Emergency Care

At anytime, anywhere, count on us for endodontic emergency care.

Our experienced team offers quick and compassionate solutions for your urgent dental needs.

Dental emergencies can strike when least expected. You may be simply living your life when a sudden, painful dental issue disrupts your day. At Dr. Ottosen & Nygard Endodontics, we empathize with the stress that urgent dental situations can bring, and we’re committed to helping you navigate these challenging circumstances with utmost care and proficiency.

Our team in Washington is gentle, patient, and well-prepared to address any endodontic emergency that comes our way. We believe that every patient deserves comfort and support during stressful situations. We take the time to listen, understand, and provide the most effective care possible. Empathy and compassion are at the heart of our practice, and we strive to ensure our patients feel valued and cared for throughout their emergency endodontic experience.

Understanding Endodontic Emergencies

Endodontic emergencies encompass urgent dental situations involving the tooth’s pulp or root. These may include severe toothache, abscessed teeth, fractured or cracked teeth, knocked-out teeth, and soft tissue injuries, among others. Such emergencies require immediate attention to alleviate pain, prevent further damage, and preserve your natural teeth.

Signs You Need Emergency Care

Identifying the symptoms of endodontic emergencies promptly can mean the difference between preserving and losing a tooth. Here are some crucial signs that may indicate you require immediate dental attention:

  • Intense, persistent toothache: One of the most common indicators of an endodontic emergency is a severe and continuous toothache. The discomfort might intensify while biting down or eating. It could be a sign of an abscess or a serious infection that needs immediate attention.
  • Swelling or tenderness in the gums: Swelling, redness, or tenderness in the gums can indicate an infection, such as an abscess, which could require urgent care. In some cases, you may also notice a bump on your gums that feels sore to the touch.
  • Fractured or cracked tooth: If you’ve cracked or fractured a tooth, you might experience severe discomfort that requires immediate attention. In some cases, you might not feel pain, but the damage could still be severe. Visible cracks, chips, or fractures should not be ignored, as they can lead to more complex issues if untreated.
  • Knocked-out tooth: A knocked-out tooth is a critical dental emergency. If addressed promptly, the tooth can often be reinserted and saved. It is essential to keep the knocked-out tooth moist until you reach our office.
  • Soft tissue injuries in the mouth: Injuries to the tongue, cheeks, lips, or gums can lead to severe bleeding and should be treated as emergencies. These injuries may require sutures to stop the bleeding and start the healing process.

Remember, if you’re experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, it’s crucial to reach out to our office right away. At Dr. Ottosen & Nygard Endodontics, we prioritize emergency cases and strive to provide immediate relief and comprehensive care.

Endodontic Emergency Guide

Our team has prepared a guide to help you manage common endodontic emergencies until you can reach our office:


A persistent, severe toothache could indicate an underlying issue such as an infection. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water and take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed. Avoid applying heat to the area, as it may exacerbate the pain. Reach out to our office to schedule an emergency appointment.

Fractured Tooth

If you’ve fractured a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the affected area. Avoid chewing or biting down on the fractured tooth, and contact our office immediately for an emergency consultation.

Cracked Tooth

Similar to a fractured tooth, a cracked tooth requires immediate attention to prevent further damage or infection. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress. Contact us as soon as possible for an emergency appointment.

Knocked-Out Tooth

For a knocked-out tooth, time is critical. If possible, gently rinse the tooth with water and try to reinsert it back into the socket. If that’s not feasible, keep the tooth moist in a container of milk or saliva and reach out to our office immediately.

Soft-Tissue Trauma

In case of injuries to the soft tissues in your mouth, clean the area with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If bleeding persists, visit our office or the emergency room promptly.

Precise Care For Your Dental Emergencies

At Dr. Ottosen & Nygard Endodontics, our patient’s well-being is our utmost priority. Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional endodontic care and emotional support in your time of need. Rest assured, we will guide you through your dental emergency, helping you reclaim your healthy, radiant smile. Reach out to our Washington office today!

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