Emergency Dentistry

Dental emergencies can occur unexpectedly. We offer prompt emergency dentistry services to restore your smile as soon as possible, allowing you to move beyond the injury and pain.

Medical Emergencies in Dentistry

Dental issues and accidents can happen at any time. Sometimes, they require immediate treatment; when that is the case, we are here to assist. We are your solution if you are searching for emergency dentistry in Mount Vernon or surrounding areas.

Our experienced and knowledgeable team knows that a dental emergency is never easy, but we are here to get you as comfortable as quickly as possible. We offer affordable, emergency dental care that will get you back to everyday life as soon as possible. We reserve space in our schedule to accommodate your dental emergency the same day you notify us, and we will work diligently to treat you quickly and comfortably.

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  • What is a dental emergency?

    Dental emergencies can take many forms, including sudden and severe toothaches, accidents that chip or crack teeth, damaged or loose restorations, or lost or damaged teeth. About 22 percent of people have experienced dental or oral pain in the last six months. To determine if your situation is an emergency, ask yourself the following questions:

    • Are you experiencing severe pain or swelling?
    • Do you have a toothache that won’t go away?
    • Do you have a loose or knocked-out tooth?
    • Are you experiencing swelling in your cheeks or face along with a toothache?
    • Are you experiencing extreme tooth sensitivity?
    • Are you bleeding from the mouth and unable to stop it?
    • Is your jaw injured?

    In general, any dental problem that requires immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is considered an emergency. This also includes severe infections that can be life-threatening and require prompt attention from your dental office.

  • What is not a dental emergency?

    If you can manage the problem by yourself for a few days without visiting your dentist, then it is likely not a dental emergency. For instance, a chipped or cracked tooth is only an emergency if the fracture causes pain or has resulted in injury inside your mouth. Similarly, if you have lost a tooth or filling, you can wait for a few days before seeing your dentist.

  • What’s the best way to handle a dental emergency?

    Handling a dental emergency can be overwhelming, but the best thing to do is to contact your dentist. However, if the emergency is severe, it is advisable to go to the emergency room.

    There are some things you can do to help ease the pain and improve the situation, depending on the type of dental emergency you are experiencing. For instance, you can dissolve a teaspoon of salt in warm water to use as a mouthwash, floss to eliminate gum pressure, use a cold compress on the painful or swollen area, rinse with diluted hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria, take over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate pain, and if your tooth is knocked out, place it in a glass of milk until you see your dentist. These efforts can help you manage dental emergencies before seeking professional help.

Questions About Emergency Dentistry?

If you have any questions about emergency dentistry, contact us or request an appointment using the links below, or explore the variety of other dental services we provide.

Mount Vernon Smile Design

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Mt Vernon, WA 98273
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