Emergency Dental Care in the South Sound

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What Do You Do in a Dental Emergency?

If you’re in the middle of a situation that could be an emergency, try not to panic. It’s tough not to, but attempting to stay calm can clear your head and may help you take the proper steps to save your smile. Take a deep breath and identify your emergency to learn how to address it.

If you have difficulty breathing, call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately. 

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What is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is a situation that must be addressed as soon as possible to stop bleeding or other injuries in the mouth. 

The following situations are dental emergencies. If you’re experiencing one of these situations, please call Soundbridge Dental at (253) 857-4114 and we’ll set up an appointment for you. Please only call our emergency line for these situations.

Knocked-Out Tooth

You or your child has “knocked out” or avulsed a tooth due to trauma. If this is the case, try to keep the tooth safe. It may be possible to place the tooth back in your mouth and recover your natural tooth if your appointment is within 30 minutes to an hour.  

Make sure to only handle the tooth by the crown and avoid touching the roots. If you can, place the tooth back in the socket it came from until you get to the dental office. If that’s not possible, keep the tooth moist. Store the avulsed tooth in milk or your saliva. Using tap water could destroy root surface cells.

If your natural tooth can’t be placed back in your mouth, Dr. Bloomquist can replace your tooth with a dental implant. Dental implants are the tooth replacement option most like a natural tooth, so your new tooth will look and feel just like the rest of your smile.

Tooth, Gums, or Jaw Injury

You have incurred an injury to your teeth, gums, or jaw due to trauma. If your mouth has been damaged, Dr. Bloomquist can stop the issue from worsening and correct any damage that’s affected your smile. 

She’ll be able to make your teeth look great again with veneers and dental bonding, so your smile will look completely natural and beautiful.

Severe Oral Infections

You have swelling of the face, lower eyelid, or neck related to a tooth or dental infection that has spontaneously or quickly spread. In this case, it’s crucial to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent further spread of the infection and to reverse or repair any damage.

If you have a severe tooth infection, Dr. Bloomquist can perform emergency root canal therapy to try and save your tooth. But if the infection is too severe, she may have to extract your tooth. She’s also experienced in incredible tooth replacements, so you won’t have to live with a gap in your smile.

Bleeding Issue From Dental Treatment

You are having a bleeding issue related to recent treatment rendered by Dr. Bloomquist. The bleeding needs to be stopped quickly, so it’s crucial you receive treatment for the issue. If your bleeding won’t stop, use gauze or similar material to stop the bleeding. Then, apply a cold compress to the area to reduce swelling and keep the pain down. 

Call our office as soon as possible to set up an emergency dental appointment so Dr. Bloomquist can address the issue causing your bleeding. If your bleeding can’t be controlled, go to the emergency room for immediate assistance. 

In any of these cases, call our emergency line at (253) 857-4114. We’ll set up an appointment to get you into the office as soon as possible to provide treatment. We require 48 hours notice for cancellations, so please don’t call the emergency line if you may cancel.

Notes from the doctor

*Pain medication can no longer be phoned into the pharmacy—at any time of day or any day of the week. Narcotic pain medication prescriptions must be dispensed by Dr. Bloomquist at the office.

*Antibiotics or prescriptions of any kind will not be phoned in for any patient that has not been seen at SoundBridge.

*Do not leave a message on the emergency line if you plan to cancel your appointment. WE REQUIRE 48 HOURS NOTICE, so please respect this policy as we have reserved specific time for YOU.

What isn’t a Dental Emergency?

If you’re experiencing any of the following situations, please wait until the next business day or leave a general message for us:

1) You broke or fractured a tooth or filling

2) You lost a crown or veneer

3) You have had some pain over the past few weeks or months and now it suddenly bothers you to a point you cannot control it with over-the-counter Tylenol or ibuprofen.

4) It is the middle of the night and your toothache is keeping you awake.

These situations are not emergencies and can wait for normal business hours to be addressed. Dr. Bloomquist and our team care about your well-being, but we need to reserve emergency appointments for patients who require immediate treatment.

We’ll be happy to see you and provide effective solutions at your next dental visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I go to the ER for a dental emergency?
What qualifies as a dental emergency?
What should I do when a tooth gets knocked out?
What do I do if I lost or broke my crown or veneer?
Can I go to the ER for a dental emergency?

Depending on the dental emergency, you may be able to visit the Emergency Room (ER) if necessary, especially if our office is closed. The ER can help relieve pain and will temporarily treat your accident if possible.

The ER will also bill your health insurance for the incident. However, it’s important to know that the ER can’t always treat dental problems unless it’s related to your health. You can come in for a complete treatment as soon as we’re available.

What qualifies as a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any dental complication that needs immediate treatment. It generally is considered urgent dental care if we need to stop bleeding, relieve pain, or save a tooth from further trauma.

When a tooth is knocked out, a restoration is lost or broken, you have a bad oral infection, or you’re in severe facial or oral pain, then Dr. Bloomquist can provide emergency dental care to you. Just give us a call right away so we can get you in as soon as possible – (253) 857-4114.

What should I do when a tooth gets knocked out?

If you have a tooth that’s accidentally knocked out, you should give our Gig Harbor emergency line a call right away. Dr. Bloomquist and our team will work hard to get you in right away so your tooth can be saved.

In the meantime, be gentle with your fractured tooth and never hold it by its root. You can also rinse the tooth in water, store it safely, and bring it into your appointment so we can try to reattach it.

What do I do if I lost or broke my crown or veneer?

If you lost or crown your crown or veneer, simply call SoundBridge or leave a message if it’s after business hours so we can get you scheduled.

Try to keep your crown in place so your teeth don’t shift into the open space. If your veneer has fallen off, keep it, and bring it with you to your emergency appointment.

Whatever you do, don’t use any type of glue for your restorations. Instead, try Vaseline and place it inside your crown to hold it in place.

Dr. Bloomquist Can Help You

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, we’re here for you. Call us for an emergency dental appointment at (253) 857-4114 so we can get you into our office quickly. We know this is a difficult situation, but Dr. Bloomquist will do everything she can to relieve your pain and repair your smile so it’s as good as new.

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