If you experience a dental emergency such as having a tooth knocked out or breaking a tooth, you want a dentist you can count on for prompt and expert service. George Saliba, DDS, and Basil Moukarim, DDS, offer same-day service, whenever possible, at the Champion neighborhood and West University, Texas, locations of Dental Illusions. If you live in the Houston area and are having a dental emergency, call the practice or book an appointment online.
A dental emergency occurs when you experience an injury, trauma, or condition that requires immediate attention from a dentist. Dental emergencies include situations like broken or dislodged teeth, abscesses, or other injuries that need dental attention to save the tooth, stop bleeding, or alleviate severe pain.
If you feel like an injury has put one of your teeth at risk, call Dental Illusions to get advice on whether you need to come into the office for emergency dental treatment. The most common dental emergencies are when you lose or break a tooth in an accident, like when playing a sport or if you’re in an auto collision.
If you lose a crown or another piece of dental restoration — though not technically an emergency — you should call Dental Illusions and schedule an appointment to have your tooth repaired. Dr. Saliba and Dr. Moukarim know how important your smile is and will see you as soon as possible, possibly on the same day.
If you lose a tooth, you need to keep it moist until you see your dentist. The best way to do this is to gently place the tooth back in its socket. If you can’t rest your tooth in the socket, your second best option is to nestle it between your cheek and gum. As a last resort, you can put your tooth in a small sealed container with milk. Be sure to never use water to keep a tooth moist. Also, take care not to touch the root when you handle the tooth.
Call Dental Illusions to let them know that you’ve lost a tooth. They’ll do their best to get you in with either Dr. Saliba or Dr. Moukarim that day.
The best way to avoid dental emergencies is to practice good dental hygiene at home, brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, and having regular dental checkups and professional cleanings every six months. This helps keep your teeth strong, healthy and resistant to trauma. Also, if you play sports, make sure to always wear a mouthguard.
If you’ve had a dental emergency, call Dental Illusions or schedule an appointment online.