What To Do in Case of a Dental Emergency

Red dental emergency kit sitting next to a model of a tooth.

If you get a dental injury or are in a lot of pain, you will want to see a dentist immediately. Some emergencies are more urgent than others, so let’s discuss what you should do in certain situations.


What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

Not every dental situation is an emergency. Generally speaking, if you are experiencing constant bleeding, severe pain, or knocked out teeth, it’s considered a dental emergency.


Let’s take a look at common dental emergencies:

  1. Loose or knocked out tooth

  2. Broken tooth restorations (Like crowns, fillings, or dentures)

  3. Chronic toothache

  4. Cracked or chipped tooth

  5. Bleeding that won’t stop

If you have any of these issues, contact Willow Smiles Dentistry immediately to get treatment as soon as possible.


What Should You Do if Your Tooth Is Knocked Out?

You can do a few things to save your tooth before coming into our office. Hold the tooth by the crown only (the part where you chew food). Rinse with water, and try to put it back into the socket to preserve it. If you can’t, you can also put the tooth in a glass of milk. You can apply a cold compress to your mouth to reduce swelling on the way to the dentist.


Does Dental Insurance Cover Emergency Dentistry?

It depends on your coverage. If you’re unsure, you can contact our office to get assistance in finding out if you are eligible. If emergency dentistry isn’t covered, our office is happy to work with you to make your treatment as affordable as possible.


Dental Emergency at Willow Smiles Dentistry

Dr. Z and Dr. D are happy to give you same-day treatment for dental emergencies. You shouldn’t have to deal with excruciating pain or any dental problem for longer than necessary. Please give our Puyallup, WA office a call to receive urgent care for your dental emergency.


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