Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Smile Now Dental

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, WA & Tacoma, WA

A mouth wound, a cracked tooth, or a knocked-out tooth should all have you headed to an emergency dentist right away. Smile Now® Dental's dental experts in Arlington, Tacoma, and Spanaway, Washington, are ready to serve the emergency dental needs of your entire family. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, don't wait. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is an emergency dentist?

Emergency dentists treat mouth and dental injuries that require immediate attention. Dental emergencies are typically any situation in which you need to save a broken or knocked-out tooth. Making it to Smile Now Dental as soon as you can after your injury, preferably within 30 minutes, could mean the difference between saving and losing your injured tooth.

Are you in need of emergency dental care?

Whenever you are concerned about a severe mouth injury or condition for yourself or a member of your family, it’s a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care. Common dental emergencies often include:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • Extreme mouth or tooth pain
  • Bleeding inside your mouth from your cheeks, tongue, or gums
  • An injury to your mouth or face
  • Swelling in your tongue, gums, or mouth
  • A severely cracked or broken tooth
  • A cut or tear on your lips

If you chip a tooth, but it doesn’t appear as if you may lose the tooth entirely, it may not be a dental emergency. That said, feel free to contact an experienced dentist at Smile Now Dental if you're concerned. They can explain how to take care of your tooth until you can make it into the office.

What do I do with a knocked-out tooth?

Quick action is imperative for a dental emergency like a knocked-out tooth. Without immediate dental care, you may be at risk of losing the tooth. Do your best to rinse your mouth and the damaged tooth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with lukewarm water and avoid touching the tooth's roots.

As you rinse the tooth, hold it by the top part (the crown). Using light pressure, reposition the cleaned tooth in the empty socket in your gum. Bite down softly on a gauze pad to hold the tooth in place until you can get to Smile Now Dental. Call immediately, or have someone call for you to explain the situation.

If the tooth can't be replaced in the empty socket, place it in a small cup of cold milk. The milk will help preserve the roots until you can make it into the office.

When you're facing a dental emergency, call Smile Now Dental for expert assistance.