Emergency Services in Mill Creek, WA
If you have ever awakened with a toothache at 2 AM or lost a crown right before an important meeting, you know that a dental emergency can be frustrating and stressful.
At Mill Creek Dental Health Care, we understand that when you have an emergency you need to be seen as quickly as possible. Our immediate goal is to relieve your discomfort and then take the steps needed to correct the problem and let you get back to your life.
Dealing with Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times, so we make it a point to leave extra time in our schedule in case we need to see you right away. Since it’s hard to think clearly in the middle of an emergency, it is helpful to have an idea of how to handle certain dental emergencies on your own until you can get to our office for help.
Note: If your injury involves trauma to your face or jaw or you have passed out or are experiencing excessive bleeding, please call 911 or go directly to an emergency room.
Knocked-Out (Avulsed) Tooth
Losing a tooth is a critical emergency because time is of the essence. The sooner you get to our office, the better chance we have of saving the tooth.
In a situation like this, we know it can be challenging to keep calm, but there are certain steps you need to take if you hope to save the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown only, taking care not to touch the root or disturb any attached tissue. It is crucial to keep the root moist until you get to our office, so keep it in a container with milk, water, or saliva if necessary.
Severe Tooth Pain
If you experience intense pain that affects your ability to function, it’s a good indicator that something serious is happening with the tooth. This kind of pain can be the result of advanced decay, severe periodontal infection, or an abscess from an infected root canal.
Call our office right away and try taking an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen. Placing a cold compress on and off your face for 20-minute intervals can also make you more comfortable.
Tooth pain is not normal, and even slight pain is a sign that there’s a problem we need to address as soon as possible. In the case of a mild toothache, you may not need to see us the same day, but please call us right away and let us know what's going on. We will get you on the schedule as quickly as possible to find out what’s going on and what we can do to help.
Lost Crown or Filling
Taking care of a loose crown or filling as quickly as possible is essential to restore function and protect the tooth from further damage. We can’t reuse a filling, but in many cases, we can replace the crown and cement it back in place.
Please Call Us if You Have an Emergency
If you have a dental emergency, please call Mill Creek Dental at (425) 745-2703 and a member of our team will make an appointment for you as soon as possible. Don’t worry if it’s after hours because our doctors are on call to listen to your concerns and give you instructions for handling your emergency until we can see you.