Emergency Dentistry


Emergency Dentistry

Dental emergencies tend to be few and far between, but when they do happen, they can be so hard to ignore that life can grind to a halt. We know just how unbearable a toothache can become, so we strive to accommodate all our emergency patients on the very same day.

What is a Dental Emergency?
Many dental issues can cause significant discomfort, and to the individual, less severe issues may very well feel like an emergency. So, what exactly is classed as a dental emergency that would qualify you for receiving immediate treatment?

Any bleeding from the mouth that does not stop after a short period of time can be a sign of a severe underlying problem and is usually the result of trauma to the mouth or throat. Extensive bleeding may occur shortly after procedures such as tooth extraction, but if you are experiencing bleeding for any other reason, you should contact your dentist immediately.
In the meantime, apply pressure to the affected area by covering it with gauze and biting down. While waiting to be seen by your medical professional, you should avoid eating, drinking, and smoking. 

Extreme Pain
Extreme dental pain (or toothache) is well known to be excruciating to the point of hindering any other activities. Toothache can be caused by various things and should be examined by a dentist as soon as possible.
Some possible causes are:

  • Tooth decay
  • Loose fillings
  • Infections
  • Abscesses
  • Damaged teeth

Seek medical attention if toothache lasts more than two days or is causing unbearable pain. You may also notice swelling in the cheeks or jaw. While waiting to see your dentist, rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater and taking over-the-counter painkillers can alleviate some of the pain and discomfort.

Knocked-Out and Displaced Teeth
Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience and is a very serious dental emergency. A tooth that has been knocked out or displaced is referred to as an avulsed tooth. While it may feel hopeless when a permanent tooth falls out, all hope is not lost.
With some quick thinking, a permanent tooth can be saved. Avulsed teeth can usually survive for up to 60 minutes, so the very first thing you should do is contact your dentist. Time is of the essence, so try to get there as quickly as possible, but there are a few things you can do in the meantime.
Firstly, don’t touch the root of the tooth, only handle the crown. Next, gently rinse the tooth with water to remove any debris. Finally, place the tooth back in its socket where possible and hold it there. This should hopefully be sufficient to allow the tooth to survive long enough to be saved. 

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