Dental Emergency Specialist

Bill Gilbert, DDS -  - Cosmetic & General Dentist

Bill Gilbert, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Bellevue, WA

Dental emergencies require fast care to protect teeth and oral health, but these emergencies often happen when your dentist is out of the office. Bill Gilbert DDS offers the services of an emergency dentist in Bellevue, Washington, for patients who have unexpected dental problems. Whether your tooth gets knocked out at a weekend sporting event or you lose a crown at a family dinner, Dr. Gilbert can be in the office to help quickly.

Dental Emergency Q & A

What type of dental problems warrant an emergency call?

Dr. Gilbert understands that certain dental concerns need addressing as quickly as possible. That's why he is available on weekends and after hours when necessary. Some common dental emergencies include:

  • Permanent teeth that get knocked out
  • Cracked teeth
  • Crowns that fall out
  • Serious toothaches accompanied by fever
  • Problems causing serious pain, swelling, or discomfort
  • Objects lodged between the teeth

If you experience these problems, call Bill Gilbert DDS right away for emergency care.

What is the proper first aid for a dislodged tooth?

It’s possible to replace a permanent tooth that’s been knocked out, so be sure to call Dr. Gilbert right away for an emergency visit. Treat your damaged tooth correctly to improve the chance that it can be reinserted.

If you’ve had a permanent tooth dislodged during an accident, fight, or sporting event, follow these first aid procedures:

  • Wipe off any dirt or grit, but avoid removing any root or gum tissue
  • Hold it in the socket, if possible, using a damp towel
  • If you can’t keep it in your mouth, place it in milk until you can see the dentist

What first aid is needed for a cracked or broken tooth?

A cracked or broken tooth can be quite painful. To alleviate the pain, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to your face near the broken tooth. Call Dr. Gilbert for an emergency appointment.

Is a toothache a dental emergency?

A toothache is a sign that something's wrong, but not all toothaches are emergencies. Try rinsing your mouth with warm water, and then use dental floss to remove any food stuck between your teeth. If this doesn't help, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gilbert. Whether the problem is an emergency depends on the severity of the pain.

How can I remove something stuck between my teeth?

If you call Dr. Gilbert because you have something lodged between your teeth, he recommends using dental floss to try to dislodge it. If this doesn't work, you may need to come into the office. Leaving something, even if it's just a small piece of food, stuck between your teeth can cause serious discomfort and oral health problems.