other instances when an emergency appointment is not needed. If a temporary crown detached and is not causing you severe pain, simply schedule a regular appointment with us. Also, if you have a chipped tooth that's not causing you pain or sensitivity to hot or cold elements, this too can wait for a regularly-scheduled appointment. This is simply a cosmetic issue, and your tooth only needs to be smoothed out to restore that smile.
Urgent Dental Care
If you're experiencing severe pain from any of the dental emergencies listed above, please don't hesitate to contact us at our office at 291-492-1985. Dr. Artaza will gladly provide you after-hours aid.