Emergency Dental Care

Sunshine Dental is available to help if you knock a tooth loose, break it, or experience severe toothache pain. Dental emergencies are unpredictable, and Dr. Hung T. Chau, a top-rated dentist with over two decades of experience, can address most emergency dental treatments with a same-day appointment. If you live in the Houston, Texas area, call to find out if you require immediate medical help for your emergency.

Emergency Dental Care Q & A

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is often unpredictable but requires you to see a dentist immediately. If you’ve knocked a tooth loose, cracked a tooth, or are excessively bleeding from soft tissue (tongue or cheek), you should see a dentist as soon as possible.

A dental emergency isn’t always obvious. It may be a toothache if the pain has increased in severity in a short period, or an abscess that erupts from a painfully swollen tooth. If you lose a dental crown or veneer, it may be best to see Dr. Chau immediately.

If you’re unsure whether your situation is a dental emergency, call Sunshine Dental. Dr. Chau’s staff reviews the symptoms and indicates whether your problem requires immediate attention.

Why do I need to come in for a dental emergency?

Never ignore a serious dental injury or pain. If your emergency is not treated quickly, it may cause permanent damage. You might need to have an expensive or painful treatment to correct the problem. You shouldn’t diagnose the problem yourself. Dr. Chau is a dental expert and provides the necessary professional treatment for your emergency.

What should I do if I can’t get to the office in time?

What you should do depends on your emergency. If you have a toothache, Dr. Chau recommends rinsing your mouth with warm water. Floss to remove any food that may be stuck around the tooth. And use a cold compress to control swelling of your gums. If you break or chip your tooth, collect the broken pieces and bring them to Dr. Chau. Wash your mouth and the pieces of your tooth with water. Then apply gauze to the area if it’s bleeding or a cold compress to reduce swelling.

If you’ve knocked out a tooth, clean it with water then try to reinsert it. Face it the right way and don’t try to force it back into the gum socket. If the tooth refuses to go back into your mouth, keep it moist by putting it in milk until you can see Dr. Chau.

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  • "I have always had a fear of dentist. I went in for an abscess, and was terrified. Dr. Chau took great care of me an reassured me several times everything would be ok! He was fast and painless, and I have now found a permanent dentist I’m not afraid of!"
    Chakoya J.
  • "Thanks to the staff at Sunshine for fantastic service every time. One of the most important things is that I have never felt I'm being targeted for an up sell on treatment or a service I don't actually need. This is not the case with most other dentists I have visited. Thanks!"
    Lennie A.
  • "I've been a patient at Sunshine dental for 10 years now. Dr. Chau and his staff have always been very professional and give the best care. Before finding Sunshine dental I tried several dentists and by far Dr. Chau's skill set has proven to be superior to all the other dentists that I was a patient of. This office is awesome."
    Lennier R.