We know how it can be: your day is going along as smoothly as any other day and then disaster happens. You are on your lunch break at work and you are prepping for a big presentation later that afternoon when all of the sudden you feel a sharp pain in your mouth. You realize that the food you were eating had caused a tooth to chip and you have an exposed nerve in your mouth. The result is an extremely painful situation. How will you ever make your presentation while in such pain? You have a dental emergency and have no time to spare!
Texas Dental sees dental emergencies at two locations.
Dental emergencies always seem to pop up in the most inconvenient of times and places, which is exactly why Texas Dental will see patients who need emergency dental care the same day they call. We allow extra time in our scheduling for just that occasion and will do all we can to see you as soon as possible, sometimes as soon as you can arrive. We also have two convenient locations in San Antonio, on Bandera Road and FM 78, so you don’t have to drive clear across town to receive the care you need, just find the one that’s closest to you and give us a call right away!
What to do in a dental emergency
If you find yourself in a situation where you need dental care immediately, there are some steps you can take to keep the situation under control and give you the best possible outcome:
For a cracked tooth: Rinse the area with warm water to clean it and remove any food or bacteria that may be around. If possible, apply a cold compress to the area to reduce swelling.
For a knocked out tooth: Try to stay calm. If you can find the tooth, keep it moist by putting it back in your mouth and if possible, back in the socket. Avoid touching the root of the knocked out tooth. If you are unable to put it back in the socket, place it in a glass of milk instead. Those steps may keep your tooth alive long enough for us to place it back in the socket, where it can heal.
For a serious injury: If your wound is severe and you are bleeding a lot, call 911! You should seek medical attention right away and you shouldn’t be driving if you are losing a lot of blood, in pain, or shaky.