Not every situation can wait. Sometimes a dental emergency strikes, and it’s important to see a professional as soon as possible to ease pain, stop bleeding, and sometimes even reattach a tooth. Emergency dentistry in Toronto has advanced rapidly over the last few decades, resulting in a field that is excellent at restoring oral health and function in one quick visit.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
An issue many emergency dentists’ experience is that people come in during situations that don’t constitute medical emergencies. We understand it’s important for many to seek help as soon as possible; someone visiting to have their teeth whitened is not why the office is open. Instead, we recommend that someone seek out emergency dentistry in one of the following situations:
- A tooth was physically knocked out or removed
- A tooth has broken, exposing the soft pulp or nerve
- Someone bit their tongue, and the bleeding has not stopped
- There is a severe infection causing pain, swelling, or the leaking of pus
- A severe toothache is preventing regular activities like eating and drinking
- There are lacerations in the gums, inner cheeks, or tongue that have not stopped bleeding
What to Do In an Emergency
The best thing that can be done in an emergency is to remain calm and seek immediate treatment. Locate an emergency dentist in your area and make plans to head there as soon as possible.
Patients who have lost a tooth should locate it. Avoid the temptation to rinse it, and instead keep all of the soft tissue intact. Place the tooth back in its socket – if possible – and bite down on a piece of paper towel to help the bleeding. If the nerve is still alive when you arrive at the dentist, it might be possible to reattach the tooth.
If the mouth is bleeding or has been cut, rinse with warm water. Avoid the temptation to use mouthwash or antiseptics. Use a paper towel to stop the flow of blood.
If a toothache is severe, consider taking an over the counter medication to combat pain and swelling. Head to the dentist immediately.
If a tooth is fractured and broken, find the pieces and bring them to the dentist. Restoration could be possible.