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Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can be frightening and often painful. If you are having a dental emergency, the team at Scotia Square Dentistry can help with same-day emergency dental services.

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If you are in severe pain, it is essential to make an appointment with your dentist as quickly as possible. The pain caused by dental emergencies will almost always gets worse without treatment, and dental issues can seriously jeopardize your physical health.

Types of dental emergencies and how to deal with them:

Avulsed tooth
(tooth knocked out)

If a tooth has been knocked clean out of the mouth, it is essential to see a dentist as soon as possible. When a tooth is forcibly removed from the mouth, tissues, nerves and blood vessels become damaged. If the tooth can be placed back into its socket within an hour of being knocked out, there is a chance the tissues will grow to support the tooth once again.

Follow these steps:

  1. Call the dentist.
  2. Pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it under warm water.  DO NOT touch the root.
  3. If possible, place it back into its socket – if not tuck it into the cheek pouch.
  4. If the tooth cannot be placed in the mouth, put the tooth into a cup of milk, saliva, or water as a last resort. It is essential to keep the tooth from drying out.
  5. Get to the dentist, quickly and safely.

The dentist will try to place the tooth back in its natural socket. Often, the tooth will reattach, but if the inner mechanisms of the teeth have been seriously damaged, root canal therapy may be necessary.

Lost filling or
lost crown

A crown or filling might come loose while you are eating. Once it is out of the mouth, the affected tooth may be extremely sensitive to temperature changes and pressure. 

If a crown or filling has dropped out of the mouth, make a dental appointment right away. Keep the crown in a cool, safe place because it may be possible for the the dentist to reinsert it.

If the crown is out of the mouth for a long period of time, the surrounding teeth may shift out of place, and the problem tooth may sustain further damage.

The dentist will first to see if the crown still fits. If it does, it will be reattached to the tooth. If decay is present, it will be treated and a new crown will be made.

Cracked or
broken teeth

Teeth are very strong, but they are nonetheless prone to fractures, cracks and breaks. Some of these are painless, but if the crack extends down into the root, it is likely that the pain will be intense. Fractures, cracks and breaks can take several different forms, but are usually caused by trauma, grinding and biting. If a tooth has been fractured or cracked, be sure to see the dentist as quickly as possible.

Where a segment of tooth has been broken off, here are some steps that can be taken at home:

  1. Call the dentist.
  2. Rinse the tooth fragment and the mouth with lukewarm water.
  3. Apply gauze to the area for ten minutes if there is bleeding.
  4. Place a cold, damp dishtowel on the cheek to minimize swelling and pain.
  5. Cover the affected area with over-the-counter dental cement if there is no way to see the dentist immediately.
  6. Take a topical pain reliever.

The nature of the break or fracture will limit what the dentist can do to repair it. If a fracture or crack extends into the root, root canal therapy may be the only effective way to retain the tooth. If there is a complete break, the dentist will usually affix the fragment back onto the tooth as a temporary measure.

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