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Emergency Dentist — Burien, WA

Fast Pain Relief for Hurting Smiles

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Dental emergencies always happen at the most unexpected and stressful moments. You can trust that our team at Seahurst Park Dentistry of Burien will be there for you to treat an urgent issue and help you feel more comfortable. As soon as you find yourself dealing with a dental emergency, contact us immediately for emergency dentistry in Burien, WA. We’ll book an appointment for you as soon as possible and provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance to make sure that your smile doesn’t sustain any additional damage. Don’t hesitate to give us a call right away to get the emergency dental care you need!

Why Choose Seahurst Park Dentistry of Burien for Emergency Dental Care?

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

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It’s easy to get overwhelmed in a dental emergency, but do your best to stay calm! Should you damage a tooth or experience severe tooth pain, here’s what you should do:

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Whether you chipped a tooth, have a severe toothache, or knocked out one of your permanent teeth, the first step you should always take is call our dental office so we can fit you into our schedule. In many emergency cases, acting fast is crucial, which is why we'll do everything we can to make sure that we see you the same day. We’ll give you information on how to handle your specific situation over the phone, but we’ve also compiled some helpful information on handing the most common dental emergencies below as well.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies 

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After we’ve had a chance to examine your mouth and diagnose the underlying problem, we’ll discuss your treatment options and the cost with you. We file insurance claims on our patients’ behalf and will gladly answer any questions that you may have before we begin your emergency treatment. We always try to accommodate our patients, which is why we’re also happy to discuss payment plans with you.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Although it’s impossible to completely prevent all dental emergencies, there are some precautionary steps you can take to minimize your risk of experiencing one. These include:

Dental Emergency FAQ’s 

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Dr. Thomas and our team are ready to leap into action to serve you! But before you save our number in your phone as your go-to emergency dentist in Burien, it is understandable if you would like to know more about different dental problems and how you should approach them. That is why we have put together the following list of frequently asked questions, along with their answers. If you don’t see the information you were hoping for, contact us directly. We love answering our patients’ questions!

Will My Toothache Go Away on Its Own?

A toothache might go away on its own, but that doesn’t mean the problem is resolved. Remember that teeth are incapable of healing themselves. Therefore, if a toothache suddenly vanishes, it might indicate that the nerve inside the tooth has died. Later, after the infection or damage spreads, you may experience even more severe symptoms. It is always the wise course of action to seek treatment for a toothache, even if the pain has disappeared.

Should I Visit the Emergency Room First for Dental Emergencies?

In most cases, no. The staff in hospital emergency rooms generally do not have the training or equipment to effectively address dental emergencies. They may decline to treat you or simply give you some pain medication. Care from a dentist is necessary to get your oral health back on track. However, you should visit an emergency room first if you are facing a serious or life-threatening situation, such as significant facial lacerations or a broken jaw. If you have a fever along with a toothache, that also warrants a visit to the ER.

What Should I Keep in My Emergency Dentistry Kit?

Having an emergency dentistry kit on-hand can help you to deal well with unexpected oral health problems. Your kit should include:

  • A small container with a lid
  • Sterile gloves
  • Gauze pads and cotton balls
  • Dental cement
  • Denture adhesive
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Pain medication
  • A topical anesthetic
  • Floss
  • An ice pack
  • Your dentist’s phone number

My Chipped Tooth Doesn’t Hurt. Do I Still Need to Visit?

If it is only your tooth enamel that chipped, your oral health may not be in any immediate danger. However, it is still wise to visit a dentist. They will check to see whether the damage is superficial, or if you might need a root canal. They might also offer a service like dental bonding or a veneer to restore the tooth’s appearance, prevent further breakage, and protect the soft tissues in your mouth from its jagged edges.

Can I Fix Dentures that Are Broken in Half?

DIY denture repairs are never recommended. Attempting to fix your denture on your own could worsen the damage, and using items like superglue could harm your oral tissues. You should visit a trained dental professional, who will assess the damage and let you know if it is possible to repair your prosthetic or if you need a new one.

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