Emergency Dentistry

Dental emergencies are stressful to deal with because they are unpredictable in nature. It can seem that everything’s going along fine one minute, and the next, you are in pain and looking for solutions. 

If you are dealing with a toothache, broken tooth, or other urgent situation and aren't sure what to do next, contact 12 Dentistry in Puyallup, WA. We don’t want you to suffer or feel anxious for a moment longer than necessary. And our knowledgeable dental team will listen to your concerns, give first-aid guidance, and schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible.

How Your Emergency Dentist Can Help You

Regardless of your dental emergency, it is always best to contact us first. Often, the way you handle your emergency from the outset can impact the outcome, and our team will help you make the best decision for your oral and overall wellbeing. 

Dr. Ko provides treatment for virtually all the usual dental emergencies like tooth pain, broken teeth, lost crowns and fillings, and infected or abscessed teeth. If you have a serious injury, such as a broken jaw, we would direct you to the nearest ER, then schedule an appointment to address your dental needs as soon as possible. 

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Here are some of the most common dental emergencies we handle and instructions for handling them until you get to our Puyallup dental office for treatment.

Mild to Severe Toothaches

Some toothaches are caused by a piece of food or debris stuck between teeth, so start by flossing gently to see if that dislodges it.

Otherwise, your tooth pain may be caused by a deep cavity or infection. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen and use a cold compress on and off your face to ease your discomfort. Call your emergency dentist in Puyallup as soon as possible. 

Broken-Off Tooth

If the tooth has broken in a way that leaves a sharp edge that’s chafing your oral tissue, you can avoid irritation by placing a bit of sugar-free gum or orthodontic wax over it.

Retrieve any broken pieces of the tooth you can find and bring them to your emergency dental appointment.

Dental Trauma, Including Knocked-Out Tooth

Fast action is crucial with dental trauma, such as a knocked-out tooth. Seeing you within the hour gives us the best odds of successfully re-implanting the tooth in its socket. 

Handle the tooth carefully, holding it by the crown portion only. Rinse gently with cool water but don’t scrub the root or disturb any attached tissue. Place the tooth in a container of milk or salt and water mixture and bring it to your appointment. 

Lost Dental Crown or Tooth Filling

A lost dental crown or filling is not necessarily an emergency, but waiting too long for treatment can result in an infection that threatens your oral health. A good temporary solution to protect the vulnerable tooth is to try reattaching it with a tiny bit of denture adhesive. Visit us as soon as possible so we can repair or replace it.

Call Your Emergency Dentist in Puyallup, WA

You can’t prepare for a dental emergency, but you can count on Dr. Ko to provide relief and treatment as soon as possible. Please call us at (253) 848-7281, so we can help you.