Our Bothell Emergency Dentist
Dental emergencies can be a scary experience, and to make matters worse, they tend to occur at the most inconvenient times. It’s important to remain calm when you or a loved one experiences severe pain or damage to one or more teeth. After all, time is of the essence in many cases. Please don’t hesitate to contact Annigan Dental in Bothell, WA. Dr. Henry Hsue and the rest of our highly trained team can provide valuable guidance as you make your way to our location, and in virtually all instances, we’re able to see emergency cases the very same day that they call. In the meantime, here are some tips for how to handle a few of the most common dental emergencies we see:
Gently rinse the tooth under cold water in order to clean any foreign debris away while also making sure to keep any pieces of natural tissue attached. Do NOT scrub the surface of the root and tooth. Then, place the tooth back into its original socket as carefully as possible, holding it there. If this just isn’t possible, place it in a cup or plastic bag of milk and make sure to bring it with you as you travel to our office. Once you arrive, our team can determine if reattachment is possible. For the highest chance of reattachment you should come in within 1 hour of the accident.
Gently rinse the affected tooth with warm water and hold a cold compress to the appropriate cheek. This should reduce any uncomfortable swelling that may occur until you’re able to reach our Bothell office. Delaying treatment on a broken tooth, even if there is no pain or other symptoms could potentially lead to more serious conditions such as infection or loss of the tooth.
Lost A Temporary Crown
Do you still have the crown? If the answer is yes, gently dry the affected tooth and apply a very small amount of toothpaste, dental adhesive, or dental wax to the area. Do NOT use glue or any type of non-dental adhesive in the temporary crown. Then, reattach the crown as carefully as possible. Contact Annigan Dental so that we can set up an appointment for Dr. Hsue to professionally reattach it.
Is it possible that an object stuck near the tooth could be causing the pain? Rinse your mouth thoroughly, and floss as well to dislodge any particles. If this doesn’t relieve the discomfort, please contact us right away. (Also, we strongly recommend NOT placing an aspirin directly on your soft tissue, as this could cause damage.)
If the toothache is accompanied by a swelling of the face or neck that is visible when you look in the mirror, this is likely an acute abscess (infection) developing. If you cannot come in to see us, or if you are experiencing any other symptoms such as dizziness, difficulty breathing, severe headache, fever, vertigo, vision, hearing or trouble moving your eye please go to the ER for immediate medical attention as such infection can be potentially fatal if not treated right away.
Don’t let pain and damaged teeth cloud your beautiful smile. Instead, trust it in the hands of our team here at Annigan Dental. We’re dedicated to providing comfortable care that’s advanced, personalized, and as exceptional as possible! Contact our Bothell, WA office today if you have any questions or concerns about our emergency services, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment. We also welcome new patients from the nearby areas of Kirkland, Mill Creek, Kenmore, Woodinville, Lake Forest Park, Kingsgate, and beyond.