At Dr. Stephen Woods Dentistry, we put the “care” back in dental care. We are here when you need us, and we strive to see all emergency cases as soon as possible. Our office is conveniently located in San Antonio, serving residents throughout the area. We recommend entering our phone number in your cell phone contacts, so that you can reach us easily in case of a dental emergency. If you, or a friend, have a dental emergency, the sooner you call us, the sooner we can help you. During regular office hours, call 210-558-3133. For dental emergencies after hours, call 210-844-4453.
The best possible solution to an emergency is to avoid it. Of course, no one chooses to have an injury, toothache, or other painful dental problem, but you may be surprised to learn how often emergencies can be avoided. In some situations, proper safety precautions can prevent injuries. Our family dentist offers custom mouth guards for kids and adults, which are an essential part of protective gear in contact sports.
Additionally, severe pain, abscesses, and teeth that break during normal use often result from dental neglect. Untreated cavities and oral disease are often painless at first, making it tempting to postpone seeing a dentist. However, dental problems are progressive. Early treatment usually involves minor procedures, which can be scheduled at your convenience. Ignoring the problem leads to more painful, costly, and extensive dental problems, which often manifest at the most inopportune times.
Tips for avoiding emergencies:
- Wear a mouth guard when playing sports
- Maintain good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly
- Follow care and maintenance instructions for any dental appliance
- Seek treatment for cavities, recurrent toothaches, and other minor dental problems early
What to do in case of an emergency:
Call us immediately if you are experiencing fever, swelling, or pain that is interfering with your normal activities. Until you can make it to our office, you can take steps to make yourself more comfortable and minimize the damage.
Knocked out tooth
– Rinse the tooth gently, taking care not to disturb any attached tissues. Reinsert it in the socket if possible, or keep it in a clean container of milk and see a dentist ASAP.
Broken tooth or dental restoration
– Save any pieces and bring them to the office with you.
Lost filling or crown
– Sugarless gum or over the counter cement can temporarily cover exposed nerves. Dental crowns can sometimes be held in place with denture adhesive or toothpaste, but never use glue.
– Clove oil or dental pain reliever such as Anbesol can be applied topically. Do not hold oral medication against the gums as it can cause burning.
– An ice pack applied externally can help control swelling and ease pain.
– Apply pressure using a small piece of sterile gauze to slow bleeding.
Remember, in cases of a dental emergency – or better yet, before an emergency occurs, call Dr. Stephen Wood Dentistry. During normal business hours, you can reach us at (210) 558-3133. For after hour emergencies, please call 210-844-4453. Our emergency dentist is ready to serve you!