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Having a Dental Emergency?

Please call our Emergency After-Hours number at
(253) 719-3070




At Light Dental Studios, we understand that dental emergencies can strike at any time, often causing pain, discomfort, and anxiety. That's why we're committed to providing prompt and compassionate emergency dentistry services to address your urgent dental needs. Our $49 same-day emergency exam offer is designed to ensure that you receive the immediate attention and relief you deserve when unexpected dental issues arise.



Our experienced team of dental professionals is dedicated to handling a wide range of dental emergencies, from severe toothaches and dental trauma to broken restorations and infections. When you come to Light Dental Studios for an emergency exam, you can expect a thorough evaluation of your condition. We'll assess the extent of the problem, diagnose the issue, and discuss treatment options with you.





We recognize that dental emergencies can be stressful, so we prioritize creating a calm and supportive environment for our patients. Our goal is to alleviate your pain, address the underlying issue, and restore your oral health as efficiently as possible. Whether you're an existing patient or new to our practice, we welcome you with open arms and a commitment to delivering exceptional care during your time of need.

We aim to make emergency dental care accessible to everyone, ensuring that you don't have to endure discomfort or delay treatment due to financial concerns. We believe that quality dental care should be within reach when you need it most, and our emergency dentistry services exemplify this commitment.

When dental emergencies occur, Light Dental Studios is here to provide you with immediate relief and expert care. We're your trusted partner in restoring your smile's health and ensuring your overall well-being. Don't hesitate to reach out to us when you require emergency dental services – your comfort and oral health are our top priorities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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General Information

What is Light Dental Studios?
Light Dental Studios is a comprehensive dental care provider that has been serving the Puget Sound area since 1971.
How many locations does Light Dental Studios have?
We have 21 convenient locations throughout the Puget Sound area to serve you better.
What areas do you serve?
What services do you offer?
Light Dental Studios offers a range of services including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, in-house denture lab, orthodontics, oral surgery, and periodontics.
Do you provide pediatric dentistry?
Yes, we offer specialized care for our younger patients to ensure they have a smile worth showing off at every age.
What cosmetic dentistry options are available?
We offer a range of cosmetic treatments including cosmetic bonding, Invisalign®, dental Botox®, teeth whitening, veneers, and more to help your smile shine brighter than a polished molar!

Checkups & Cleanings

What is the purpose of routine dental checkups and cleanings, and how often should I schedule them?
Routine checkups and cleanings are essential for preventive care. It's generally recommended to schedule them every six months to maintain good oral health, but your dentist may suggest a different frequency based on your individual needs.
What can I expect during a dental checkup, and why are X-rays sometimes necessary?
During a checkup, your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and oral structures for any issues. X-rays may be needed to detect problems not visible during a visual exam, such as cavities between teeth or issues below the gumline.

Retainers, Night Guards & Bleach Trays

How often do I need to wear retainers after completing orthodontic treatment, and why are they important?
Retainer use varies, but it's typically recommended full-time for several months after orthodontic treatment and then at night for an extended period to maintain the corrected tooth positions. Retainers prevent teeth from shifting back to their original positions.
What are night guards, and how do they help with teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism)?
Night guards are dental appliances that create a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth. They help alleviate the effects of bruxism by preventing tooth damage, jaw pain, and headaches caused by grinding or clenching during sleep.
Can I get bleach trays from my dentist for teeth whitening, and how do they compare to over-the-counter whitening products?
Yes, dentists can provide custom bleach trays for teeth whitening. They are often more effective and safer than over-the-counter products because they are customized to your teeth and use professional-grade whitening gel.

Emergency Dentistry

What constitutes a dental emergency, and how do I access emergency dentistry services?
Dental emergencies include severe toothaches, knocked-out teeth, broken dental restorations, and oral injuries. Contact your dentist immediately for guidance on accessing emergency care. Many dental offices offer emergency services.
What should I do if I have a knocked-out tooth or severe toothache outside of regular office hours?
For a knocked-out tooth, rinse it gently, place it back in the socket if possible, or store it in milk, and seek immediate dental care. For severe toothaches, rinse your mouth, floss to remove debris, and contact an emergency dentist.
Is it possible to prevent dental emergencies, and what safety measures should I take for maintaining oral health?
While not all emergencies can be prevented, maintaining good oral hygiene, wearing protective gear during sports, avoiding chewing ice or hard objects, and seeking regular dental checkups can reduce the risk of dental emergencies.

TMJ / TMD Disorder Treatment

What is TMJ or TMD, and what are the common symptoms of these disorders?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. Common symptoms include jaw pain, facial pain, headaches, clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth, and difficulty in jaw movement.
How is TMD/TMJ disorder diagnosed, and what treatment options are available?
Diagnosis involves a thorough examination by a dentist or specialist. Treatment options may include lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, medications, or dental appliances like splints or nightguards. In severe cases, surgery may be considered.
Are there non-surgical treatments for TMJ/TMD, and when might surgical intervention be necessary?
Yes, non-surgical treatments are often preferred and can be highly effective. Surgical intervention is considered when conservative methods fail or when there are structural issues that require correction.
What lifestyle changes can help alleviate TMJ/TMD symptoms and improve overall jaw health?
Lifestyle changes may include stress management, avoiding hard or chewy foods, practicing relaxation techniques, and maintaining good posture. Your dentist can provide personalized recommendations.
Can TMJ/TMD treatment also help with issues like headaches and neck pain?
Yes, successful TMJ/TMD treatment can alleviate associated symptoms like headaches and neck pain, as these often result from muscle tension and jaw misalignment.
Are TMJ/TMD treatments covered by dental insurance, and how can I explore my payment options?
Treatment coverage varies by insurance plans. It's advisable to check with your provider about coverage for TMJ/TMD treatments. Dental offices often offer payment plans and financing options to make treatments more accessible.

Disclaimer: Please note that the provided information above is based on general knowledge, and it's always recommended to consult with our doctors for personalized advice and recommendations regarding your or your child's specific dental needs and conditions. For any questions or concerns, please call our office.



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