Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Douglas M Sheets, DDS

General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentist located in Federal Way, WA

During a dental emergency, you need immediate attention. Douglas M Sheets, D.D.S in Federal Way, Washington, provides on-the-spot care. Dr. Sheets offers same-day emergency dentistry appointments. He treats oral infections, bleeding, cracked teeth, and much more, delivering expert care to resolve the problem and protect your oral health. After treatment, Dr. Sheets arranges a follow-up appointment to make sure you're healing well. Let Dr. Sheets provide the care you need during a dental emergency. Call the office today or make an appointment online.

Emergency Dentistry Q&A

What is a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies can include:

  • Oral bleeding
  • Severe dental pain
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Lost or broken dental appliances
  • Facial swelling

Dental emergencies often develop after a blow to the head. Keep in mind that head injuries can cause a wide range of health problems. A seemingly minor head injury may result in life-threatening injuries. If you or your child suffer a blow to the head, seek a medical evaluation right away. 

Sometimes, it can be hard for patients to know whether their situation qualifies as an emergency. Dr. Sheets can help determine what type of care you need. But when in doubt, always call 911 or head straight to the emergency room. 

Is it risky to delay care after a dental emergency? 

Dentists can resolve many problems via in-office emergency dentistry care. Dr. Sheets can treat oral bleeding, restore a knocked-out tooth, or clear up an infection. But for best results, he must provide immediate care. That's why patients need to seek an evaluation as soon as possible.

Without treatment, dental emergencies can lead to debilitating pain. Patients may develop a severe or widespread infection. In rare cases, oral infections can spread to the brain or to the throat closing off the airway and affecting your ability to breath of swallow. These infections can be life-threatening. The sooner you receive treatment, the better your outcome.

What happens during an emergency dentistry visit?

During an emergency dentistry visit, Dr. Sheets provides comprehensive care. To begin, Dr. Sheets may take an X-ray or perform other diagnostic tests. Dr. Sheets reviews the results and examines your mouth. He determines what kind of care you need. Next, he discusses your options. 

Dr. Sheets can perform many treatments in the office. But in the event of severe dental damage, Dr. Sheets may refer you to the hospital. An oral surgeon or medical doctor can repair the damage and provide intensive care. Afterward, Dr. Sheets provides checkups to make sure you're healing well.

Are you experiencing a dental emergency? Call Douglas M Sheets, D.D.S right away.