Andrew Cole DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Emergency Services

How can we help you?

Patient education is the cornerstone of our practice because we find that informed patients are more proactive with their oral health care. We want to know what matters to you and asking questions helps us understand your priorities and how you would like us to help.

We have shared some of the questions we hear most frequently, but it’s likely you have some of your own. Please call us at (360) 748-6624 or use our convenient online contact form to arrange an appointment.

Emergency Services

The first step in any dental emergency is to call our office first. Some emergencies like severe pain need to be addressed immediately while others may be able to wait a day or two until we need to see you.

It can be challenging to think clearly if you have an emergency, so here are steps you can take if the need arises:

  • Tooth pain – Any tooth pain is a sign of a problem that we need to address quickly. For relief until you see us, use a cold compress and take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen.
  • Lost crown or filling – Place the crown or filling pieces in a tissue until you see us. We may not need to see you immediately, but we do need to protect the tooth from further damage.
  • Knocked-out tooth – This is the most serious of all dental emergencies because we only have a couple of hours in which we can successfully replace the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown only and keep the root moist in a cup of water, milk, or saliva until you get to our office.

If you are in pain, please call us right away at (360) 748-6624 and we will arrange to see you as soon as possible, usually the same day.

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