Emergency Dental Care


As your general dentist, Dr. Kathryn Jagow, provides all the essential dental care your family needs to maintain healthy smiles. But things can and do go wrong, and at some point in our lives, almost all of us will face a dental emergency.

If and when you do, you can count on the team at Terrace Creek Dental Care to provide the prompt relief and treatment you need. 

We Are Here for Your Dental Emergency

We understand how upsetting any dental emergency can be, and we can assure you that we’ll make your urgent needs a priority. One of the benefits of having a trusted family dentist to turn to is that you never have to wonder whether or not your problem is a dental emergency. Call us right away to share your concerns with us, and we’ll determine how urgent your situation is and schedule you accordingly.

Dental emergencies we commonly address for our Mountlake Terrace patients are: 

  • Toothaches
  • Broken teeth
  • Lost dental crowns
  • Lost tooth fillings
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Infected or abscessed teeth
  • Dental trauma

There are all sorts of emergencies, so don’t worry if you don’t see your specific situation listed here. Call us, and we’ll make sure you get the care you need.

Self-Care in a Dental Emergency

Our goal is to do everything possible to minimize the stress and discomfort of your dental emergency. We may need to see you immediately, as is the case with dental trauma or severe pain where we need to perform a root canal to save the tooth. 

If your situation isn’t urgent, we’ll get you on our schedule for our next open appointment and give you instructions for handling your emergency until we see you.

Please be aware that none of these steps is a substitute for dental treatment or seeing your emergency dentist as soon as possible. They are only meant as a short-term solution to provide relief and protect your oral health until we see you.

Toothaches, Pain, and Swelling 

Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can be very effective at controlling your pain on a short-term basis. You can also try a cold compress on and off the affected area at 20-minute intervals to minimize discomfort and reduce swelling. Rinsing your mouth with a mixture of warm salt water can also help temporarily relieve toothache pain.

You should never ignore a toothache or delay treatment. Even if the pain goes away, it will return unless we address the underlying cause.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

A chipped or broken tooth is not necessarily an urgent emergency unless you are in pain, or there are sharp edges that irritate soft tissues in your mouth. Gather the fragments of the tooth and bring them with you to your dental appointment.

Lost or Loose Crowns or Fillings

If the crown feels loose, avoid chewing on the tooth. If the crown comes off, keep it in a safe place and bring it with you to your appointment. We will need to replace a lost tooth filling, but there’s a good chance that we can save a lost crown and cement it back in place. 

Call Us with Your Dental Emergency

We have all experienced dental emergencies and understand how stressful they can be and how they can upset your life. If you have an urgent problem, please let us help you. Call Terrace Creek Dental Care at (425) 776-2323, and a caring member of our team will be happy to assist you.