Burien Dental Clinic
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What counts as a dental emergency?

If you injure a tooth, you may be wondering what to do next. Some dental injuries require immediate treatment and attention, while others are minor and are safe waiting for treatment until the next day. 

But how do you tell the difference? For an injured tooth to be a genuine dental emergency, it needs to pose an immediate threat or danger to your smile. This danger may come in the form of a broken tooth, lost tooth, broken jaw, or dental infection.

You will usually know a dental emergency when it happens because the injury will be painful, shocking, or life-altering in some way. 

We commonly treat dental emergencies in Burien, WA such as:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Excruciating pain in a tooth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth that need immediate extraction
  • Abscesses, swelling, and infections
  • Fractured teeth or teeth with large chips or cracks
  • Broken major dental restorations, such as bridges or dentures 

If you have a minor injury, dull toothache, loose dental filling, or broken tooth crown that isn’t painful, you probably don’t need an emergency dental visit. Most dental emergencies are obvious and cause you to want treatment right away, even if it’s the middle of the night.

Whenever you have a dental emergency in Burien, don’t hesitate to call our treatment team at Burien Dental Clinic at (206) 244-1618!

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