Emergency Dentistry

Family and Cosmetic Dentist located in Abilene, TX

Emergency Dentistry
About Emergency Dentistry

If you lose a tooth, develop a cavity, or get something lodged between your teeth, emergency dentistry can limit the pain and lower the risk of more serious complications. At Morris Dental Associates, located in Abilene, Texas, Amy Morris, DDS, and the team offer a variety of emergency dentistry services. To learn more or inquire about availability, call the office to speak with a team member. You can also walk in during normal business hours or request an appointment online.

Emergency Dentistry Q&A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry diagnoses and treats potentially serious oral health problems that require same-day attention. If you knock out a tooth, develop a severe toothache, or bite your tongue and it won’t stop bleeding, it’s critical to seek professional help. Seemingly minor issues can lead to infections or permanent damage without early diagnosis and intervention.

Emergency dentistry allows you to preserve your smile and oral health. Dr. Morris sets aside time for same-day appointments whenever possible to accommodate busy schedules.

What types of problems can emergency dentistry treat?

At Morris Dental Associates, Dr. Morris uses emergency dentistry to treat various problems, including:

  • Cracked, chipped, or fractured teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Bleeding and swollen gums
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Severe decay
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Oral abscesses

You might also benefit from emergency dentistry if you get something stuck between your teeth, like a toothpick.

What should I do if I lose a dental restoration?

If you lose a dental restoration like a crown, fixed bridge, or veneer, it's important to stay calm and act quickly. First, pick up any pieces of the restoration. Rinse them in cool tap water and place them inside a plastic bag. After you’ve secured the restoration, call Morris Dental Associates.

The team asks you a series of questions, including how the damage occurred, if your mouth is bleeding, and if you’re experiencing any pain. After gathering this information, they pencil you in for a same-day appointment and provide tips to limit any discomfort on your way to the office.

How can I prevent a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies occur suddenly with little warning, which makes them difficult to prevent. To lower your risk, Dr. Morris recommends brushing and flossing every day, visiting Morris Dental Associates at least twice a year, and avoiding habits like chewing on ice or nail-biting.

You might also want to wear a mouthguard if you skateboard, rollerblade, mountain bike, or play contact sports. If you grind your teeth or clench your jaws while sleeping, Dr. Morris might recommend a nightguard.

To receive emergency dentistry treatment, call Morris Dental Associates to speak with a team member, walk in during normal business hours, or book online today.