Accidents happen. Whether it’s a result of a sports injury or the long-term consequence of an oral health condition, treating dental emergencies as soon as possible is crucial if you want to protect your smile. At Whidbey Dental Associates, our team is here to help. If you’ve experienced any dental emergency, contact our office immediately and we’ll work to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Simply put, a dental emergency is any damage caused to the teeth, gums, or tongue as the result of trauma or an ongoing dental condition. However, not all emergencies are alike. Knowing what kind of emergencies require immediate attention versus what can be put off until your next dental visit is a question that often stumps patients. Luckily, our Whidbey Island dental team is here to help. Explore our guide to dental emergencies and be sure to call and make your appointment today!
While easy to ignore, constant or persistent toothaches are often warning signs that more serious health problems are at play. If you notice that your teeth are sensitive to extreme temperatures or it’s painful to bite, call our dentists in Oak Harbor immediately. We’ll use our advanced diagnostic technology to get to the source of your oral health issue and find a solution.
Cracked or Chipped Teeth
While common, cracked and chipped teeth do not require same-day treatment unless that crack leaves the inner pulp chamber exposed. Our dentists will assess the damage and determine the best course of action for restoring your tooth.
Knocked Out Teeth (Tooth Avulsion)
Often the result of a sport-related injury or a bad fall, tooth avulsion is a common dental emergency that requires a trip to the dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, try to handle the tooth as little as possible, holding it only by the crown and avoid touching the roots. If you can’t replace the tooth into the socket, try putting it in a small container of milk or moistened gauze. When you get to Whidbey Dental Associates, our Oak Harbor dentists will assess the damage and try to replace your natural tooth.
Accidental cuts to the gums and soft tissue can be painful, but only the most severe lacerations require a visit to the dentist. If you’ve experienced a soft tissue injury, we recommend thoroughly rinsing your mouth with a mild saltwater solution and placing clean, moistened gauze over the injured area until bleeding stops. In most instances, the laceration should begin healing within a few days. You can use an ice pack to help alleviate the swelling as it’s healing.
Experiencing a Dental Emergency? Call Whidbey Dental Associates Today!
We realize that experiencing a dental emergency can be overwhelming. Luckily, our dental team is here to help. If you’re experiencing any dental pain or sensitivity, call our Oak Harbor dentists for an emergency appointment. After we alleviate your dental pain, we’ll find the best treatment solution for your smile. Call today!