Emergency Dentist – Houston, TX

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Toothaches, Broken Teeth, Lost Fillings; You Name It, We Can Treat It!

We realize that unexpected moments like dental emergencies can happen, leaving you in shock and panicking to find a trusted dental professional to help get you out of pain and restore your oral health. Dr. Roman and our dental team offer same-day appointments for patients in pain and specialize in treating sudden and severe toothaches! If you’re experiencing any out-of-the-ordinary dental symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact our dental office and emergency dentist in Houston, TX immediately to get the quick, attentive care you need.

Why Choose Roman Dental for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Same-Day Emergency Dental Appointments
  • We Accept Dental Insurance
  • Sedation Dentistry Available

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

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  • Call our office to make an appointment. The sooner you get to our office, the better chance we have of getting your oral health back on track. We’ll pencil you in for a same-day appointment if possible. Over the phone, an experienced team member will provide you with first-aid instructions to manage your situation in the meantime.
  • See Dr. Kotlarek for an emergency exam. When you get to our office, we’ll perform a thorough oral examination to identify the cause of your problem. During your appointment, we’ll discuss your financing options to help with the cost of treatment.
  • Get the care you need. Our team will perform same-day treatment, when possible, to relieve pain and restore the appearance of your smile. If needed, you may have to return for additional services like root canal therapy, gum disease treatment, or extractions.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

If you have a dental emergency on your hands, the first step you should always take is to contact our office right away. We’ll gather information about your situation, including where your pain is radiating from and whether there was a trauma that resulted in damage. Then, we’ll schedule a same-day appointment because early treatment of a toothache is more comfortable, saves teeth, and is less expensive. To prevent a dental problem from getting worse, call or book a dental appointment online today. In the meantime, you can review the following helpful tips to ease your discomfort and prepare you for your visit.

Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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The cost of your dental emergency appointment will depend on a variety of factors, including what type of treatment you require, whether you need dental sedation, and if you need follow-up visits or treatments like receiving a dental crown. Based on all of this information, which we’ll discuss with you after we’ve had a chance to examine your mouth, we’ll draw up an estimate and discuss dental insurance coverage with you.

Every Dental Emergency Is Different 

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Since every patient is unique, no two dental emergencies are the same. When you come see us, we’ll perform a detailed oral examination to evaluate the severity of the damage. Our team will create a personalized treatment plan to get your smile back on the right track. The solutions we recommend will depend entirely on the type of emergency you’re experiencing. Don’t worry – we’ll help you navigate the financial aspect of this entire process, so you know what to expect every step of the way!

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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Most dental insurance plans will offer a certain level of coverage for emergency dental care. This usually includes at least one emergency exam per year. Any procedures related to dental emergencies (i.e., dental crowns and root canal therapy) are often covered at about 50-80%. However, every policy is different, which is why you should confirm the details with your provider before moving forward with anything.

Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable

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We get it – you may be worried about the cost if you don’t have dental insurance. Fortunately, we offer additional solutions to make your care more affordable. You can sign up for flexible financing through CareCredit, which allows you to split the total cost into smaller monthly installments. Also, you can take advantage of our $85 new patient special that includes an exam and X-ray!

Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money 

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Not every dental emergency is preventable. However, there are many steps you can take to greatly lower your chances of one happening! Aside from practicing good oral hygiene (i.e., brushing twice a day, flossing daily, rinsing every day with an ADA-approved mouthwash), you should visit your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. This will keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape and save you thousands of dollars on emergency dental care.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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While there’s no way to completely avoid a dental emergency, there are some ways you can minimize your risk of experiencing one. Here are some precautionary measures to keep you out of your emergency dentist’s treatment chair:

  • Visit the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
  • Maintain a well-balanced diet.
  • Protect your teeth while playing sports.
  • If you grind your teeth at night, invest in a nightguard.
  • Stay hydrated with water.
  • Maintain a good at-home oral hygiene routine.

Root Canal Therapy

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Root canal therapy is a treatment that many patients fear even though there’s nothing to be concerned about if you hear you need one! We make sure to completely numb the area that we’ll be operating on so you won’t feel a thing throughout your procedure. After patients receive root canal therapy, they remark about how much better they feel since their toothache was cured, too. Afterward, we’ll protect and strengthen your treated tooth with a dental crown, so you can hopefully continue to enjoy it for decades to come.

Tooth Extractions

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We understand that there’s no substitution that can compare to your home-grown teeth, which is why we always attempt treating teeth that are severely damaged or decayed before we remove them. However, in situations where not removing a tooth may cause your surrounding teeth harm, we may recommend a tooth extraction. Afterward, we can replace it with a customized implant-retained dental crown or bridge to help you regain a healthy and full smile!

Dental Emergency Frequently Asked Questions

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Will my toothache go away on its own?

Toothaches don’t usually go away on their own, so it is best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kotlarekto ensure that nothing serious is going on. There are all sorts of possible causes for a toothache, and you’ll want to rule them out with a professional as soon as possible. Doing this can help you to catch underlying problems before they become more serious.

How should I sleep with tooth pain?

When you’re dealing with a toothache at night, it can be difficult to get quality sleep. Until you’re able to seek help from a dental professional in the morning, keep your head elevated. This will prevent blood from rushing to your head and intensifying your toothache. Additionally, take over-the-counter pain relievers as directed. Avoid foods that are particularly acidic, cold, or hard before bed. A cold compress may also be able to help numb some of the discomfort.

Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?

Unfortunately, most emergency rooms are unable to address dental emergencies effectively. However, there are a few main exceptions. If you have experienced a jaw fracture or dislocation, serious cut or laceration to the face or mouth, or an abscess or infection that’s swollen to the point of affecting breathing or swallowing, you should head straight to the ER. In virtually all other circumstances, it is best to see your dentist.

What does throbbing tooth pain mean?

Throbbing pain is likely a sign of infection or inflammation within the tooth. Cavities or cracks inside the tooth allow air and bacteria to reach the sensitive inner area where the pulp lies. This results in irritation and potentially infection of pulp nerves, therefore causing pain. This can also occur is tooth decay is present. In other cases, throbbing teeth could be due to chronic teeth grinding and clenching. To find out for sure what’s behind your toothache, you will need to have the issue examined by a dentist.