Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Chapin Densmore, DDS -  - General Dentist

Chapin Densmore, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Kirkland, WA

Accidents happen as well as toothaches. When an emergency arises regarding your teeth, gums, or mouth, contact Chapin Densmore, DDS in Kirkland, Washington. Waiting or trying to fix the issue yourself may cause further damage. Call or book your appointment now.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What kinds of issues are dental emergencies?

Like any medical emergency, all emergencies are unanticipated, but some are more severe than others. If any of these issues happen to you or a family member, call the office right away, even during after hours when the office is closed. Dr. Densmore will either be on call or an alternate dentist will be designated to evaluate whether you need to come in immediately or whether you can book an appointment.

Common dental emergencies include:

  • Toothaches
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • A knocked-out or partially dislodged tooth
  • A lost filling or crown
  • Broken braces and wires
  • Loose brackets for braces
  • Objects lodged in your teeth
  • Soft tissue injuries to the tongue, cheeks, gums, or lips
  • An abscess

If I knock out my tooth, should I hold on to it?

Yes, just like with severed fingers, if a tooth is returned to its socket within an hour of the accident, it has a good chance of being saved. Not only should you keep the tooth, but rinse off the root under water if it’s dirty, and try to put it back into place, if possible. If it fits back in place, hold it in place by biting down on moistened gauze or a wet tea bag. Take extra care not to swallow the tooth. If the tooth doesn’t fit back in, don’t force it. Put the tooth in a small container of milk or a cup of water with a pinch of salt. You’ll need to see Dr. Densmore right away.

Can I avoid a dental emergency?

Emergencies by their very nature are sometimes unavoidable. However, there are many things you can do to prevent some from happening. For instance, when playing sports or engaging in rigorous exercise, wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth from injury. Dr. Densmore recommends avoiding biting on ice, hard candies, and foods. Other common-sense measures include always using scissors, not your teeth, to cut things.

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