Emergencies

If you experience a dental emergency, our office is available to take your call at 509-764-0307. For after hours emergencies, patients of record can contact [emergency phone].

For your convenience, we have listed a few tips to help you sooth any concerns until we are able to provide assistance.

 

Aching tooth

Sometimes food may get caught in or between teeth causing discomfort. To ease any pain, brush and floss thoroughly around the area to ensure it is clean. If pain persists, an over-the-counter pain reliever may offer comfort until we are able to assist.

 

Broken tooth

Most importantly, keep the area clean by rinsing with warm water. If you experience swelling, cold compresses are recommended until we are able to evaluate.

 

Pain from wisdom teeth

Rinsing your mouth with salt water may reduce any pain you experience. If pain persists, an over-the-counter pain reliever may offer comfort.

 

Abscessed tooth (may include Swelling/Fever/Pain/Pressure)

Antibiotics may be needed if you experience any of these symptoms. Contact our office as soon as possible as a root canal may also be necessary.

 

Knocked-out tooth

Keeping the root in-tact and clean is most important in this situation. If you are unsuccessful in placing the tooth back in the socket, storing it in milk or water is recommended. Covering the open area with soft wax is suggested as well as refraining from hot, cold and high sugar foods.

 

Temporary crown is loose or off

Contact our office as soon as possible, Vaseline may offer a temporary seal.

 

TMJ related pain

Apply warm, moist heat to the area, an over-the-counter pain medication may provide relief.

 

Bleeding gums

Rinsing with a salt-base such as baking soda or salt-water is recommended.  Hydrogen peroxide may also provide relief.

 

Erupting teeth

Gently applying cold to the area will assist in pain relief.

 

Heat or cold sensitivity

Sensitivity is normal after a dental procedure. If sensitivity persists beyond 72 hours, please call our office.