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If you have a dental emergency, call Vista Dental in Vancouver, Washington. Dr. Saleh will see you today, relieve your pain, and treat or stabilize your tooth or oral tissue. Afterward, he will thoroughly examine the area to identify the cause of your signs and symptoms. Then, he will explain your treatment options. We will see you for your dental emergency even if you do not have dental insurance or are not a current patient.

What Is a Dental Emergency?


A dental emergency is an event or condition that affects your teeth or oral tissue and threatens your oral health. Without prompt treatment, the situation will get worse.

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Where Should You Go for a Dental Emergency?


If you have a dental emergency, see a dentist. Although an urgent care center or hospital emergency room might give you antibiotics for a tooth infection, they do not have the equipment to diagnose and treat dental problems. The urgent care or hospital staff will refer you to a dentist for essential treatment. However, if you experience severe trauma and cannot see a dentist, please go to a medical facility.


What Are Some Types of Dental Emergencies?


Dental emergencies include pain, trauma, and loss or damage to a dental implant or restoration, such as a crown or filling.

  • Pain – If you have a toothache, the pulp (living tissue, vessels, and nerves) inside the tooth is probably infected. An untreated infection will linger and spread—possibly to other teeth or your jawbone or into your bloodstream.
  • Trauma – Injury or impact to your mouth or teeth can cause chips, cracks, breaks, or internal damage that you cannot see. Untreated damage can spread and increase the risk of losing your tooth. If you have experienced mouth or tooth trauma, see a dentist right away.
  • Swelling – Swollen gum or oral tissue can result from infection, disease, or an allergic reaction.
  • Lost, damaged, or dislodged restorations or implants – Dental restorations include a crown, filling, porcelain veneer, or an implant—anything used to restore the function and appearance of your tooth. Most restorations protect teeth that are already weak or damaged. Leaving your teeth without protection can further weaken them. Also, an exposed tooth or damaged implant gets infected and becomes painful.
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How Are Dental Emergencies Treated?


Treatment for your dental emergency depends on the type of emergency.

  • Pain – Dr. Saleh will relieve your pain first. A toothache usually needs root canal treatment—removing the dead tissue inside your tooth. Dr. Saleh makes root canal treatment painless. Pain in your gums or other oral tissue may be a symptom of infection or disease. After identifying the source of your pain, Dr. Saleh will recommend treatment.
  • Trauma – First, we must stop any bleeding. Afterward, Dr. Saleh will examine your teeth or oral tissue for external and internal damage. Root canal treatment, dental composite, crowns, or sutures for oral tissue are some treatment possibilities.
  • Swelling – An examination and x-rays, if needed, will help Dr. Saleh identify the cause and how to treat it.
  • Lost, damaged, or dislodged restoration or implants – Dr. Saleh can re-cement a crown that fell off or replace it with a temporary crown until a new one is ready. He can replace your lost fillings. If a dental implant is loose or comes out, Dr. Saleh will examine and x-ray the area before recommending treatment.



What Can You Do for a Dental Emergency?


If you have experienced pain, trauma, swelling, or lost or damaged a restoration, you can act immediately. But it is essential to see a dentist.

  • Pain – Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, but do not use it longer than recommended or as a substitute for seeing a dentist.
  • Trauma – If you have a chipped or broken piece of a tooth, keep it moist—preferably in saliva or a damp paper towel. Avoid touching it. Come to our office right away—minutes matter. For excessive bleeding, apply pressure to the area with a clean cloth. Get help right away.
  • Swelling – Apply cold compresses to the side of your face in the affected area.
  • Lost, damaged, or dislodged restorations or implants – Bring the damaged or dislodged piece with you to our office.
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How Much Does a Dental Emergency Cost?


A dental emergency is an event or condition that affects your teeth or oral tissue and threatens your oral health. Without prompt treatment, the situation will get worse.

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Nervous About Seeing a Dentist?


Dental anxiety often prevents people from getting treatment—even in an emergency. If you are nervous, please do not worry. We have many anxious patients, and our staff will warmly welcome you. We make dental visits comfortable and painless. If you need additional help relaxing, we offer sedation dentistry. Read our sedation dentistry page for an explanation of how it works.



What Can You Expect During Your Emergency Dental Appointment?


You will receive highly competent, exceptionally compassionate care. We will let one of Dr. Saleh’s patients explain:

“Dr. Saleh walked me through every step of the process, often stopping to check my comfort level. I felt respected and taken care of, which, in turn, made the experience much less intense.” – Kay E.

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Call Us Now. We Will See You Today.

If you have a dental emergency, prompt treatment can prevent it from getting worse. Call us now for affordable emergency dental care.