The American Dental Association (ADA) lists the following services as essential:

 
  • Controlling severe bleeding
  • Addressing mouth swelling and pain
  • Treating tooth and jaw pain
  • Post-surgery treatment
  • Address cracked or broken teeth
  • Taking a biopsy of abnormal tissue
 

Cavity: To Fill or Not to Fill

 
A cavity needs to be filled when tooth enamel is weakened or destroyed. This causes a small hole in the tooth. People with cavities generally don’t notice them, but they should be treated as soon as possible. A cavity is permanent and needs to be filled quickly to avoid further decay. We do not recommend waiting for more than a few weeks to fill a cavity. Cavities can occur anywhere on a tooth. Filling a cavity between teeth is common, and your dentist will provide guidelines for flossing and cleaning after your cavity is filled. Filling a cavity between teeth should be taken care of as soon as possible. Filling a wisdom tooth cavity usually takes only a few minutes and is a very common procedure. After numbing the mouth, the dentist will fill the cavity by first removing decay from the tooth. After that, a bonded filling will be placed on the tooth.
 
Failing to treat a cavity can result in the following dental problems:
 
  • Changes in your bite
  • Tooth loss
  • Bad breath
  • Decay in nearby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Movement of nearby teeth
  • Speech problems
  • Bone loss
  • Altered facial features

Dental Emergencies

A dental emergency involves an injury, infection, or other ailment that requires immediate Dental emergencies or Orthodontic dental work can be caused by accidents, illnesses, sports injuries, biting into hard foods, and neglecting your dental hygiene. These are a few of the most common dental emergencies we see at in our Houston Texas Dental Office.
  • Dental cavity
  • Cracked tooth
  • Abscess
  • Toothache
  • Loss of a permanent tooth
  • Any kind of jaw or mouth trauma
 
Even when you take excellent care of your teeth, there is always the possibility of having a dental emergency. We recommend keeping your dentist’s information in your wallet and stored in the notes section of your phone. Promptly treating dental issues will decrease the likelihood of additional dental procedures.

Dental Checkups

Dental checkups, regular cleaning, and specialty dental services can help you avoid dental emergencies. Often times a dental emergency can even be a clear retainers or  dental braces that do not fit before a vacation. We recommend that patients schedule dental checkups and cleanings every six months. Maintaining and improving dental health starts at home (avoiding sweet, starchy foods, brushing and flossing after every meal, and following your dentist’s instructions), but regular checkups and cleanings are essential.