Emergency Dental Care, San Antonio
Same-day emergency treatment
A dental emergency can be quite serious, and neglecting to take care of an immediate problem might lead to further damage or issues in the future. If you have a dental emergency, Dr. Liska can see you within the same day during office hours.
If you are in pain, it’s important that we deal with it first and foremost as quickly as possible. Dr. Liska can identify the problem and determine what the proper treatment is to get you out of pain. If needed, he may use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth or prescribe antibiotics and oral pain medication. Our major priority is to get you out of pain.
Our fast emergency treatment:
- Dr. Liska conducts a limited problem focused exam to find the exact issue and solution.
- X-rays are taken to see in greater detail the condition of your mouth or to identify potential threats to your dental health.
- Treatment is begun that same day to alleviate pain and fix the problem, including extractions or root canal therapy if needed.
Tips for handling a dental emergency
Here are some helpful tips for a dental emergency:
- Knocked out tooth –
- Place the tooth back in the mouth where it fell out (if possible), and bite down gently on gauze or a wet tea bag to hold it in place, being careful not to swallow the tooth.
- If the above step is not possible, place the tooth in a container and cover with a small amount of whole milk or saliva. The tooth can also be carried between lower lip and lower gum or under the tongue.
- Loose crown – If a crown feels loose or comes detached, carefully attempt to slip it back on. First, prepare the inside of the crown with over-the-counter dental cement, denture adhesive or even toothpaste. Otherwise, bring the crown with you to our office.
- Lost dental filling – Temporarily seal an empty area exposed by the lost filling with a piece of sugarless gum or over-the-counter dental cement.
- Broken tooth – Save all pieces of the broken tooth and rinse your mouth with warm water to flush any remaining fragments. Apply a cold compress to the area.
- Toothache – Rinse your mouth with warm water and floss to remove food particles. If there is swelling, apply a cold compress to the main site.
- Dental abscess – Contact Dr. Liska immediately if you find an abscess – it may lead to a serious infection if left untreated. Rinse your mouth with a mild saline solution of ½ teaspoon salt in 8 ounces of water several times a day.
To make an appointment, call (210) 342-8251 or click here to request an appointment online.