Lee and Van Mieghem DDS
Family Dentists located in Lynnwood, WA
If you break a tooth or suffer a sudden injury to your mouth, emergency dentistry can help. At Lee and Van Mieghem DDS in Lynnwood, Washington, patients who have immediate dental needs can get expert care from a team of qualified oral health specialists. If you come in with a crisis, rest assured you’ll leave with a smile, having had the best possible dental care and attention.
Emergency Dentistry Q&A
What is emergency dentistry?
Dental emergencies fall outside the range of routine dental care. If your situation is life-threatening, it’s critical to visit your local emergency room. However, the team at Lee and Van Mieghem DDS is equipped to handle many common dental emergencies, such as:
- A chipped or broken tooth
- Bleeding in the mouth from an injury
- A broken or fractured jaw
- Extreme tooth sensitivity or pain
The Lee and Van Mieghem DDS team builds time into the schedule for dental emergency services, so you will be seen and treated as soon as possible.
What happens in emergency dentistry?
If you have a dental emergency, contact Lee and Van Mieghem DDS right away, and a staff member can walk you through next steps before you get to the office.
If your tooth breaks, dislodges, or gets knocked out, try to keep the tooth warm or leave it in your mouth until you see a provider. You can control the bleeding by putting pressure on the wound. If you have swelling or bruising, an ice pack helps manage your pain until you receive treatment.
Your specialist assesses your immediate needs. In some cases, a tooth must be reattached quickly to your gum tissue, or you might require oral surgery to deal with an injury and prevent further damage to your mouth or jaw.
Pain is manageable with prescription medication, and your dentist also might advise a liquid diet until your teeth and gums are back to normal.
What do I do after a dental emergency?
When you leave Lee and Van Mieghem DDS, you are given specific aftercare instructions to help speed your recovery. Your teeth always require proper care, but this is especially true if you’ve sustained an injury or suffered an accident. Make sure to follow your dentist’s advice and ask any questions you may have.
It’s a good idea to schedule a follow-up appointment with your dentist to make sure you’re healing properly and that you’re not at risk for further complications.
If you have a dental emergency, you can schedule an appointment quickly using the online booking system.