Emergency Dentist

Universal Dental Care

Dentists located in Tacoma, WA

Knocked-out teeth, a mouth wound, or a cracked tooth are all emergency situations that should have you headed to an emergency dentist immediately. The dental experts at Universal Dental Care are located in Tacoma, Washington, to serve the dental emergencies of your whole family. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, don't wait. Call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Emergency Dentist Q & A

What do emergency dentists do?

An emergency dentist treats dental and mouth injuries that need immediate attention. Dental emergencies typically refer to any situation in which you need to save a broken or knocked-out tooth. Visiting Universal Dental Care within 30 minutes of your tooth or mouth injury could mean the difference between saving or losing the tooth.

Is it a dental emergency?

It's a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care whenever you or a family member are suffering from a severe oral injury or another excruciating condition. Some situations that are considered dental emergencies include:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • Extreme mouth or tooth pain
  • Bleeding inside your mouth from your cheeks, tongue, or gums
  • Trauma to your mouth or face
  • Swelling in your tongue, gums, or mouth
  • A severely cracked or broken tooth
  • A tear or laceration on your lips

If you chip a tooth, but it doesn’t appear as if you may lose the tooth entirely, it may not be a dental emergency. Even so, you can't go wrong by calling an experienced dentist at Universal Dental Care. They're trained to handle dental emergencies and can walk you through what to do with your tooth until you can visit the office.

What should I do when my tooth is knocked out?

Act quickly, and there's a good chance you can save a knocked-out tooth. If you don't seek dental care right away, there's a chance you'll lose the tooth. Do your best to rinse your mouth and the damaged tooth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with warm water, being careful not to touch the tooth by the roots.

Hold the tooth by the crown (the smooth white top part) as you rinse it. If you can, hold the cleaned tooth by the crown and reinsert it into the empty socket. Bite down softly on a gauze pad to hold the tooth in place until you can get to Universal Dental Care. Call the office right away, or have someone call for you who can explain the situation.

If the tooth cannot go back into the empty socket, hold the tooth in your mouth next to your cheek or keep it in a glass of milk. The moisture will help prevent the roots from drying out. Don't let a broken tooth prevent you from enjoying your smile. Call Universal Dental Care for expert assistance in the event of a dental emergency.