No time is ever a good time for an emergency. However, encountering a dental emergency is always tough if it happens after office hours, or while you are out of town. There are many ways to protect your teeth from damage, such as by avoiding hard candy, popcorn, and other hard items. Not using your teeth as a tool to open bottles or packaging is another way to keep them safe and avoid injury. Even when you take precautions accidents can still happen. However, being prepared will ensure that in the event of a dental emergency, you have a greater chance of saving your tooth instead of losing it.
The dentists here at Fort York Dentist are happy to give you information regarding emergency care for after-hours accidents. Most dental offices, ours included, will have a dedicated number specifically for emergencies that occur outside of business hours. These numbers will put you in touch with someone who can direct you to the nearest emergency dental clinic in the Toronto area. It’s a good idea to have this number saved in your phone, or written down with your other emergency numbers. Aside from that, we have a few tips that will help you manage dental emergencies until you are able to visit your regular dentist.
Emergency Dental Tips
Broken or Chipped Tooth – If you have an accident that results in your tooth becoming chipped or broken, in most cases, it can be saved. Get in touch with your dentist or emergency clinic to set up a time for repair. When you visit the dentist, they will assess the tooth and repair it with white filling if the damage is small. Teeth that have more serious breakage may require a root canal and crown.
Toothaches – The first thing you should do when faced with tooth pain is to call your dentist here at Fort York Dentist. While you wait for an appointment, you can take an over-the-counter pain aid such as aspirin or Tylenol to reduce the pain. An ice pack or cold compress is also a great way to reduce inflammation and pain until you are able to see your dental professional. Avoid putting heat or a heating pad on the area since that will increase pain instead offering relief.
Knocked Out Tooth – When one of your adult teeth becomes dislodged, it’s important to act quickly in order to have a chance at saving the tooth. If a tooth is replaced within 2 hours of its being knocked loose, it might be saved, but after 2 hours the chance is minimal. When the tooth is knocked out, clean it gently and try to put it back in its socket, if you can’t, place the tooth in a cup of milk and rush to your nearest dental facility for urgent care.
Bitten Tongue & Lips – Anytime there is damage to the tissues, the first thing you should do is stop the bleeding. Take a clean cloth or gauze and stem the flow, followed by a cold compress to reduce swelling and numb the area. In the event that you are unable to stop the blood flow, visit your local emergency room immediately.
Lost Filling – Fillings are intended to last a long time, but in instances where they have become dislodged, you have to visit Fort York Dentist or your local dentist ASAP.
How We Can Help
Not seeking treatment as quickly as possible for a dental emergency can result in even more damage or even total tooth loss. Therefore, please contact Fort York Dentist at (647) 346-8888 as soon as you are injured for help with your dental emergency.