Emergency Dentist

Lakewood Dentistry

Zaina Timmons-Farah, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Houston, TX

If you knock out a tooth, develop a cavity, or bite your tongue, don’t wait to see an emergency dentist. The sooner you receive treatment, the less likely you are to experience complications, such as pain or the need for an extraction. At Lakewood Dentistry in Houston, Texas, Zaina Timmons-Farah, DDS, and the team offer emergency dentistry services on-site, including same-day visits, weekend, and after-hours appointments. To schedule a consultation, book online or call the office and speak with a friendly staff member today.

Emergency Dentist Q & A

What is an emergency dentist?

An emergency dentist is a medical professional who provides prompt care for oral health problems like toothaches, knocked-out teeth, and oral abscesses. If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, make an appointment at Lakewood Dentistry as soon as possible.

Making it to the office within an hour of your accident or injury could mean the difference between saving a permanent tooth or the need for a time-consuming or complex surgery. Immediate treatment can also minimize pain and speed up your body’s natural healing process.

What are some conditions that an emergency dentist treats?

As an emergency dentist, Dr. Farah treats a variety of common oral health problems, including:

  • Severe toothaches
  • Broken or damaged prosthetics (crowns, bridges, or dental implants)
  • Cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Oral infections
  • Oral abscesses
  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Mouth sores
  • Swelling

You might also benefit from emergency dental treatment if you experience a sports or work-related injury or an automobile accident.

What should I do if I need to see an emergency dentist?

In the event of a dental emergency, it’s important to stay calm and act quickly.

If you chip or crack a crown, bridge, dental implants, or dentures, carefully pick up the broken pieces and put them in a plastic bag. Then, call Dr. Farah right away.

If you lose a permanent tooth, gently pick it up by the crown, and rinse it under cool tap water. If possible, put the tooth back in the socket, but if it won’t stay or wobbles, place it in a glass of milk. Then call Dr. Farah.

On the call, explain the circumstances leading up to your injury and the severity of your pain. Dr. Farah may be able to provide you with tips or suggestions to stop the bleeding or limit swelling on your way over. 

If you experience a dental emergency during normal business hours, simply walk-in. If you experience an emergency at night or on the weekend, don’t worry. Dr. Farah offers appointments on weekends and after hours whenever possible. 

How can I avoid a trip to an emergency dentist?

There’s no way to prevent a trip to the emergency dentist entirely, but you can significantly lower your risk by practicing good oral hygiene and wearing adequate protective gear. For example, Dr. Farah recommends brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting Lakewood Dentistry every six months for a professional exam and cleaning.

If you play contact sports, skateboard, or snowboard, you might also want to wear a mouth guard to lower your risk of chipping or cracking a tooth. You should also avoid bad habits like nail-biting or chewing on ice cubes. Both of these activities can damage your tooth enamel and gums.

Don’t wait to meet with an emergency dentist. Schedule an appointment at Lakewood Dentistry. Book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a friendly staff member today.