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9300 North Lamar Blvd., Suite A, Austin, TX 78753                             (512)782-8744

DENTAL EMERGENCIES

If you are experiencing a dental emergency such as a toothache, an infected tooth, a broken filling, or loose crown, we have late evening and weekend hours that can accommodate your busy schedule.  If you are experiencing pain, we will present the treatment options, and often, we can prescribe medication to help with the discomfort and pain. Give us a call today and we can help you schedule an appointment for your dental emergency.  Our office also accepts walk-ins.

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth, and it may need to be done for several reasons.  When a tooth is damaged by decay or broken, we will try to fix the tooth with a filling, root canal, crown or other treatment.  However, sometimes there is too much damage, and the tooth will need to be extracted.  Sometimes, if you have extra teeth, severe crowding, or impacted wisdom teeth, the removal of teeth is required before orthodontic procedures (braces). Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are often extracted because they can irritate the gum and can cause pain and swelling.  The dentist will determine whether a tooth extraction is necessary after doing a comprehensive exam.

Teeth can chip or fractured for many reasons due to cavities, old restorations, or trauma to face or mouth. When a tooth chips, it may or may not hurt.  Your tongue usually can feel the sharpness of the chipped area.  If a large piece of tooth breaks, it can expose nerves and cause extreme discomfort. A chipped tooth can usually be repaired with a filling or crown.  If nerve exposure occurs, then the tooth may need a root canal treatment and a crown.  With a comprehensive exam, the dentist will present the best treatment plan for the chipped or fractured tooth.

Old crowns and fillings can become loose or fall off/out of the tooth, usually because there is decay underneath it.  A tooth with missing crown or filling can be sensitive to temperature, pressure, or air.  If your crown fell out, put it in a safe place, schedule a dental appointment, and bring the crown along with you to your appointment.  At the visit, the dentist will examine your tooth and see if your old crown can be recemented.  If decay changed the shaped of your tooth structure, the dentist will need to prepare the tooth again and fabricate a new crown.  If you lose a filling, the dentist will remove the decay and place a new filling.  The severity of the decay will determine on whether a filling or crown can be placed or other treatment is needed. 

An abscess is an infection in or around the root of the tooth which may or may not be painful. It occurs when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, dies and becomes inflamed.  A dental abscess is usually treated with a root canal treatment and then restored with a crown.  If the tooth cannot be saved then the tooth will be removed and the abscess will be drained to eliminate the infection.  Pain from an abscess may come and go, but do not be fooled if your pain subsides. If left untreated, serious complications can arise.