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For help with a dental emergency
It’s important to act quickly
Regardless of how well we’re prepared the unexpected can always happen. In the case of an emergency, it’s a good idea to have a preconceived plan in place.
As far as dental emergencies go, often, the sooner you act, the more likely you will be to save a tooth and lessen the pain.
Common dental 911 calls and what to do about them
Any situation that could jeopardize your tooth, or comes with severe bleeding or pain should be considered a dental emergency. Swelling or discomfort should not be ignored either as they could be a sign or an abscess or infection.
Here are a few of the more common dental emergency situations and what to do about them:
A knocked out tooth
If you’ve knocked out an adult tooth, it’s important to get to a dental clinic as soon as possible. If the tooth is put back in within 10 minutes, there’s a good chance the dentist can save it. After 2 hours, the prognosis tends to be much less promising.
If you can, put the tooth back in the socket on your own, or put it in your mouth if there is no risk of swallowing it. Otherwise, place the tooth in a little milk to help preserve it.
A loose tooth
If you have a loose tooth, call Chestermere dentist Dr Lowry for an emergency dental appointment as soon as you can. In the meantime, you can try to keep the tooth in position with your finger or tongue, or by biting down, but make sure you don’t jam or force anything.
A broken or cracked tooth
In the majority of cases, a broken or cracked tooth can be saved. Common treatments to repair a broken or cracked tooth are a dental filling or bonding, a dental crown or a veneer. If the root of the tooth has been damaged, a root canal may be required.
A toothache should be taken seriously as it is often a symptom of something potentially more serious. Call Dr Lowry as soon as you can to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, you can take over the counter medication to ease the pain. You may also find a cold pack soothing, but don’t use heat as it will likely make the pain worse.
A lost filling
See Dr Lowry as soon as possible after the filling has come out. To protect the tooth, you can put a small wad of sugarless chewing gum in the hole until you can get to the dental clinic.
Something stuck between your teeth
Use dental floss to see if you can dislodge the object. If you can’t, schedule an appointment. Don’t attempt anything more aggressive on your own as there is a chance you could injure your tooth or gums.
An injury to the tissues surrounding your mouth
A puncture wound, laceration or tear to your lips, cheeks, mouth and tongue is another form of emergency that may or may not involve your teeth. Try to stop any bleeding with pressure and head to the emergency room.
Avoid a dental emergency in the first place
- If you participate in a contact sport or a sport that could involve a fall, an athletic mouthguard can help you to protect your teeth.
- Regular checkups will help you avoid situations like a lost filling, mysterious pain or swelling, or a tooth that breaks suddenly on it’s own.
- Finally, keep our Chestermere dental clinic emergency number in your first aid kit to ensure you get in the see the dentist as soon as possible after the injury or incident.
If you have an emergency, act now
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please do not hesitate to contact us. The sooner you receive treatment the better your recovery will likely be.