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Emergency Dentistry

General Dentistry, Family Dentists & Emergency Dentists in Puyallup, WA
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Emergency Dentistry services offered in Puyallup, WA

Emergencies happen, even to your teeth and gums. When you need immediate care for pain or an injury, the team at South Hill Family Dentistry in Puyallup, Washington, is ready to help. The practice offers quick care to urgent dental matters. Call today or use the online tool to check for immediate emergency appointments to relieve pain or save a tooth.

Who needs emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is appropriate when you have an injury, pain, or other dental issues that can’t wait a few days for an appointment. 

You might need emergency dentistry after a sports injury or a fall. Tooth pain sometimes arises out of nowhere and is unbearable, so you need to see a dentist right away to get relief.

Common dental emergencies treated at South Hill Family Dentistry include: 

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Objects stuck between teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Sudden, severe tooth pain caused by decay or gum disease

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, prompt care can help you avoid serious complications. If you’re unsure you need immediate treatment, call the office to get their recommendations.

How can I avoid needing emergency dentistry?

Of course, it's not possible to prevent dental emergencies entirely. If you fall or have a car accident and damage your teeth, you need emergency care.

Some problems that lead to the need for emergency dental care can be avoided, however. 

Here are some ways you can reduce your risk of urgent problems:

  • Brush and floss twice daily
  • Schedule dental exams and cleanings every six months
  • Make an appointment when you first start to feel pain or tooth sensitivity
  • Don’t use your teeth as tools to open packages or bottles
  • Wear a mouthguard while playing contact sports

You should also avoid chewing on solid objects like ice cubes, hard candies, and popcorn seeds, especially if you have dental restorations. 

What happens during an emergency dentistry appointment?

If you call or show up at South Hill Family Dentistry, the team will see you as soon as possible. Your dentist thoroughly examines and evaluates your pain or injury and determines the best treatment plan. This exam may include digital X-rays. 

The team treats your problem immediately, or in some cases, you may receive a temporary fix like a replacement crown until you can get the specialized care necessary. If you have pain, the team can give you oral pain medications to help you function until they can schedule a root canal or other procedure.

Call today or use the online tool to book an emergency dentistry appointment at South Hill Family Dentistry.