Emergency Dentist in South Edmonton
What is Considered a Dental Emergency?
If you are in pain, or if your tooth has been injured traumatically, you likely require an emergency dental appointment. Not sure? Call our clinic. Tell us what your situation is, and let us help you determine its severity. Even if it’s after-hours, our answering service will allow you to connect with Dr. Shkopich or Dr. Ahmad – who can schedule you in ASAP (or direct you to an appropriate facility).
Staying Calm During Dental Emergencies
If you’ve ever bitten your tongue or cheek during a meal, you know how much blood a little cut can produce. That’s because the mouth is a highly vascular area of the body. This is relevant when dealing with dental traumas because it can be difficult for some people to remain calm despite the presence of blood.
Staying calm is the best thing you can do during a dental emergency. Without remaining calm, it can be difficult to make decisions about what needs to happen. First things first: if you are bleeding from the mouth, rinse the mouth and apply pressure to encourage the bleeding to stop.
Prevent a Dental Emergency
Dental emergencies, like most emergencies, can strike at any time. Whether it’s an external traumatic impact that causes teeth to break or an internal issue that causes painful infection, it’s important to know how to handle a dental emergency when it happens. First, though, let’s have a look at the ways that we can prevent these issues from occurring.
If you are in the habit of missing your biannual checkups with your dentist, you could be leaving yourself susceptible to dental emergencies. This is because while many dental emergencies occur as a result of ‘freak’ accidents such as a slip, trip or fall, many dental emergencies begin inside the mouth – sometimes beneath the surface.
Infections and cysts can often be avoided by having regular X-rays taken of the mouth and full check-ups. In this way, infections that originate at the site of deep dental decay can be filled before the infection reaches the inner cavity of the tooth which puts the tooth at risk.
Similarly, cysts that are developing will not have an opportunity to affect the other teeth when your dentist intervenes early in its progression. Some dental issues do not cause pain and therefore can be hard to detect until their presence becomes obvious in its later stages. Wisdom teeth are another example of pain and infection that can be avoided when your dentist understands and monitors the teeth as they descend. Wisdom teeth can cause a host of issues if they become impacted in the mouth.
Why Are Infections Dental Emergencies?
If you have not sustained an injury, you won’t likely see any bleeding from the mouth, but you may be feeling pain. Generally, if your toothache doesn’t respond to over-the-counter painkillers it is time to get in to see a dentist for an emergency appointment.
If you have an infection, signs other than pain may include swelling in the mouth, painful opening and closing of the mouth, and a bitter or metallic taste coming from the site of the pain. If you have a tooth abscess, you may see what looks like a white or yellow pimple on the gums. This should not be popped if it has not already burst on its own. If there is no evidence of a pimple, you may still have an infection that needs to be handled promptly.
Call your dentist’s office and request to be seen for an emergency appointment. We always leave appointment times available throughout the day to accommodate emergencies, but if we are unable to assist you due to demand, call another clinic and request to be seen. Do not delay being seen as tooth infections can be serious.
Hold an ice pack to the outside of the cheek and never use hot compresses on an infection as it will increase the level of pain you are experiencing.
Common Dental Emergencies
If your tooth has been hit and has been knocked out or loose, you’ll need to see a dentist within 30 minutes for your best chance of saving the tooth. Make sure to keep any pieces of tooth that you can find and bring them with you to the dentist. The dentist may be able to restore the tooth using white filling product.
If your whole tooth has been knocked out, hold it at the top (not the root) and rinse it before trying to gently reinsert it into the socket and hold it in place by biting down gently. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, hold it in your cheek until you get to a dental clinic. Note that if a child has had a baby tooth knocked out it should not be reinserted as doing so can harm the adult tooth.
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