Life does not always go according to plan. Even with proper dental care and routine visits to our office, dental emergencies can arise at a moment’s notice. At Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry, we know that dental emergencies are extremely inconvenient, so we strive to make our treatments as efficient and accommodating as possible. In emergency situations, Dr. Vlachakis is happy to see both new and existing patients without a previous appointment.
Urgent Dental Treatment
Even if you have never visited our office before, we can book you for same-day treatment. Dr. Vlachakis also offers after-hours urgent care to existing patients. Dental emergencies do not limit themselves to office hours, and neither do we!
What You Should Know about Common Dental Emergencies
Although we are always ready to treat your urgent needs, knowing what to do immediately after a dental emergency can save your tooth and help protect your smile.
- Knocked out tooth: If you or your child loses a permanent tooth, you should carefully pick up the missing tooth without touching the root. If possible, place it back in your mouth and gently bite down to hold it in place. If you are unable to do so, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take it with you to our office.
- Missing crown: If your dental crown comes off, you should never try to replace it yourself! Dr. Vlachakis can easily restore it or replace it with a new restoration.
- Broken tooth: Gather up all the pieces of your broken tooth and take them with you to the office for emergency treatment. If you experience significant discomfort or swelling, you can treat it with a cold compress.
- Object stuck in teeth: If you have a piece of food or debris stuck between your teeth, it can cause gum irritation and inflammation. You should floss thoroughly all around your tooth to remove the object. However, you should never try to dislodge it with a sharp instrument, as this could seriously harm your tooth or gums.
Call Us if You Have an Emergency
If you have a dental emergency, then Dr. Vlachakis is ready to provide you with the immediate care that you need. Schedule an emergency visit by calling Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry today at (281) 974-4494. Located in Memorial City Plaza, we proudly serve the residents of Houston, Memorial City, Bunker Hill, West Beltway, City Center, Hedwig Village, and all surrounding communities.