Patients with an emergency, that require immediate attention, such as a toothache with swelling or an accident will be given priority and seen the same day.
The Emergency exam
Any dental emergency like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment in the long run.
This exam may last between 30 and 60 minutes and aims at addressing the emergency and relieve you of the source of pain
What you can do until you see the dentist
Here are some common dental emergencies and a brief summary of what to do before we can see you.
Chipped or broken teeth
- Save any pieces.
- Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces.
- See us as soon as possible.
- Note any symptoms such as sensitivity to hot or cold. This will help us to find the cause of the problem.
- To relieve some of the toothache, get the necessary pain-relief medication that your pharmacist will recommend you.
- Never apply the tablet against the gums or near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If you have some signs of swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek.
- Do not put a heating pad, a hot water bottle, or any other source of heat on your jaw. Heat will make things worse.
Tooth that has been knocked out
- If it is an adult (permanent) tooth and it is fairly intact, we might be able to put it back. If quick action is taken and the tooth is put back in place within 10 minutes, it has a fair chance of taking root again. After 2 hours, the chances are poor.
- If the tooth looks clean, put it back in its place (its socket). If this is not possible, put it in a container of cold milk.
Swelling or gingival abscess (around your gums)
- Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution several times a day.
- Apply warm moist compresses to your cheek until your appointment.
Broken braces and wires
- If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket or band and is poking your cheek, tongue, or gum cover the end with wax, a small cotton ball, or piece of gauze.
- Contact your orthodontist’s office or us.
Object stuck in between your teeth
- For objects stuck in the mouth, try to gently remove with floss but do not try to remove it with a sharp or pointed instrument. The item might be painful or cause an infection.
- If it still cannot be removed contact us for an appointment.