Emergency Dentistry – Tukwila, WA
Urgent Help for Hurting Smiles
Although you might not expect it, dental emergencies happen all the time. Dr. Timmerman provides urgent and emergency dentistry in Tukwila, WA when people need it most. We’re always ready and here to help!
If your emergency happens during business hours, please call us as soon as possible. We will make every effort to accommodate you as quickly as possible to help alleviate your pain and discomfort. We can even help walk-ins and patients with same-day appointments. After hours appointments are available to existing patients for an additional fee.
Why Choose Lance Timmerman, DMD for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Appointments Available
- Sedation Offered for Anxious Patients
- Dental Insurance Welcome
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Our goal is to eliminate your pain and discomfort as quickly as possible. Once Dr. Timmerman has you comfortable again, we can discuss what needs or treatment your smile may require to prevent any problems from returning. We also offer options like sedation dentistry to keep you relaxed no matter your situation. You may need to take certain actions before you come to our dental office to manage your situation.
Because food can get stuck between teeth and cause discomfort, floss around the affected tooth first. If pain persists, give our dental office a call, take ibuprofen, and use a cold compress to reduce swelling. In many cases, a severe toothache indicates that decay has reached the center of the tooth, meaning that you’ll need a root canal.
Locate and collect as many pieces of the tooth as possible and bring them to your appointment. If the tooth has sharp points or edges, apply dental wax to prevent cuts to your soft tissues. We will do our best to repair your natural tooth, but keep in mind that an extraction may be necessary if the damage is too extensive.
Pick the tooth up by the crown—not the root. Gently rinse your mouth and the tooth with warm water and reposition it within the socket. If that’s not possible, put it between your gums and cheek or in a container of milk or saltwater to keep the root alive. Come to our Tukwila dental office within an hour to give us the best chance of re-implanting and saving the tooth.
When a filling or crown comes out, your tooth becomes exposed to bacteria that can cause decay and pain. Using a dab of toothpaste, place the restoration back onto the tooth, and avoid chewing with that area of your mouth. Remember this is a temporary fix—you’ll need to come in for a replacement filling or crown.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Even people who take immaculate care of their teeth can suffer from a dental emergency, but there are proven ways you can reduce the likelihood of one occurring. These include:
- Floss your teeth every day.
- Brush your teeth twice every day.
- Visit Dr. Timmerman twice every year for a checkup and cleaning.
- Avoid using your teeth as tools to open packaging.
- Wear a mouthguard when you play sports or when you sleep if you have bruxism.
- Avoid chewing on hard things like pencils, popcorn kernels, and ice.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Each dental emergency is just as unique as the patient it afflicts. One may require a root canal, while another can be treated with a simple filling. Therefore, the cost of treatment for each dental emergency will always vary case by case. Whatever your situation, you can rely on our team to give you all the information you need to make the right decision for your care. We can also work with you to make your treatment more affordable.
When in Doubt, Call Dr. Timmerman
Are you still unsure whether or not your condition is a true dental emergency? Just call us! We’re more than happy to answer your questions. Emergency appointments are always available, and our team of dental experts can be reached through our after-hours emergency answering service. We’re always here to help!
Dental Emergency FAQs
Because dental emergencies can incite panic and uncertainty, your emergency dentist wants you to feel confident and remain calm should one happen to you or someone you love. Knowing what to do and how to prevent common injuries is important, but you should also be mindful of where to go, how to relieve pain, and whether or not your insurance will cover your cost. Feel free to review the following frequently asked questions and contact us should you have additional concerns.
Is it better to see a dentist or go to the ER for a dental emergency?
When determining where you should seek immediate help for your current situation, remember that the following scenarios are the only ones that should have you bypassing the dentist’s office and heading straight to the ER:
- A broken or fractured jawbone
- Uncontrolled bleeding from the mouth
- Increased swelling that is causing you to have difficulty breathing and/or swallowing
Otherwise, Dr. Timmerman and his team are trained and equipped to handle all other dental emergencies. Not only will this save you time and money, but you’ll receive personalized care from a trusted professional.
What should I do if my child knocks out a baby tooth?
Even though these teeth are meant to fall out eventually, you want them to remain in place for as long as possible. However, because children are very active and can easily injure themselves, a knocked-out baby tooth should be treated immediately. If this happens, contact our office, and immediately make your way to see us. If possible, bring the tooth with you. During this visit, Dr. Timmerman will evaluate the situation. If it won’t be long before the permanent tooth erupts, the area can remain vacant; however, if it will be quite a while before the adult tooth appears, we may need to insert a spacer to prevent nearby teeth from shifting.
What can I do to relieve pain?
Anytime you suffer from a dental emergency, you can expect there to be some amount of pain or discomfort. Everyone’s pain tolerance is different, so you’ll need to carefully judge just how uncomfortable you are before taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. If possible, first try using a cold compress or ice pack to reduce swelling and minimize discomfort. If this does not prove strong enough, go ahead and take the recommended dosage of Tylenol or ibuprofen.
Will my insurance cover my emergency?
This will require you to speak with your dental insurance company to find out which services are covered and which are not. Depending on the type of injury, we will recommend the appropriate treatment, but it could be that your insurance only covers 30 or 40% of the total cost. While this might be helpful, you may still need assistance with the remaining balance. If so, our team can identify additional payment methods that can help you stick to your budget and continue to receive the care you need.
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