Dental emergencies can happen in an instant, leaving patients panicked and unsure of what to do next. In these situations, having a trusted dental team on your side can truly make all the difference, and Four Corners Family Dentistry wants to be that safe haven for you and your family. Our team offers extended hours and same-day appointments to new and returning patients alike, and if you contact us with a traumatic dental injury or severe oral pain, we’ll make every effort to see you as soon as possible. Dr. Manpreet Dhaliwal and Dr. Christine Tran are here to help!
Below, patients can find first-aid instructions for the most common dental emergency situations. We recommend that you review them, as they may come in handy in the future for you and your loved ones.
Knocked out Teeth: Have you lost the tooth? If not, pick it up carefully by the crown (white) portion and rinse away any foreign debris or dirt that may be clinging to it while taking care to avoid touching the root/natural tissue. If at all possible, place the tooth back into its original socket and hold it in place with your tongue. If this can’t be done, hold the tooth in the mouth against your cheek or place it in a container of milk. When it comes to replanting a natural tooth, time is truly of the essence – the sooner you reach help, the higher the chances are that it can be saved.
Broken Tooth: If a significant portion of the tooth has been dislodged, place it in a container and bring it with you to our Maple Valley Dental Clinic. Facial swelling is a common symptom of this kind of injury and can be reduced with the application of a cold compress to the appropriate cheek.
Severe Toothache: A lodged foreign object or piece of food might be causing the discomfort. Floss carefully around the affected area. If this doesn’t relieve the pain, contact Maple Valley Dental Clinic right away to schedule an emergency visit. It’s fine to take a painkiller in the interim, but don’t place it directly on the gum tissue, as it may cause burning.
Heavy Oral Bleeding and/or Broken jaw: In these severe situations, please proceed to your nearest emergency room as quickly as possible. Following your initial treatment, our team will be happy to help correct any broken and/or lost teeth you experienced in the accident with quality restorative care.