Emergency Dentistry – Baytown, TX
We Can Treat Dental Injuries, Toothaches and More
When dental emergencies strike at inopportune times, you need the support of an experienced and dedicated team to help you regain a complete, pain-free smile. Dr. Hutto, Dr. Ragsdale, and the rest of our team at Aesthetic Family Dentistry are here to assist you and your loved ones without delay. We make time in our schedules as soon as possible to accommodate emergency situations, relieve pain, and get your oral health back on the right track.
Many patients are tempted to visit their local ER when faced with a dental emergency, and they usually end up having the same experience: they wait. Most ERs are very crowded and will not prioritize dental problems unless a patient is bleeding uncontrollably. That means for most, they get to spend their time in pain and without help. At Aesthetic Family Dentistry, however, emergency patients always come first.
In need of urgent dental care? Please don’t hesitate to contact us in Baytown, TX.
Unparalleled Experience & Qualifications
Dr. Hutto has been a practicing dentist since 1992, and he has studied this craft with some of the most prestigious and well-renowned professionals in the field of dentistry, learning specialized skills like bite alignment correction, comprehensive smile restoration, and more. Even patients who have experienced severe injuries can trust in his expertise and years of time-tested skill. You can also rest assured that our staff will never leave you waiting for days or weeks following an emergency call to the practice. We strive to accommodate these urgent situations as soon as possible, whether you are a reoccurring patient or brand-new.
Dental Accidents & Facial Trauma
There are two major subsets of dental emergencies, the first one being physical injuries, accidents, and general trauma to the teeth and/or jaw. These incidents tend to happen suddenly and without warning, leaving patients with a wide range of ailments, from oral bleeding to fully dislodged teeth. Thankfully, Dr. Hutto can work quickly to relieve pain first before determining the ideal restorative solution. We may be able to preserve the tooth through a custom-made dental crown or filling, or complete replacement may be necessary with a state-of-the-art dental implant.
Dental Emergencies Due to Oral Care Neglect
When dangerous bacteria are allowed to penetrate the layers of your teeth and infect the pulp within, the result can be severe pain and oral sensitivity. If you’re experiencing these alarming symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact our Baytown, TX location for further assistance. If at all possible, our dentists will strive to revitalize and preserve the tooth through root canal therapy. Otherwise, an extraction may be necessary to protect your smile and health from further harm.
Root canals may have a “scary” reputation, but we’re happy to let patients know that there’s not much truth behind it in today’s modern world. In fact, the advanced tools and techniques our team uses help make this procedure smooth, safe, and no more uncomfortable than the placement of a regular filling. Dr. Hutto is likely to recommend root canal therapy for patients with advanced dental infections – our goal is to remove bacteria from within the tooth’s natural structure and rebuild it so that it can continue to thrive as part of your smile for many years to come.
While our top priority is always to protect and preserve natural teeth, there are situations where this unfortunately isn’t possible, such as:
- When a tooth has suffered a traumatic injury
- When a tooth is heavily decayed and cannot be restored through normal methods
- When a tooth must be removed from the mouth to make way for important orthodontic treatment
- When a child’s “baby” tooth is impeding the eruption of its adult version
Our dental practice offers calming sedation dentistry to help make the extraction process stress-free, and we will start working with patients right away on an optimal tooth replacement (if needed) to recreate your best smile in record time.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
The third molars (also known as the “wisdom teeth”) are the last adult teeth to emerge into a patient’s smile, usually arriving somewhere between the ages of 16 and 22. Unfortunately, they can bring a whole host of potentially serious problems with them because of a lack of available space in the mouth. These teeth may become partially or fully trapped within the jawbone or cause harmful overcrowding that leads to higher risks of infection. Here in Baytown, our dentists will closely monitor the development of wisdom teeth in teenage patients and recommend extraction if needed to help them maintain a healthy, harmonious smile.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Being well-prepared for a dental emergency can make all the difference. It can help you avoid situations where you might need urgent care altogether, or it can keep you calm when the worst happens so that you can make the right decisions when they matter most. Dr. Hutto is here to answer all your questions about urgent dental situations; feel free to get in touch with us if you have questions that aren’t addressed here.
Are All Toothaches Considered Emergencies?
Pain in the tooth is unusual, but it is not always an emergency. In fact, sometimes you can get rid of the discomfort simply by flossing between your teeth and removing any food particles that had gotten stuck in your mouth. In other cases, you might only notice a slight moment of discomfort that quickly goes away. However, a toothache should always be considered an emergency if:
- There is a sharp pain that is only growing worse over time.
- The tooth hurts whenever you bite down or put pressure on it.
- The gum tissue around the tooth is swollen or bleeding.
- There is a bad taste in your mouth.
- The area around your jaw or neck has started to swell.
Do I Need to Call the Emergency Room?
A broken tooth or a severe toothache is certainly an emergency, but it’s not one that you’d take to the hospital emergency room. The doctors there won’t have the tools or training needed to place a crown or perform root canal therapy; they might prescribe antibiotics, but that won’t work as a long-term solution. Most of the time, you should call an emergency dentist like Dr. Hutto for oral infections or injuries involving the mouth. You will, however, need to call an emergency room if you have an issue that poses an immediate danger, such as a broken jaw.
Can a Lost Tooth Be Replanted?
The answer is “yes”, but only if you hurry. The longer a tooth is out of your mouth, the harder it will be for it to rejoin with the bone. Ideally, you should arrive at our practice in no more than one or two hours. To give yourself the best chance of a successful replantation, put the tooth back in its socket within five minutes of the accident. If this isn’t possible, you should put it in a container of cold milk or your own saliva to prevent it from drying out. (Do not use water; it could damage the still-living cells on the tooth’s root.)
Can You Prevent a Dental Emergency from Happening in the First Place?
There will always be some risk of an accident breaking your teeth or of bacteria causing an infection in your mouth, but it’ll be much easier to keep your smile safe if you:
- Brush and floss at least twice a day.
- Visit Dr. Hutto for checkups and cleanings.
- Avoid biting on pen tips, peppermints, or other hard objects.
- Open packages with scissors and not your mouth.
- Wear a mouthguard while playing sports.