What is a Dental Emergency?
Emergencies can happen at any time - we understand and are here to help when possible.
Unsure if you are experiencing a dental emergency? Here are some common dental emergencies that should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible.
- Lost Fillings or Crowns
Try to identify and find any broken or lost crowns or fillings. Rinse and attempt to place it back on your tooth. Call our office as soon as possible to book an appointment and have it repaired.
- Chipped or Broken Teeth
Is your tooth chipped or broken? If you are able to find the missing tooth, place it in a clean container and bring it to your appointment with you. The dentist may be able to reattach it. Whether you'll find the piece or not, make sure you phone our office right away to have it fixed.
- Knocked-Out Teeth
For a knocked-out tooth, rinse it and hold it by the crown - not the roots. Once it's re-inserted into your tooth socket, bite down gently when it is in place. Do your best to keep it moist by putting it in a glass of milk or holding it in your mouth until you arrive at our office.
Take an over-the-counter pain medication, but if you are bleeding do not take aspirin. Apply a cold compress against your cheek in the area of your fractured tooth to help reduce pain and swelling.
Ensure you get to one of our offices as possible. If you are able, call ahead. The sooner you can be treated after your tooth has been knocked out, the better the change your dentist has of saving it.
- Severe Swelling, Pain or Discomfort
Have you noticed your mouth, neck or face areas have suddenly started to swell moderately to severely? Are you experiencing severe pain or discomfort in or around your mouth?
As soon as possible, call us and follow these steps to alleviate pain in the meantime:
1. Apply a cold compress to your cheek, on the area where you are feeling pain.
2. Take an over-the-counter pain medication.
3. Use salt water to flush the area that is in pain. This will help remove any debris that could be causing the toothache.
To diagnose the cause and plan quick, effective and efficient treatment, our dentist should see the condition or swelling.
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