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EMERGENCY DENTISTRY

Sometimes things happen that can lead to what is known as – a dental emergency. In these situations, it is best to know how to deal with them and what you should do. Below are some common dental emergencies and a guide as to what you should do should if one occurs.

Toothache  

Like millions of Canadians, you might have suffered from toothache at some point in your life. However, sometimes a toothache can feel like anything but a toothache. The pain can be tremendous, almost crippling. Depending on the cause, an abscess, severe cavity, or a serious infection, mind bending pain can occur.

If this happens to you or to someone you love, the first thing you should do is call your dentist. Explain the symptoms as clearly and as calmly as you can.

Second, try to ease the pain. You can do this by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil, unless you have been advised to not take such medications by your doctor.
However, there are a few things to consider.
1) Only take the medication as directed regardless of your pain level. Too much medication, even Tylenol, can result in irreversible or even fatal liver damage.
2) Never put the medication near your toothache. This can create even more damage.

Last, never put a heat source like a heating pad or a hot water bottle near your jaw during a toothache. Heat will not help your symptoms and may make them worse or unmanageable.

 

Chipped or Broken Tooth/Teeth  

There you are, waiting to take the swing of your life when the ball misses the bat ever so slightly. Or, you are sitting right across from that special someone having a romantic dinner, when that bite results in the unmistakable pop of a chipped tooth.

No matter the details, chipped or broken teeth happen. Sometimes we cannot control the situation whatsoever. The result can be embarrassing or even painful.
However, you do not have to fear.
A chipped or broken tooth can almost always be saved. A simple filling may be all that is needed. For severe breakage, a crown may be needed. Either way, we will secure and reinforce the structure and integrity of your tooth.
First, call 604.592.2536 right away. We will get you in to see us as soon as possible. We will discuss restorative options, and pick the right one for you. Before you know it, you will be smiling once again.

 

Knocked Out Tooth  

This one is a doozy. Sometimes in life a tooth can get knocked loose at the root, or completely out. Some situations can lead to a missing tooth and pain or embarrassment follows.
Don’t fret! We are here to help.
First, act quickly! Did you know that a tooth that has been knocked out might be put back in? YES, It can!
If an adult tooth is placed back in by your dentist within about 10 minutes, it has a great chance at taking root once again. However, after about 2 hours, the chances become very nil.
Here is what you can do if your tooth gets knocked out:
First, if the tooth looks like it is clean and in good condition, put it back in its socket if possible. If not, place the tooth in a container or ice cold milk. Go directly to your dentist, or any dentist that is close to you.
P.S. Don’t forget your milk!

 

Badly Bitten Lip or Tongue

Sometimes when eating too fast or even talking, a badly bitten lip or tongue can result. In cases such as these, you need to apply pressure the wounded area right away. Use a clean rag or cloth, and apply/alternate with ice if the area is swollen. If the bleeding is severe, call 911 or go to the emergency right away.

Something stuck between teeth

Sometimes while eating, during work or play, an accident can occur that could result in something lodged between your teeth. This can sometimes result in severe pain if not treated properly right away.First, attempt to dislodge it using dental floss. Gently and carefully, try to remove the object.
DO NOT use sharp objects. Using a sharp object can cut your gums or scratch your enamel, resulting in an infection or a cavity.If you are unable to remove the object or if the case is severe, see your dentist or go to emergency.

Lost Filling

If you realize you have lost a filling, quickly place a piece of soft, sugarless gum in place of the cavity for protection.

Next, call your dentist right away and let them know what has happened to schedule an appointment.

DENTAL EMERGENCY


If you experience a dental emergency situation, make sure to contact our us as quickly as possible. If you are unable to reach our office during an emergency, dial 911.
While dental emergencies are uncommon, they can take place, and it’s crucial to know how to take care of your teeth no matter what. Typical dental emergency situations consist of:

Broken or cracked tooth/teeth • Broken jaw • Tooth/teeth knocked out • Object captured in between teeth • Extreme toothache


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