Here are some examples of true “dental emergencies”:
- Severe pain in the oral cavity
- A broken tooth, especially in the visible area, i.e. front tooth broke off
- Swelling in the gums and/or face, sometimes with pus and signs of infection
- Tooth that was knocked out
When you experience a dental emergency, it’s essential to remain calm seek help immediately. The faster you seek help, the better your odds of saving a tooth or preventing a more serious, life threatening situation. Pure Dental Arts offers emergency dental care for all of Seattle and beyond. Make sure you have our contact information on hand readily accessible just in case of a dental emergency.
Remember, when you have a dental emergency, the speed of your response can be the difference between saving or losing a tooth.
We are open during the evenings and weekends. In the event of a dental emergency, contact us and we will usually be able to fit you in on the same day. In the meantime, here are some suggestions for you if you are experiencing a dental emergency, and unable to seek help right away.
Never, ever, ignore a toothache, even if the pain seemingly vanished by itself. Often times this means that the nerve of the tooth has died, giving you temporary relief, but the bacteria that caused the problem is still lingering inside the tooth. Inevitably this bacteria will cause a future, potentially life-threatening infection, that may necessitate removal of the tooth! When you experience a tooth ache:
- Pay attention to the specifics of the pain. Mentally take note of how long the pain lasts, whether you see any swelling, and what seems to trigger it (pressure, hot, cold, etc)
- Use OTC pain relievers like Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen (Tylenol), or Naproxen (Aleve)
- Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water or saline. This won’t heal an infection or “cure” the problem but it can ease the gum swelling.
- Contact us right away.
If You Lost a Tooth
- Locate the tooth. Avoid touching the tooth root. Carefully pick it up by the crown Touching the root can contaminate it and make it harder for us to reattach the tooth.
- Gently rinse/wash the tooth in saliva, milk, or a special tooth preserving solution. Plain water is not recommended.
- The tooth must remain moist at all times. You can try holding the tooth inside your mouth, secured between your cheek and gums, or keep it in a container of milk. Do not use water!
- You can apply an ice pack or a cold compress to the side of your face where the injury occurred in order to reduce pain and swelling.
- Contact us and come in as soon as possible.
With fractured teeth, you may or may not be able to even see the damage, and it might not be painful all the time. The tooth may only experience pain when biting, or, eating something hot or cold. Sometimes the damage may be very visible, with severe, constant pain, because the nerve is exposed or damaged. or may be in constant pain because the nerve has been damaged. In any case, it is important to be see by us as soon as possible. But if you are not able to make it to Pure Dental Arts right away,
- Gently rinse out your mouth with warm water
- Use guaze and apply gentle pressure to any injured areas in order to stop the blood flow.
- Apply an ice pack or a cold compress to the area in question.
- Take an OTC pain medication. DON’T place pain relievers such as Asprin on the tooth or the injured gums! It won’t help, and it may chemically burn the soft tissues.
- If you can’t see a dentist soon, OTC temporary dental filling material may be a viable option for sealing up gaps and cracks.