Smile Forever Dental
General Dentistry located in Tacoma, WA
A mouth wound, cracked tooth, or knocked-out teeth are all emergency situations that should have you headed to an emergency dentist immediately. Phong Dang, DDS, of Smile Forever Dental serves the emergency dental needs of everyone in your family. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, don't wait. Call the office in Tacoma, Washington, or schedule an appointment online.
Emergency Dentistry Q & A
What is an emergency dentist?
Emergency dentists treat oral injuries and pain that need to be fixed or addressed immediately. Dental emergencies are typically any situation in which you need to save a broken or knocked-out tooth. Coming into Smile Forever Dental as soon as you can after your injury, preferably within 30 minutes, could mean the difference between saving and losing your injured tooth.
When should I call an emergency dentist?
If you're worried about a severe mouth injury you or a family member has sustained, it's the right time to call an emergency dentist. Immediate treatment calls for immediate action. Some situations that are considered dental emergencies include:
- Knocked-out teeth
- A loose permanent tooth
- Severe tooth or mouth pain
- Bleeding inside your mouth from your cheeks, tongue, or gums
- An injury to your mouth or face
- Uncomfortable swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
- A severely cracked or broken tooth
- A tear or laceration on your lips
You may not be dealing with a dental emergency if you chip a tooth but it doesn't appear as if you'll lose the tooth entirely. Even so, you can't go wrong by calling Dr. Dang at Smile Forever Dental. He’s trained to handle dental emergencies and can walk you through what to do with your tooth until you can visit the office.
How should I handle a knocked-out tooth?
A knocked-out tooth is no laughing matter. It's one of the most severe dental emergencies. Without immediate dental care, there's a good chance you'll lose the tooth for good. Do your best to rinse your mouth and the damaged tooth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with lukewarm water. Do your best to avoid touching the tooth's roots.
Hold the tooth by the crown (the smooth white top part) as you rinse it. If you can, hold the cleaned tooth by the crown and reinsert it into the empty socket. Close your mouth slowly. Hold the tooth in place with your fingers or gently bite down on it to help it stay in place until you can visit Smile Forever Dental. Call the office right away. Or, have a family member or friend call to let our staff know you're on your way.
What should you do if you can't put the tooth back in your mouth? The goal is to keep the tooth moist at all times. Put it in a cup of milk or in your mouth next to your cheek to help preserve it until you arrive at the dental office. Smile Forever Dental is here for you. Call for calm, expert assistance in the event of a dental emergency.