Dental emergencies are more common than you think. Research shows that about 22% of people have experienced dental pain within a six month period. To determine if oral or dental pain can be considered a dental emergency, ask yourself a few questions:
- Are you experiencing severe pain?
- Have you lost a tooth or multiple teeth?
- Are there any loose teeth?
- Is there bleeding coming from the mouth?
If you said yes to any of these questions, then you are likely experiencing a dental emergency! Call our Thornhill dental clinic as soon as possible so that we can get you the help you need.
Types Of Dental Emergencies
Toothache / Swelling
Clean around the sore tooth by rinsing with warm salt water. To ease the pain take an over-the-counter pain medicine that works for you, but do not put the pills on your sore tooth. Hold an ice pack against your face at the spot of the sore tooth. Any swelling under the eye or down the throat should be treated immediately.
Badly Bitten Lip or Tongue
If there is bleeding, press down on the part of the mouth that is bleeding. Use a clean cloth to do this. If the lip is swollen, use an ice pack to keep the swelling down. If the bleeding does not stop, go to Emergency at a hospital right away.
Chipped or Broken Tooth / Lost Filling
Broken teeth can almost always be saved. Put a piece of softened sugarless chewing gum or dental wax in the spot where the filling was lost or the tooth was broken. This will protect the area for a short period of time.
Most patients with jaw pain or TMDs get better by themselves without any treatment. To help ease sore jaw muscles, place a cold or warm compress to your jaw and gently massage your jaw muscles. Eat soft foods, try not to open your mouth too wide, even when you yawn. And most importantly, relax your jaw muscles. Wearing a night guard often helps your jaw joints and muscles to relax.
Knocked Out Tooth
For an adult knocked out tooth see the nearest dentist IMMEDIATELY! Carry the tooth in a cup of saline, milk, or water (in order of preference). Do not allow the tooth to dry out. Try to handle the tooth as little as possible. If this cannot be done in a speedy manner, try to put it back in its place. First rinse the tooth GENTLY with saline, milk or water (in order of preference) by holding it by crown end and not the root end. The sooner the tooth is reinserted the greater the success of healing. Baby teeth cannot be put back in place!
Something Stuck Between Your Teeth
First, try using dental floss, very gently and carefully, to remove the object. Tying a knot in the floss can create a rough surface to snag a stubborn food particle while pulling the floss through the space between your teeth. After flossing, roll it up in a tiny ball and put it in the garbage. Never flush floss down the toilet. Never poke between your teeth with a pin or similar sharp, pointy object; it can cut your gums or scratch the tooth surface. If you can't get the object out, please call us.
What To Do If You Experience A Dental Emergency
Sometimes, broken or knocked out teeth can be replaced if the patient arrives within 30 minutes of the incident. Try to place the tooth back in the socket or place it in a glass of milk before coming to our office.
For toothaches, a saltwater rinse, cold pack, and anti-inflammatory pills (such as Ibuprofen) can help mitigate the pain.
If you have a dental emergency, call Doncaster Dental Studio at 905-597-1518 and we will try our best to address your needs immediately. We always welcome new patients from Thornhill and surrounding areas, and are conveniently located on Yonge and Steeles.
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