We take dental emergencies very seriously at Highland Dental Center. From the moment you walk into one of our Kirkland, Renton, or Edmonds, WA dental offices to the moment you leave, our staff will take care in making sure you are comfortable and fully aware of all your treatment options. We treat you with compassion and respect and offer personalized care with multiple options to relieve your pain and restore your health.
We also understand that emergencies can happen outside of normal office hours. While many offices have an after-hours answering service, Dr. Rekhi goes one step further. He provides his personal cell phone number to all patients of record should problems arise or continue after normal business hours.
Highland Dental Center provides a multitude of emergency dental treatments, many of which can be done the same day, including:
- Root canals
- Simple and surgical extractions
- Dental trauma
- Broken teeth
- Punctured lips
- Lumps, bumps, and swelling
What to do in an Emergency
Bitten lip or tongue: Clean the area, try to use pressure or other means to control any bleeding, rinse with warm water, and give Dr. Rekhi a call or come on in so we can evaluate the injury.
Objects caught in between teeth: If you are not able to dislodge object with dental floss, come to the office so Dr. Rekhi can use the proper instruments to ensure safe removal of whatever may be stuck. Do not try to use sharp objects or excessive force to remove an object, as this can do more damage.
Broken, chipped, or fractured teeth: Avoid using the affected area until you are able to be seen at our office. Do not bite on the tooth or apply any pressure to it.
Knocked-out tooth: If the tooth is located, try to put it back in place gently and quickly. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it with water, but do not rub it, and place back into socket. If replacing the tooth is uncomfortable, keep tooth moist and come to our office as soon as possible. The sooner it gets back into the socket the better the chances are of saving it.
Toothache: Many things can cause toothaches. If your tooth looks and appears intact, you may try to gently brush or floss the area to remove debris/food particles that may have been stuck in or around the tooth. Warm salt-water rinses can also be helpful. Use a glass of water with about a 1/2 teaspoon of salt, swish it around forcefully, and then spit it out. Do not swallow the salt water. If the toothache persists, come to our office.
- Broken jaw: Keep ice on the area and avoid any pressure on the jaw. Seek immediate care with an oral surgeon or the emergency room.