Emergency Dental Services
What is a Dental Emergency?
Emergencies can happen at any time, and we are here to help. The following are some common examples of dental emergencies and what you should do while seeking treatment as soon as possible.
Contact our office immediately so we can schedule you an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible.
- Chipped or Broken Teeth
Have a broken or chipped tooth? Try to find the missing tooth, put it in a clean container and bring it to your appointment.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area around the broken tooth and use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down.
Your dentist can potentially reattach it. Whether the piece is found or not, ensure you phone our office right away to have it repaired.
- Knocked-Out Teeth
If you can find your knocked out tooth, rinse, hold it by the crown - not the roots - and re-insert it into your tooth socket by gently biting down once it is in its place. Try to keep it moist by putting it in a glass of milk or holding it in your mouth until you arrive at your office.
Take an over-the-counter pain medication. If you are bleeding, do not take aspirin. Apply a cold compress against your cheek where your tooth has been fractured. This will help reduce your pain and the swelling.
Ensure you come to the office as soon as possible. Call ahead if you are able. The sooner you can be treated after a tooth has been knocked out, the better the chance your dentist will have of saving it.
- Lost Fillings or Crowns
Try to identify and find any broken or lost fillings or crowns. Rinse and attempt to place it back on your tooth. Call our office as soon as possible to arrange an appointment to have it fixed.
Never use super glue to cement your crown in place.
- Severe Swelling, Pain or Discomfort
Do you notice your face, mouth or neck areas have suddenly moderate to severe swelling, or are you experiencing severe pain or discomfort in or around your mouth?
Call us as soon as possible and follow these steps to alleviate pain in the meantime:
- Apply a cold compress to your cheek, on the area where you are feeling pain.
- Take an over-the-counter pain medication.
- Use salt water to flush the area that is in pain. This will help remove any debris that could be causing the toothache.
Our dentists should see the swelling or condition to diagnose the cause and plan quick, efficient and effective treatment.
- What do I do if I have a broken braces wire?
- If a wire breaks or comes out of a bracket or band, try placing orthodontic wax on the tip of the wire if it causes discomfort.
- Do not cut the wire yourself.
- What do I do if I have a loose bracket or band?
- If a bracket is loose, attempt to reattach it to the tooth by covering it with orthodontic wax.
- If a band or bracket comes out, do not discard it until your dentist can replace it for you.
- Do not attempt to replace it yourself.
- What do I do if I have a soft-tissue injury?
- Bleeding can be a result of an injury to the tongue, cheek, gums, and lips.
- Rinse your mouth with a warm salt water solution.
- Use a piece of gauze or a moistened tea bag, and apply pressure to the area if it is bleeding.
- To help control the pain, apply a cold compress.
- What do I do if I have lost a dental crown?
- If a crown falls off, make an appointment to see one of our dentists; make sure to bring the crown to your appointment. In the mean time, if the tooth is sensitive, you can place the crown back on temporarily:
- Swab the inside of the crown with Vaseline, denture adhesive, or toothpaste, and seat the crown back on the tooth.
- Try to avoid eating with the crown on, as it may become dislodged.
- Never use super glue to cement your crown.
- What preventive measure can I take?
There are some simple, everyday precautions that you can take to help avoid any injuries to your teeth and gums.
- Remember to wear a custom-fitted mouth guard while playing recreational sports.
- Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candies; all could lead to a tooth fracture.
- Never use your teeth to open things, such as bags, pens, wrappers and cutting tape.
- What should I do if I have a chipped or broken tooth?
- Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area around the broken tooth.
- Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down.
- Avoid eating anything hard, crunchy, or sticky.
- What should I do if I have a toothache?
- Rinse the mouth out with warm water to clean it out.
- Gently use dental floss or an inter-dental cleaner to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth.
- Advil can sometimes be effective in comforting pain but never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue.
- If there is a hole in the tooth, you may place oil of cloves on a small cotton pad and place it in the site to relieve pain.
- An aching tooth is a very common dental emergency. A toothache is often a sign of infection in or around a tooth.
- What should I do if I have an abscess?
- Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out.
- Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down.
- Do not eat hot foods as these may increase the pain.
- What should I do if I have something stuck between my teeth?
- Try to gently remove the object with dental floss; avoid cutting the gums.
- Never use a sharp instrument or pin to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth.
- If you can’t dislodge the object using dental floss, contact us for an emergency dentist appointment
- What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?
- Retrieve the tooth and rinse the root of the tooth with milk, but DO NOT scrub off any attached tissue.
- If the tooth will easily (without being forced) go back into the socket, hold it in place with light pressure, and make sure the tooth is facing the right way.
- If the tooth will not go back into the socket, you can store it in milk or a saline solution until you can get to the dentist.
- Do not put the tooth in disinfectants, bleach, or fruit juice.
- In all cases, call our dental emergency hotline as quickly as possible 613-592-2900
- Knocked-out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within one hour of being knocked out.
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