If you or a member of your family end up in a dental emergency, Universal Dental Care is here to help. We offer comprehensive care for emergency dental in Burien, WA. Please note, emergency dental services are not available 24 hours a day. Emergency dental services simply mean that a patient who is experiencing a dental emergency can stop in and get treatment without an appointment. If you are experiencing an emergency that merits immediate attention, and it is outside of our business hours, you will need to visit an emergency room at the nearest hospital.
What is a Dental Emergency?
It may not be clear to you exactly what constitutes a dental emergency. For this reason, Universal Dental Care would like to shed some light on what qualifies as a real dental emergency. If you are experiencing any of these, contact us right away.
A Knocked-Out Tooth
If your teeth or a tooth has been dislodged or knocked-out, then this is a real dental emergency that requires immediate attention. The key is to take action right away to save the tooth and have it reinserted. You will need to pick up the tooth by its crown (don't touch the roots of the tooth), rinse the tooth, and place it a cup of milk. You will need to get to our clinic within 30 minutes to an hour to have a chance of saving your tooth.
Loose or Misaligned Teeth
If you are an adult, then your teeth should never become loose or misaligned. Whatever you do, do not try to force your tooth back into its previous position. You may bite down gently on your tooth, applying only enough pressure to keep it from moving. Again, get to our clinic ASAP so we can fix the problem and prevent the tooth from falling out.
Chipped, Cracked, or Broken Teeth
Sometimes, small ships can occur on the edges of our teeth. This commonly happens when accidentally biting down on a chicken bone or some other hard object. This type of chip would not constitute a dental emergency. However, a cracked or broken tooth is a different story. Such a condition of the tooth would suggest that damage has occurred on the inside of the tooth and not just the outside. These types of cases would also merit immediate attention.
Injuries to Tissue and Facial Pain
Injuries inside of the mouth often result in tissue injuries. Any kind of puncture, laceration, or tear inside of the mouth would be considered a tissue injury. Any such injury should be considered a dental emergency. If you are experiencing facial pain associated with tissue injury, you may take an Aleve for the pain. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen, as these are anticoagulants, and taking these can lead to excessive bleeding.
If you need emergency dental in Burien, WA, Universal Dental Care can help you. Give us a call, and always play it safe. If you are not sure, go to the ER first.