Emergency Dental Care in the South Sound
Please do not hesitate to leave a message on Dr. Bloomquist’s emergency line only if:
- You have swelling of the face, lower eyelid, or neck related to a tooth or dental infection that has spontaneously or quickly spread.
- You or your child has “knocked out” or avulsed a tooth due to trauma.
- You have incurred an injury to your teeth, gums, or jaw due to trauma.
- You are having a bleeding issue related to recent treatment rendered by Dr. Bloomquist.
Call our office during our next business day or leave a GENERAL MESSAGE if:
1) You broke or fractured a tooth or filling: The damage is done! Do not panic. Although it may be sharp and likely sensitive to air or cold, this unfortunately happens. Call us the next business day and we will make you a priority. This also applies to front/anterior teeth. Unless you are getting married that day, be reassured that you will receive exemplary care if I have my team here to support me in your treatment needs.
2) You lost a crown or veneer: This happens, unfortunately. Please call SoundBridge on our next business day or leave a general mailbox message and we will return your call. Crowns, if possible, are important to keep in place—teeth will shift adjacent to your space if given the chance.
Vaseline placed inside the crown and replaced over the preparation or tooth stump will often create enough of a suction to hold the crown in place temporarily. Eat with caution! Do not use superglue.
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. This is more of a problem of waiting too long to call. I am happy to see you when I am working during normal business hours.
4) It is the middle of the night and your toothache is keeping you awake. I am concerned for you, but there is nothing I can do for you at those hours. Your options are to report to the Urgent Care for pain control or call our office first thing in the morning.
*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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.