Dental Emergency Services
What to do in a Dental Emergency
Dental Emergency Services
If you are suffering from a dental emergency, you should seek help as soon as possible. The following is a list of common dental emergencies and instructions as to what you should do if you are unable to receive treatment immediately.
Clean any irritating debris from your mouth by rinsing with warm water; if possible, floss gently to remove any particles from between teeth. A cold compress on the cheek and ibuprofen may also help relieve pain.
There are several ways to relieve pain from a toothache. Rinse your mouth with warm water and floss gently to remove any debris. You can use a cold compress or over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain. Do not use heat therapy such as a hot water bottle or heating pad; this will likely worsen the problem.
If you’re experiencing severe or constant pain, seek immediate treatment.
If one of your teeth has been knocked out, seek immediate treatment. Try to get to the dentist’s office within an hour. The sooner a dentist can put the tooth back into place, the more likely it can be saved.
Pick the tooth up by the crown (top of the tooth). Do NOT touch the root. If it’s dirty, you can rinse it with water. Try to place it back into the socket without pushing, and bite down gently to keep it in place. If it can’t be replaced in the socket, keep it in your cheek or in a clean container of milk until you arrive at the dentist’s office.
Cracked or Chipped Tooth
A cracked or chipped tooth requires dental work. Seek treatment from a dental professional. Until you can see a dentist, be sure to recover any pieces of the broken tooth if possible, and rinse your mouth with warm water. If you’re bleeding, you can apply clean gauze to the source until the bleeding stops. For pain or swelling, apply a cold compress to the lips or cheek.
Dislodged Crown or Filling
Ideally, you should receive dental care within 24 hours of the crown being dislodged. Until then, you can protect the crown by rinsing it gently with warm water and storing it in a plastic bag. The tooth underneath will likely be sore. If you’re in significant pain, you can purchase clove oil at the pharmacy and dab it on the tooth for relief. You can also purchase temporary dental cement to keep the crown in its spot until you can get to the dentist’s office.
Bring the crown with you to the dentist. If the crown and tooth aren’t damaged, the dentist may be able to reattach the crown. However, a damaged tooth or crown will likely require the crown to be replaced.
If your filling falls out, you will need to see a dentist within the next couple of days to prevent damage to the affected tooth. If you are unable to visit the dentist immediately, there are a few things you can do to ease the pain. Try applying clove oil, which can be purchased at pharmacies, to the tooth and gum. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Frequently Asked Questions
What counts as a dental emergency?
There are several kinds of dental emergencies. Some of the most common include cracked, broken, or dislodged teeth, and dislodged fillings or crowns. If you’re experiencing extreme pain, swelling, or severe bleeding, seek treatment immediately.
What do I do in the case of a dental emergency?
If you’re experiencing an emergency, it’s important to get treatment as quickly as possible. The sooner you can get to the dentist’s office, the better. Call our 24-hour phone line at 416 485 7121 to get started on treatment ASAP.
How can I reduce pain or swelling?
If you can’t immediately get to the dentist, you can relieve pain and swelling by pressing a cold compress to the outside of your cheek, or taking over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen.
What to do if I have a toothache?
There are several ways to relieve pain from a toothache. Click here to read more
What to do if I have a knocked-out tooth?
If one of your teeth has been knocked out, seek immediate treatment. Try to get to the dentist’s office within an hour. Click here to read more
What to do if I have a cracked or chipped tooth?
A cracked or chipped tooth requires dental work. Seek treatment from a dental professional. Click here to read more
What to do if I have a dislodged crown or filling?
Ideally, you should receive dental care within 24 hours of the crown being dislodged. Click here to read more
How can I prevent dental emergencies?
Accidents happen, and some dental emergencies may be unavoidable. However, many issues can be prevented simply by changing your habits:
- Practice daily dental hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing.
- Wear a mouthguard when playing a contact sport.
- Be careful when eating hard or crunchy foods, as they can damage your teeth.
- Make routine visits to the dentist to ensure your teeth and mouth are in good health.
When are you open?
Our clinic is open from 8 AM until 12 midnight, 7 days a week. We also have an answering service that operates 24 hours a day.
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