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As much as we’d like to avoid them, dental emergencies can sometimes happen. Dr. Packard, Dr. Packard, and our team stress the importance of acting quickly to lessen the damage. Of course, it is always important to visit our dentists (or a medical doctor) as soon as possible if there is a dental emergency. We are pleased to offer the following tips on what to do before coming to our office.

Knocked Out Tooth
If a tooth gets knocked out, rinse it off with cold water. Do not scrub the tooth or hold it by its root. Then try to reinsert the tooth into its socket, but do not force it back in place. If the tooth will not go back in easily, place it in a cup of cold milk or water. Visit our dentists as quickly as possible. This could mean the difference between keeping and losing the tooth.

Toothache
If you or your child is suffering from a toothache, schedule an appointment at Creekside Dental as soon as possible. A toothache is a sign of a more worrying problem. To ease discomfort, try swishing warm salt water or placing a cool compress on the cheek. Over-the-counter pain medication can also be helpful.

Bitten Tongue or Lip
If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area with a cloth and then use a cold compress to reduce any swelling. In the case that the bleeding doesn’t stop quickly or is heavy, contact our office or the emergency room immediately.

We urge you to call our dental office in Yakima, Washington, as soon as possible if you experience a dental emergency. Our team is here to answer any questions that you may have.