Emergency Dental Care

Emergency Care in Puyallup, WA

When it comes to dental emergencies, it is our goal to make sure your emergency is addressed as soon as possible, and a treatment plan is created that will relieve you of any discomfort.

We use a wide variety of the latest technology to help quickly and accurately diagnose and treat dental emergencies. Drs. Hanks and Wiggins are experienced in nearly all aspects of dentistry, and most emergencies can be treated right here at our Puyallup, WA dental office without having to refer out to a specialist.

The doctors and staff at Woodland Dental Center are always available for phone calls after normal business hours if needed. Simply call 253-840-0789 and a member of our on-call team will assist you.

What to do in an emergency?

  • Bitten lip or tongue: Most bitten lips/tongues will heal very well on their own. If bleeding or swelling does not stop with pressure or and ice, a quick assessment by Dr. Hanks would help to determine whether or not any additional treatment is required.
  • Object caught in teeth: Remove object gently with dental floss. If you are unable to dislodge the object, call our office.
  • Broken, chipped, or fractured tooth: Fillings or crowns can usually be done the same day to fix broken, chipped, or fractured teeth. X-rays will help to determine the severity of the damage and if the root canal system of the tooth is involved, which may require additional treatment.
  • Knocked-out tooth: If a tooth is knocked out, visit our Puyallup dental office as soon as possible. The likelihood of success is much higher if treated within one hour (ideally within the first 15 minutes of being knocked out). The best household items to store the tooth in until you can get to Dr. Hanks’ office are (in order of best to worst): (1) milk, (2) saline, (3) saliva, (4) water.
  • Toothache: Toothaches occur due to a variety of causes. A thorough exam and X-rays can help determine the cause of a toothache and the treatment recommended to resolve it.
  • Broken jaw: Oral surgery is commonly needed to fix a broken jaw. If you feel that you have a broken jaw, we can take X-rays at our office to verify and refer you to an oral surgeon if necessary.

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