Dental 911?  Have a toothache?  Swollen or bleeding gums?  Does your tooth hurt?  Chipped a crown?  Broken filling?  Painful fractured tooth?  Crown came off?  Broken denture?  Your emergency Bellevue dentist at Bellevue Family Dentistry is here to help with these accidents and difficult moments.

If you are in or nearby the areas of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, Sammamish, Newcastle, Renton, or Seattle, give us a call!

Call (425) 614-1600 anytime for emergency dental care.   Bellevue Family Dentistry is here to help as gently and as quickly as possible.  If there is a severe medical emergency, call 911 or go to the emergency room at the closest hospital right away.  However the local ER typically does not have a on-call dentist on staff, and unfortunately may not be able to address the source of the dental pain and discomfort.  But rest assured your emergency dentist in Bellevue, WA is here to help in these crunch times.

Every day we set time specifically for dental emergencies to be seen the same day.  Want to be seen by a dentist immediately and right away?  Give us a call and we’ll do everything we can to get you out of discomfort and out of pain.

Below are some common signs and symptoms that an immediate evaluation for emergency dental care may be needed:

CHEST PAIN

-“My chest hurts and I can’t breath right”  Call 911 or go to the Emergency Room at the nearest hospital ASAP! Don’t wait!

COMMON DENTAL EMERGENCIES

TOOTH PAIN AND ACCIDENTS

-“My tooth hurts, and it does not go away.”  If you find that there is constant pain and discomfort in the tooth or gums, it MIGHT indicate a bacterial infection.  Have your dentist evaluate it as soon as possible, especially if there is severe and lingering tooth pain to hot and/or cold that does not away.

-“My gums feel swollen.”  If you notice a particular area of your gums adjacent to your teeth is swollen, and/or red and severely infamed, have your dentist evaluate the area; this may suggest a localized gum and/or tooth infection.  Sometimes the presence of a “bad taste” may also suggest bacterial infection, especially if there is localized swelling.  Your dentist will decide on appropriate treatment, antitiobtics, and/or pain medications as necessary to manage the infection as necessary.

-“My tooth came out!”  If a tooth comes out (luxated) due to an accident or trauma, the first thing is to stay calm.  Try to find the tooth, soak it in milk or contact lens solution, and place the tooth and solution in a bag or jar.  DON’T clean or scrub the tooth.  Call your dentist ASAP to have the tooth and area where the trauma occurred evaluated and examined; an x-ray may be necessary to determnine if there is root or bone fracture.  These accidents unfortunately tend to be most common during playground or sports play.

-“I fell down and hit my tooth and jaw.”  If you have fallen and accidentally gotten hit on the mouth, jaw, and/or face, go see your dentist right away.  A thorough evaluation is needed to check for presence of tooth and jaw fracture.  An x-ray may be required to see if there is root and/or bone resporption.

-“I chipped and broke a tooth.”  If a tooth has accidentally chipped or fractured, have it evaluated by your dentist.  Sometimes it may need treatment (from something as simple as a filling to a root canal and/or crown or possible tooth extraction); sometimes it may not even need treatment.

-“My tooth is sensitive to sweets and cold.”  Tooth sensitivity to sweets is a common sign of a cavity/tooth decay.  With tooth decay, this weakened enamel and dentin makes the pulp sensitive to sugars and sweets.  Have your dentist evaluate the tooth for possible treatment if necessary.

GUM PAIN AND RELATED ISSUES

-“My gums bleed”: Sometimes persistent gingival bleeding may indicate periodontal/gingival and bone infection; if periodontal disease is the cause of the gums to bleed, it can usually be treated with a deep cleaning (periodontal scaling and root planing). It could also be due to a tooth infection, or from accidental physical trauma.  See your dentist and have the gums evaluated.

-“I bit my tongue.”  Clean the area gently with a water rinse.  Apply a cold compress or ice enclosed in a bag to help reduce swelling.  If the bleeding or swelling does not stop, see your doctor or dentist.

-“There’s someting caught between my teeth.” Using dental floss, very gently thread the floss between said teeth to remove the object.  Be careful not to irriate and damage the gums.  If you are not able to remove the object, have your dentist evaluate the area.

CROWN AND DENTURE ISSUES

-“My crown came off”: If a crown comes off, try to use temporary dental cement often found in the local pharmacy and replace it back on the tooth.  If you are not able to place the crown back, put the crown in a plastic bag and have the tooth and crown evaluated by the dentist.

-“Broken Denture” If any parts of the denture has broken, bring all parts of the denture to your dentist.  Sometimes it can be repaired, sometimes not.  Try not to use superglue, otherwise the dentist may not be able to determine the exact fit.

If you have any questions or concerns on dental emergencies, its causes and treatment, your local Bellevue emergency dentist is here to help.  Contact us today at (425) 614-1600!

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