Emergency Dentist – Seattle, WA

Quality Care When You Need It Most

Man with tooth painHave you had a tooth knocked out? Are you experiencing a significant toothache? If you have answered yes, you may be facing a dental emergency. When a dental emergency happens, you need an emergency dentist by your side to quickly provide urgent dental care & restore your oral health. Oak Tree Dental Care is the preferred emergency dentist for Greenwood, Green Lake, and Phinney Ridge residents. When an emergency happens, time is of the utmost importance. Any delay in dental care could result in irreversible damage. As an emergency dentist, we will get you into our office immediately to help you during the difficult time.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Close-up of woman’s smile in painDental emergencies can take numerous forms and occur for a number of reasons. No matter the cause, how you respond during an emergency plays a large role in the overall outcome of the situation. We treat a diversity of dental emergencies. When an emergency strikes, contact our office right away and take these necessary steps to help treat the problem until you arrive at our office.

Toothaches

Toothaches may seem like they come out of nowhere, but typically, they’re caused by poor oral hygiene that leads to infection. If you’re experiencing a toothache, call our office right away. We may recommend root canal therapy, where we can remove the infected tissue without extracting your entire tooth.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

A broken tooth can be quite painful. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth to reduce swelling. Avoid placing any pressure on the tooth. You can use over-the-counter pain relievers to help with any discomfort.

Knocked-Out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth is among the most common and frightening emergencies. Depending on if the tooth was damaged, we may be able to successfully reinsert it with prompt treatment. If you have had a tooth knocked out, hold it by the crown and rinse with water. Do not rub the tooth or use any cleaners. Do not dry the tooth because it needs to be kept moist. If possible, reinsert the tooth back into the socket. If you are unsuccessful, place the tooth in a cup of milk and head to our office.

Lost Filling/Crown

A lost filling or crown can be painful because they’re typically exposing the sensitive inner portion of your tooth that was once protected. If this occurs, use dental cement found at your local drugstore or even a piece of sugarless gum to cover the area and prevent extreme sensitivity. After you’ve made yourself more comfortable, call our office for a proper restoration.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Man with thumb up in dental chairUnfortunately, dental emergencies can’t be prevented completely, but there are some steps you can take to minimize your chances of one occurring:

  • Brush and floss your teeth daily to keep your mouth healthy.
  • Wear a protective mouthguard during sports and physical activity.
  • Avoid using your teeth for anything other than speaking and eating.
  • Avoid poor lifestyle choices like tobacco use and heavy consumption of alcohol.
  • Visit our office at least twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

Women having her teeth looked checked outIt’s hard to give a precise estimate for the cost of treating dental emergencies because of the wide variety of treatment options we have to offer. For example, some toothaches can be treated with simple antibiotics, but a knocked-out tooth will require extensive restorative work. That’s why the only way to know the cost of your dental emergency is to visit our office. One of our experienced dentists will carefully examine your smile before developing your personalized treatment plan that includes cost.