Emergency Dentist – Kent, WA
Helping Patients Get Out of Pain Fast
Dental accidents happen to patients of all ages, and usually at the most inconvenient times. No one should have to suffer through pain and embarrassment while they wait for a regularly scheduled appointment. Here at Kent Dental Clinic, we want to be there for you and your family during these stressful times. Dr. Dhaliwal and his team are equipped with the latest technology to address all types of dental emergencies, including a severe toothache, a knocked-out tooth, a broken crown, and many other conditions. When dental accidents happen, call our office immediately. Our team will be able to provide you with instructions on how to best handle your situation.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When faced with a dental emergency, you’re typically looking at two different scenarios: long-term infections or sudden physical accidents. Thankfully, Dr. Dhaliwal can assist patients suffering from both. It’s important to remember to call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. If we are unable to get you in immediately, we will walk you through the steps you can take at home until we can get you in to see the dentist.
If a toothache occurs as a result of poor oral hygiene, take an over-the-counter pain reliever to alleviate any discomfort you might be feeling. Try brushing and flossing to make sure there is nothing lodged between your teeth. Depending on the status of the tooth, a root canal may be the only way to save the tooth and relieve the pain.
Should you have a chipped tooth, if possible, retrieve the broken piece. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to your face if the fracture was the result of a hard impact. To reduce the pain and swelling, take an over-the-counter pain reliever, but avoid aspirin. During your examination, if the dentist believes the tooth is too damaged, it may be necessary to extract it.
When dealing with a knocked-out tooth, there are a few steps you can follow:
- Retrieve the tooth. Only touch the crown of the tooth, and do your best not to touch the root or any tissue that may still be attached.
- As soon as possible, gently rinse the tooth under running water. For safety, block the sink drain with something soft such as a towel or handkerchief.
- If possible, put the tooth back in place and hold it in the socket by gently applying pressure with the opposing tooth.
- If you can’t keep the tooth in place, store it in a small, covered container filled with milk.
If seen within an hour, it may be possible for the tooth to be saved. Otherwise, you’ll need to review your options for tooth replacement.
This common dental emergency is seen every day. Should this happen to you, take a pain reliever to lessen discomfort and avoid chewing on the side of your mouth with the exposed tooth. If it’s possible to retrieve the lost filling or crown, rinse it off and attempt to place it back onto the tooth. Toothpaste can help hold it in place until we can get you in.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
It’s unrealistic to think all accidents are unavoidable. You can only proceed with caution to a point, but otherwise, it’s just the luck of the draw. However, there are some things you can do to lessen your chances of experiencing a dental emergency, including:
- Wearing a mouth guard while playing sports
- Brushing and flossing your teeth at home to keep your pearly whites and soft tissues healthy and strong
- Wearing a night guard while you sleep if you are prone to teeth grinding or TMJ
Preventive care is crucial in helping prevent dental emergencies. Why? Because the stronger your teeth are, the better. Weak teeth will be more likely to break or chip with less impact, and toothaches that develop from poor oral hygiene can result in a root canal or tooth extraction.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Unfortunately, there is no “set cost” as it pertains to dental emergencies. Everyone’s situation is unalike, which means treatment will also be different. Multiple factors come into play when determining how much your dental emergency will cost. Some of these include:
- Prescription Care – Your injury may only need medication prescribed by Dr. Dhaliwal.
- Root Canal – If a toothache is the result of a severely decayed or damaged tooth, a root canal may be necessary in order to address the situation.
- Tooth Extraction – When a root canal is not enough to save a tooth, the suggested treatment might just be an extraction.
- Tooth Replacement – If you have a tooth that has been knocked out, and Dr. Dhaliwal cannot put it back in, it will be necessary to review your tooth replacement options to prevent further oral damage.
The only way to receive a reliable estimate is to make an appointment with us and allow Dr. Dhaliwal to examine the problem. Once he has determined the best way to treat your emergency, he will discuss the process as well as the cost.