Emergency Dentist

Bristles Family Dentistry -  - Dentist

Shirley Parikh, DDS, FAGD

Dentist located in Houston, TX

Emergency Dentist
As a highly skilled general dentist, Dr. Shirley Parikh is always prepared to use her expertise in responding to dental emergencies. Emergency dentistry involves treatment for sudden pain or damage to your teeth and gums. Bristles Family Dentistry in Houston always leaves openings for emergencies during operating hours. Even after hours, call Dr. Parikh’s office for immediate help if you have a dental emergency to avoid risking further damage to their teeth.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry involves treatment for any trauma to your mouth through an accident or other means that’s caused damage to your teeth and gums. Dr. Parikh always leaves time in her schedule for emergency dental visits and even takes calls outside of regular office hours. Don’t hesitate to contact Bristles Family Dentistry with any urgent questions or concerns.

What situations call for emergency dentistry?

The most common dental emergencies include:

  • Toothaches
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • A knocked-out tooth
  • An extruded (partially dislodged) tooth
  • Objects caught between teeth

Dr. Parikh can potentially reset a lost tooth right in her office. You may increase your chances of saving your tooth by taking or avoiding certain immediate measures, including:

  1. Do not touch the roots of the tooth.
  2. If possible, replace the tooth into the socket or hold it in your cheek.
  3. If you can’t place the tooth back in your mouth, put it in a small container of milk to help preserve it.
  4. Call Dr. Parikh immediately so she can prepare for your arrival.

Dental emergencies also include any sudden damage to dental appliances, such as:

  • A lost filling or crown
  • Broken braces and wires
  • Loose brackets and bands

If you experience any of these issues, contact Bristles Family Dentistry right away for information on what immediate measures you should take before you get to the office.

How can I avoid dental emergencies?

By definition, dental emergency situations usually aren’t predictable. However, there are precautionary measures you should always take to reduce the risk of encountering them.

A mouthguard serves as the first line of defense for your teeth and is strongly recommended when playing sports. Other general preventive measures include:

  • Proper oral hygiene
  • Careful chewing

Never use your teeth to pry things open. Additionally, avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candy, which can all cause tooth damage. Contact Dr. Parikh at Bristles Family Dentistry with any questions or concerns regarding dental emergencies.

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