EMERGENCY Dental Care in Edmonton
When you have a dental emergency, we understand that it is serious and that you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. At Orchards Dental, we will do our best to see you the day of your emergency, and we intentionally leave openings in our schedule so we can see you as soon as possible without making you wait days or weeks. Whatever the cause of the emergency, give us a call and we will do our best to see you right away! We understand that it may be an anxious time and we will do our best to address any concerns you have.
Below are a few common dental emergencies and what can be done in those situations.
Toothaches are commonly caused by cavities, infections, cracks, fractures or trauma to teeth. Such problems cannot resolve on their own. It is best to see a dentist as soon as possible so the cause of the pain can be determined and appropriate treatment can be done before the problem worsens. In the meantime, painkillers may be taken to help reduce the pain.
Tooth Knocked Out (Avulsed Tooth)
If your tooth or teeth have been knocked out due to trauma or an accident, there is still a chance that the tooth can be saved. If the tooth was knocked out of your mouth in one piece, try to see a dentist as soon as possible (ideally within minutes), as the sooner treatment is done, the better chance there is that the tooth can be saved. Until you are able to see the dentist, place the tooth is an appropriate storage medium such as in a glass of milk or on the inside of your cheek (between the cheek and the teeth). If the trauma or accident has resulted in other more serious medical or health concerns, get those dealt with before the tooth problem.
Broken Teeth or Broken Fillings
If your tooth or an old filling has broken, it is best to get it repaired as soon as possible. If it is not repaired, the remaining tooth structure of your tooth may be weaker and more likely to fracture further. Until you are able to get the tooth repaired, try to avoid using that side of your mouth for eating, and try to stick to softer foods. In some cases if a large portion of your tooth has broken, it may need to be removed; otherwise, there is a likelihood of the tooth becoming infected and painful.
Sore gums can be caused by a variety of things and it can be serious if your gums are infected. It is best to see a dentist as soon as possible to ensure there is no infection, or to treat any present infection. Until you are able to get treatment, do your best to keep the site clean. Painkillers may be taken to reduce soreness but they will not solve the problem on their own.
Gum or Facial Swelling
Swelling in or around the mouth is often a sign of infection and should be assessed as soon as possible to either ensure no infection is present, or to treat the infection before it becomes more serious. Dental infections can be very serious and can be life threatening if untreated, as infections can spread to other parts of the body. The sooner infection can be managed, the easier it is to treat. Likely antibiotics and treatment to the offending tooth will be necessary for cases of dental infection.
There are other types of dental emergencies besides those listed above. If you think you have a dental emergency, give us a call and make an appointment today!