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If you’re having a dental emergency, don’t wait to get the care you need. Get in touch with us as soon as possible to speak with our team and save your smile! Unsure if you’re having a dental emergency? Keep reading.

I think it's an emergency. What do I do?

It's important to act quickly when it comes to emergency dental care. But it may be tough to know what is a true emergency. If you're dealing with persistent pain, it's a clear sign that something's not right. And if you don't know why it's happening or can't take care of it yourself, it's especially important to seek help. If you've recently injured your mouth or teeth, you should see your dentist right away. A knocked-out tooth or damaged dental work are emergencies — nothing should be falling out of your mouth! Still unsure? Give us a call and our team will be happy to help you figure it out and give you some tips for self-care in the meantime.

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Did you know…

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If you lose a tooth, place it in cold milk while you head to your emergency appointment. Source: Mayo Clinic

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Digital X-Rays & Imaging

Better diagnostics means better results. With modern imaging techniques, we can quickly and accurately assess your dental emergency, and create a treatment plan right away, so you can relieve your dental pain and get back to your life.

Same-Day Care

During a dental emergency, everything can happen so fast. If you can’t get to a phone, or just need to get help right away, you can walk right into our office and get the immediate care you deserve.

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The Benefits of Emergency Dentistry

Relieve Your Pain

There’s no reason why you should live in discomfort, emergency dentistry alleviates pain so you can live and smile comfortably.

Restore Your Bite

Get your smile back by fixing cracked, chipped, or missing teeth.

Prevent Further Complications

Get treated early and avoid complex problems that arise from tooth infections or fallen teeth.

What do I do in a Dental Emergency?

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Keep Calm & Reduce Bleeding

Dental injuries can turn a normal day into a stressful and painful experience, but it's important to remain calm. Remember that we are here to assist you. By taking a few deep breaths and assessing the situation, you'll be better equipped to make the right decisions in an emergency. If your dental injury or accident is causing bleeding, apply pressure to the affected area with a clean piece of gauze. Keep the gauze in place until the bleeding stops or until you can reach our office for further treatment.

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Control Swelling & Pain

Pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can temporarily reduce pain or swelling. Avoid blood-thinning medications such as aspirin as they can make it difficult to control the bleeding. Along with medication, you can also reduce pain by using a cold compress, such as an ice pack, on the cheek or lip near the affected area.

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Call Us Right Away

After composing your dental emergency, call us right away. Even if you're not certain if your situation is an emergency, our Washington dentist will evaluate the severity of the injury and schedule an appointment as soon as possible to provide the necessary care. That way, you can get out of pain and restore the health of your tooth.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have accidentally knocked out a tooth, it's important to act quickly to increase the chances of saving it. To recover the tooth, handle it by the crown (the top) rather than the root to prevent any further damage. Rinse the tooth with warm water to remove any debris, being careful not to scrub or use any abrasive materials. If possible, try to gently place the tooth back into its socket. Do not force it into place as it may cause additional damage. If you cannot put the tooth back, store it in a container of cold milk to keep it hydrated until you can get to the dentist. For knocked-out teeth, time is of the essence, so contact us immediately to get guidance on how to handle the emergency and ensure that we are prepared for your visit. Remember, in order to save the tooth and avoid the need for prosthetics, the tooth should be replaced and splinted within 1-2 hours.

If you've lost a piece of dental work, such as a filling or crown, it's important to act quickly to protect your oral health. Call us to schedule an appointment so we can treat it as soon as possible. Losing dental work can expose your teeth to bacteria and lead to further complications. Gently place the dental work in a clean plastic bag or container and bring it with you to your emergency appointment. We understand that losing dental work can be stressful, but rest assured that we'll do everything we can to restore your smile.

A toothache that lasts for more than two days is a cause for concern. It could be a sign of a tooth infection, which is a serious dental emergency that requires prompt attention. We understand how uncomfortable and distressing tooth pain can be, and we want you to find relief as soon as possible. If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, please don't hesitate to contact us. We can address your concerns and promptly schedule an appointment.

If you have a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, it can be difficult to assess the severity of the damage without a professional oral exam. Leaving it untreated can lead to further complications like infection and cause additional, preventable complications. We are right by your side to help and support you in getting your smile back to optimal health. If you experience any of these issues, please don't hesitate to give us a call, we will schedule an appointment and provide you with a thorough examination and proper guidance to restore and protect your smile and alleviate your pain.

If you have a loose tooth from a dental injury, get in touch with us and schedule a same-day appointment. Not treating it in time can damage the nerves supporting your tooth, causing the tooth to fall out. So, don’t hesitate to reach out, we are here for you! After scheduling your appointment, try to keep the tooth as stable as possible. Avoid moving the loose tooth with your tongue or fingers. During your appointment, your dentist will attach the tooth to the adjacent teeth with a splint. The splint provides support for the tooth so it can heal and re-attach itself to your gums.