Emergency Dentistry

Thi Nguyen, DMD -  - General Dentistry

Tacoma Dental Care

Thi Nguyen, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Tacoma, WA

A mouth wound, cracked tooth, or knocked-out teeth are all urgent situations that should have you headed to an emergency dentist immediately. The team at Tacoma Dental Care in Tacoma, Washington, can serve the emergency dental needs of everyone in your family. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, don't wait. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What does an emergency dentist do?

An emergency dentist addresses any dental problem that requires immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth. A good many dental emergencies are situations that involve saving broken or knocked-out teeth. Visiting the team at Tacoma Dental Care within 30 minutes of your mouth or tooth injury can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth.

Are you in need of emergency dental care?

It's never a bad idea to find emergency dental care if you're concerned about a severe oral injury or condition for yourself or a member of your family. These types of situations are generally considered dental emergencies:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • Intense tooth or mouth pain
  • Bleeding inside your mouth from your gums, cheeks, or tongue
  • An injury to your face or mouth
  • Swelling in your tongue, gums, or mouth
  • A badly fractured or cracked tooth
  • A laceration or tear on your lips

If a tooth is slightly chipped and doesn't hurt, though, you might not be dealing with a dental emergency. Even so, you can't go wrong by calling an experienced dentist at Tacoma Dental Care. They're trained to handle dental emergencies and can walk you through what to do with your tooth until you can visit the office.

How do I care for a knocked-out tooth?

A knocked-out tooth is one of the most severe dental emergencies. If you don't seek dental care right away, you may be at risk of losing the tooth. Do your best to rinse your mouth and the damaged tooth. Swish warm water around your mouth and rinse the tooth in warm water, being careful to avoid touching the tooth's roots.

Gently handle the tooth by the crown (top) as you rinse it. If possible, try to place it back into the socket in your gum where it came out. Close your mouth slowly. Hold the tooth in place with your fingers or gently bite down on it to help it stay in place until you can visit Tacoma Dental Care. Call immediately, or have someone call for you to explain the situation.

If the tooth can't be replaced in the empty socket, place it in a small cup of cold milk. The milk will help preserve the roots until you can make it into the office. Don't let a broken tooth prevent you from enjoying your smile. Call Tacoma Dental Care for expert assistance in the event of a dental emergency.