Emergency Dentistry in Mukilteo

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry deals with urgent dental issues that require immediate attention. Some of the most common dental emergencies include severe toothaches, chipped or broken teeth, knocked-out teeth, and oral infections. While some dental emergencies may seem minor, they can quickly become serious if left untreated, leading to pain, discomfort, and even permanent damage to the teeth and gums. Our compassionate team is here to provide emergency dental care as soon as possible to ensure the best possible outcome and to prevent further complications.

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Kids and adults lose over five million teeth every year!

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How to Handle a Dental Emergency Step-By-Step

Stay Calm & Composed

Unexpected dental trauma can quickly ruin a good day. Rest assured that almost any problem can be addressed and resolved by our dental team. Take a deep breath, manage any pain or bleeding, and give our team a call. We’re at your side with urgent dental care when you need it most.

Control Bleeding

First, gently rinse out your mouth with a slightly warm mix of salt and water. Place a moistened piece of gauze over the bleeding area and apply slight pressure by either biting or pressing down. Replace the gauze around every 20 minutes until you reach our office or bleeding subsides.

Relieve Pain & Swelling

Use over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, for pain relief. If physical trauma has resulted in swelling, apply an ice pack against the outside of the cheek for 15 to 20 minutes at a time to lessen inflammation.

Call Our Team

Once the situation has been managed, call our office as soon as possible. We’ll be able to confirm your emergency dental visit and provide guidance until you reach the office. We recommend saving our number, (425) 584-6359, to your phone so you’ll be ready in case urgent care is needed.

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Same-Day Emergency Dental Care

With dental emergencies, time is of the essence. Prompt treatment can offer immediate pain relief and be the difference between saving your natural tooth or requiring a replacement procedure. We offer same-day emergency dental services when treatment can’t wait. You can trust our team to be there for you for unexpected dental emergencies with quick, compassionate care.

Common Dental Emergency Treatments

Treatment will vary depending on your situation. We’ll ask questions during your initial call to make sure we’re prepared to deliver the best treatment as soon as possible. When a tooth is knocked out, immediate care can reinsert the tooth and hold it in place with tooth splinting. This allows the tooth to heal in place with extra stabilization. Chipped or broken teeth may be repaired through dental bonding, or a dental crown if the damage is more severe. Severe toothaches are often the sign of infection and may be treated with root canal therapy. We’ll always strive to maintain your natural tooth, but some cases may warrant an emergency tooth extraction. Our team will assess the situation and offer the best recommendation for overall oral health and immediate patient comfort.

Did you know…

Place a knocked-out tooth in a container of cold milk to preserve the root while you head to your emergency appointment.

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Answers to Common Questions about Emergency Dentistry

When does a toothache warrant an emergency visit?

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If tooth pain is ever severe or unbearable, even for a single day, we recommend scheduling an emergency dental visit. Even if tooth pain is managed at home with pain medication, it’s likely the result of an underlying issue that needs treatment before it becomes worse. We also suggest scheduling a visit if tooth pain lasts for more than one day to resolve issues in their earliest stages.

What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?

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If possible, collect the removed tooth and gently rinse it off. Place it in a glass of cold milk or saliva to bring with you to our office. Be careful to only handle the tooth by its crown and avoid touching the roots. Gently bite down on a moistened strip of gauze to control bleeding, and call us to confirm your emergency dental visit. If addressed right away, the tooth can be reinserted and allowed to heal without the need of a dental bridge or implant.

What should I do if a tooth is chipped, broken, or cracked?

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Even minor chips or cracks should receive immediate attention. Chips can affect the functionality of your teeth and put you at a higher risk of oral trauma. They also increase the risk of further complications or infection with less structural reinforcement. Use a strip of moistened gauze to manage bleeding if necessary, and call our office right away to schedule a dental examination.

Why is emergency dental care necessary?

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You might notice a tooth is chipped or cracked without feeling any pain. It might be easy to put off dental care and continue on as before without treatment until your next appointment. Even without pain, this puts your teeth at risk of further complications. The inner dental pulp and roots are at an increased risk of tooth decay and infection. With prompt treatment, you can rest assured your teeth are healthy and receive restorative or cosmetic services to bring your teeth back to full health.

What should I do if a filling or dental crown falls out?

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If a previous piece of dental work falls out, it’s important to call us right away for an emergency dental visit. Without the aid of fillings or dental crowns, teeth are at risk of bacteria that can damage or infect their inner nerves and dental pulp.

Retrieve the fillings or crown if possible and place them in a plastic bag to bring with you to the office. A salt-water solution can be used to gently rinse debris and bacteria from the area. Avoid chewing on the exposed side of your mouth, and try to keep the area clean. Over-the-counter dental wax may also be placed on the tooth as a temporary solution to keep the tooth protected until your visit.

Did you know…

If left untreated, a tooth infection can spread to other parts of your body and cause issues that impact your overall health.

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