Do You Have a Dental Emergency?
If you have a dental problem that needs to be treated immediately to stop bleeding, save your tooth, or relieve severe pain, then you probably need emergency dentistry.
The good news is that we offer emergency dental services in Mississauga. We can see you promptly!
A dental emergency is when you experience sudden injury or discomfort, often due to an accident. Many people have a dental emergency after taking a fall on the ice or getting hit in the face with a piece of sporting equipment. Sometimes, a pre-existing problem like a decayed tooth can become an emergency if it turns into a life-threatening abscess.
Here are some common urgent dental problems that we can help you with:
- A severe toothache that prevents you from sleeping or eating normally
- A knocked-out tooth
- Broken or loose braces
- A mouth injury or tooth extraction site that won’t stop bleeding
- An abscess (pimple) on your gums
- A significantly cracked tooth
- A lost filling or dental crown
Dental First Aid: What You Can Do in a Dental Emergency
Your first instinct may be to panic. But when a dental emergency befalls you or a loved one, the most important thing is to remain calm. The following tips will help you know what to do in an emergency to minimize the damage. As soon as the situation is stable, call for professional help.
Please note that while we can provide urgent dental care, you should dial 911 or visit the emergency department of a hospital if the emergency involves symptoms such as profuse bleeding, unconsciousness, severe allergic reaction, injury to the face or head, or obstructed breathing.
In the meantime, these practical tips can help you get a dental emergency under control:
Start by placing a cold compress on your cheek against the sore tooth. You can also take a pain reliever. If you choose to use medication, make sure it is one that your doctor has approved for you and always read the instructions on the bottle before taking any medication. Keep careful notes about what medication you took, when you took it, and how much you took and bring your medication notes for the dentist to review.
Having a tooth knocked out can be a terrifying experience, but if you act quickly, there is hope that you can get it replaced. Locate your tooth, pick it up by the crown (not the roots!) and see if it’s clean. If there is some debris, gently rinse your tooth in a bowl of clean water. Running water can damage the tissue fibers that are still attached to the roots. Try to insert your tooth back into its socket. If it hurts to do this, or if you’re too nervous about replacing the tooth on your own, place it in an airtight container with some milk (not water). If you don’t have access to milk, simply place the tooth in the side of your mouth between your cheek and teeth. This is a safe place that will keep your tooth protected until you can come see us.
Call us right away so that we can see you immediately. The chances of your tooth successfully reattaching are better if we can treat you within an hour of your accident.
Rinse out your mouth to clear away the debris. Try to salvage the broken bits, if possible. Store them in a secure container or bag to bring with you to show the dentist. If your tooth is bleeding, place some sterile gauze against it until the bleeding stops. Place a cold compress on the outside of your face to dull the pain and swelling.
The first thing we will do is treat you for the pain, if you are in discomfort. As soon as you are comfortable, the dentist will discuss your options for repairing your tooth such as fillings, dental crowns, or even a root canal.
An abscess is a localized bacterial infection that builds up inside a tooth and then travels out of the tooth roots and into the surrounding tissues. It often shows up as a pimple on the gums, and it can give you a very severe toothache until it ruptures. A ruptured abscess will cause a sudden foul odour and salty taste in your mouth and may even give your tooth a sense of relief.
Dental abscesses are very serious health concerns because as the pocket of infection grows, it can spread into surrounding tissues and cause damage to whatever it touches, including other teeth, your sinuses, your breathing passages, and even your brain. A small abscess can turn life-threatening if it isn’t treated in time.
If you notice signs of an abscess, call us right away. In the meantime, you can try to soothe the pain and draw the infection to a head by gently rinsing your mouth with a saltwater solution several times a day. You can make this solution by mixing ½ teaspoon of table salt with 8 ounces of warm water.
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to book an emergency visit.
Are you experiencing a dental emergency? Contact us and we will see you right away. We’ll address any pain and help you understand your options for repairing the injury. If you have an oral health concern that’s not too urgent, then schedule an initial consultation where we will take the time to evaluate your oral health in a comprehensive dental exam.
Frequently Asked Questions
Remain calm, try your best to stabilize the situation, and then give us a call. If you aren’t sure what to do and you feel scared, call us anyway. We’ll give you step-by-step guidance over the phone and tell you what you can do. Don’t try to repair a damaged tooth on your own. We can help you make sure that your injury is treated the right way the first time so that you can save your tooth and avoid complications.
The most important thing is to follow your doctor’s advice. In general, you can take any non-prescription pain reliever you would normally take for other bodily aches and pains. Carefully read the directions on the package before taking any medication. Remember that taking a pain reliever is not a permanent solution. Just because the medication dulled the pain does not mean that you don’t need to have your tooth treated. Call us right away so that our dentist can examine your tooth. Bring with you a note detailing which pain reliever you took, how much you took, and when you took it.
Yes, you can visit the emergency room (ER) in the event of a dental emergency. In fact, this may be your only option if you experience a serious dental emergency at a time when most dental practices are not open. Be aware, however, that the ER doctors probably won’t be able to fix your tooth or provide other dental treatment. They will simply address issues like pain, bleeding, and swelling to stabilize your condition and provide you with temporary relief until you are able to come see us. If your dental emergency is minor (like a small chip in your tooth that isn’t causing you any pain), then the ER probably can’t do much to help.
There are a number of potential issues that can arise from an untreated broken tooth, including:
Accidentally cutting your lips, cheeks, or tongue on the sharp edges of your broken tooth
Damage to the nerve inside your broken tooth, which would require root canal treatment
Bacteria entering your tooth and causing an abscess
Further damage and pain to your tooth
Extreme dental sensitivity
Your best bet is to come see us as soon as possible to find out how you can protect and save your broken tooth.
A ruptured abscess can give you an instant sense of relief. But this lack of pain doesn’t guarantee that you’re in the clear just yet. Whether or not an abscess ruptures, leaving it untreated can allow the bacteria to spread to other parts of your jaw, head, and neck. From there, the infection could spread to your brain, make your throat swell shut, or even begin growing in your bloodstream, causing a life-threatening condition called sepsis. We strongly recommend that you get professional treatment for a dental abscess as soon as possible!