Emergency Dentistry

Emergency Dentistry

Dental emergencies can happen at any time of the day and are often unanticipated. This can include severe toothache, trauma, or accidents that lead to cracked or broken teeth. It is often necessary to address the problem promptly to relieve pain, check the bleeding or prevent further damage.

At Pacific Woods Dental, we quickly arrange emergency appointments so we can treat your concerns at the earliest. We recognize that dental emergencies can be both painful and stressful and hence strive to help you with gentle and affordable solutions.

We know that dental emergencies can be pretty stressful and aim to educate you on some valuable tips to manage your situation before availing of professional help. It is critical how you react in the minutes following a dental emergency. Here are some regular dental emergencies that we see and what you should do in these situations:

  • Toothache

Though a toothache may not seem like a dental emergency, the pain connected to a toothache can be quite extreme. Most often, the toothache is the result of tooth decay and cavities. It is vital to clean out the area that is causing the distress. By using a combination of brushing, rinsing, and flossing techniques, remove any stuck debris from around your teeth and gums to get temporary relief. Then contact your dentist immediately. Your dentist can assess and treat the toothache due to tooth decay either by placing dental fillings or by root canal therapy. If the decay is very deep and extensive, an extraction might be needed. 

  • Chipped or Cracked Tooth

If you have a cracked or chipped tooth, try to gather as many fragments of the broken tooth as possible. Be careful not to lose any pieces. Then rinse your mouth thoroughly. Store the pieces in a cup of warm water and seek professional help immediately. 

  • Knocked-Out Tooth

It may be possible to salvage a knocked-out tooth if you can keep it in good condition and reach a dental office within an hour. It will help if you gargle your mouth with warm water. If possible, try to insert the tooth back into your mouth in the right direction and hold it firmly until you reach our office. If you cannot place the tooth back in the socket, then keep the tooth in a cup of warm water or milk with salt in it to preserve it. You can also use an ice compress to reduce facial swelling.

  • Tooth Abscess

An abscessed tooth is an indication of a severe infection in your mouth. If you have severe swelling of your cheek or gums, it is essential to contact your dental provider immediately or seek treatment at the local emergency room. A medical professional can administer injections or prescribe antibiotics to cure the infection.

Common treatments

Root canal
A root canal refers to a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. During a root canal procedure, your dentist will remove the damaged pulp and nerve of the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and sealed.

Teeth extraction
An extraction involves removing a tooth from the socket. An emergency extraction is an emergency procedure if the tooth is severely infected, causing the patient to be in severe pain but can't be repaired. 
Dental Crowns
A crown is a cap that is placed over a damaged tooth to protect, restore, or improve its appearance. It is also known as a dental cap. A crown can be made of porcelain or other materials like metal or ceramic. Crowns are made of natural-looking material so they are hard to distinguish from your natural teeth. 

To learn more about the dental services at Pacific Woods Dental, call 503-292-5483, and schedule an appointment now!

Location

5861 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97221

Office Hours

MON - WED 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

THU - THU 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

FRI - SUN Closed

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Phone: (503) 292-5483