Emergency Dentist – Federal Way, WA
Reliving Pain for Healthy Smiles
Are you experiencing a dental emergency? Don’t delay seeking treatment. There’s no time to waste when you have a knocked-out tooth, a broken tooth, a severe toothache, or anything else you think may require urgent care. Drew Beaty, DDS is your emergency dentist in Federal Way, WA. Call our dental office and we’ll always do our best to say “yes” to getting you in to see the doctor right away. You deserve better than to be left waiting in pain. Patients in Auburn, Seattle, Tacoma, and Lakeland South are welcome to come to Dr. Beaty’s dental office during a dental emergency, where we say yes to same-day dental care when you need it most. Contact us as soon as your next urgent situation pops up and we’ll have you on your way to enjoying a healthy, whole smile as soon as possible.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
In the meantime, here’s what you can do to increase the chances of a quick recovery following the most common dental emergencies.
When you have a toothache, check the area for signs of damage. Is the tooth broken, is there something stuck between teeth? Carefully brush and floss around the area to remove any stuck items. If your child has a toothache, help them floss and rinse. Toothaches in children are frequently caused by a food particle lodged between the teeth. If the pain persists, take an over-the-counter pain medication as directed until you can reach our dental office. You can also use topical pain relieving ointments to numb the area. Apply an ice pack to the affected area in 10 minute intervals for swelling. You should try to avoid eating until after you visit our office, but if you do need to eat a meal, avoid chewing with the aching tooth.
Collect the larger pieces for possible reattachment. Then, check for sharp edges that may damage your surrounding teeth or soft tissue. Cover any sharp edges with orthodontic wax or bite down on gauze. You should also bite down on gauze if your tooth is bleeding. Then, follow the directions above for toothache until you reach our office.
Collect the tooth and rinse away any debris. Place the tooth back into its original socket or a bag of milk if the former is not possible. Do not handle the tooth by its root. Bite down on gauze or clean cloth to slow bleeding. You can also use ice packs at 10 minute intervals to slow bleeding, relieve pain, and prevent inflammation. You can take over the counter pain relievers but avoid aspirin as it can thin blood, making it more difficult for you to stop bleeding. Other pain relievers also thin blood to some extent, so make sure you pay attention and forego use if bleeding intensifies. Avoid eating if possible, and if not possible, do not chew with the area of your smile where the tooth is missing.
Following the loss of a filling, you should follow the directions above for chipped or broken teeth. If a crown is knocked out, do your best to replace it. If not possible, store the crown safely and bring it with you to our dental office. If you’re experiencing pain or inflammation, follow the directions for toothache.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
There are situations where emergencies will just happen – no matter how hard you try to avoid them, but there are some steps you should take to minimize your risk, including:
- Brush and floss daily
- Visit our dental office team at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings
- Use mouthguards to protect teeth from nighttime grinding and clenching
- Don’t forget your sportsguard if you’re an athlete
- Don’t use teeth as scissors, nut crackers, or other tools
- Avoid chewing on ice, fingernails, or other hard objects
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Depending on the restoration services necessary to get your smile back in place, the cost of your emergency dentistry appointment will vary. However, our team will maximize your available dental benefits to offset the costs of these treatments. We can also work with you to find low or no interest financing options.