The most important thing to remember if you are experiencing a dental emergency is to stay calm. If you’re experiencing extreme pain, excessive bleeding, or an injury resulting in a loose or knocked out tooth, these situations are considered dental emergencies and should be taken care of right away. Here are steps to take in the event of a knocked out tooth:
We know that dental emergencies are scary and stressful. We are here to help you through the pain and offer the best solutions possible. Contact us now to learn more.
Yes, we offer same-day appointments. You shouldn’t have to wait for an appointment if you are in pain. We are committed to providing compassionate, efficient care for patients throughout Seattle including those from the Columbia City, Seward Park, and Rainier Valley communities. We want to get you out of pain and quickly restore your smile. Call our Seattle dentists if you have been injured or are experiencing a dental emergency and we will assess your situation.
At Green Leaf Dental, we believe that money should never come between you and your dental health, especially in an emergency. We offer resources to keep the cost of your treatment low, even if you don’t have insurance. Our friendly team will be happy to help and give you the guidance you need when you come in for your appointment.
A dental emergency is anything that causes significant pain, bleeding, or a serious oral health problem that requires immediate treatment to prevent complications such as the spread of infection.
Common dental emergencies include a knocked-out tooth, damage such as chips or cracks in a tooth, a loose tooth, signs of an infection, uncontrolled bleeding, injury or cuts to the inside of the mouth, and injury to the jaw.
The most common causes of dental emergencies are untreated tooth decay, gum disease, dental trauma, and impacted wisdom teeth. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should give us a call right away so we can accommodate you with an emergency appointment. We offer same-day appointments for those who need prompt treatment.
Anything that can wait for the next available regular dental appointment is not considered a dental emergency. If you are not in significant pain, there is no severe damage or infection, and you do not require immediate treatment, that is a dental problem that falls under regular dentistry, but is not an emergency.If your only symptom is a minor toothache, this is not an emergency.
The biggest thing to look out for when your tooth hurts is signs of an infection. These include facial and gum swelling, an abscess around the affected tooth, tooth discoloration, prolonged tooth sensitivity, or a fever. If you don’t have any of these symptoms, then a toothache can wait for a regularly scheduled appointment.
Another situation that is not necessarily an emergency is lost dental work. For example, if a filling or a crown falls out, this can wait for a regular dental appointment to fix as long as it hasn’t been lost as a result of severe dental trauma.
If you have other symptoms such as a severe injury, unbearable pain, signs of infection, or uncontrollable bleeding, then it would be an emergency. However, lost dental work itself can temporarily be held in place with over-the-counter adhesives until your next scheduled appointment.
We hold emergency appointments for those who are most in need of urgent care, which would be those in severe pain or with serious injuries or infections that will become worse if not treated immediately.
When experiencing a dental emergency, contact us right away. This should be the first thing you do. Don’t try to solve the problem on your own. Give us a call to give us a heads up that you’re coming in and then head our way as soon as possible.
We don’t typically recommend you try to resolve the pain yourself but if it is unbearable and you cannot wait until you arrive then before you leave, you can take anti-inflammatory pain medication, swish a saltwater solution in your mouth, and apply a cold compress to the area. Make sure to keep your head elevated to reduce swelling. Contact us at Green Leaf Dental today to schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Yoni or Dr. Bean.