At anytime you may experience pain in your mouth. We are here to ensure that you do not endure hours of excruciating pain. Give us a call to book a short notice appointment and learn more about how we can help you alleviate pain between now and your appointment.
Common Dental Emergencies:
Dental emergencies could be the sign for something serious and care should be taken so that no permanent damage is caused, which would result in more expensive treatments at a later stage.
How it happens: Food debris lodged between your teeth could cause tooth aches.
What to do: You should rinse your mouth with warm water and floss your teeth to ensure that there is no lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, you can apply a cold compress. One thing you should avoid is to avoid placing any painkillers near the problem tooth as it could cause adverse effects. Make an appointment to see your emergency dentist as soon as possible.
How it happens: You could be playing around, or have fallen down, but a knocked out tooth can be saved if you follows these instructions.
What to do: Take the knocked out tooth by the crown (and not the root), rinse it in warm water and place it back in your mouth, if possible. If it cannot be placed back, immerse it in a glass of milk and rush to your nearest emergency dentist in Maple Ridge.
How it happens: If you are rough horsing around with your siblings or get into a fight or simply slip and fall, you could get broken teeth.
What to do: Chipped or broken teeth can be saved. Save the chipped pieces and rinse both your mouth and the broken tooth. If you are bleeding, apply gauze to the wound until it stops. Apply a cold compress and visit your dentist as early as possible.
How it happens: Eating very fibrous food or trying to use your teeth to do something you shouldn’t.
What to do: You should try to floss out the lodged debris, but under no circumstances should you use any sharp object to pry out the stuck object, as this could cause damage to your tooth and gums. Visit your local emergency dentist as soon as possible.
How it happens: If you are playing rough with friends, or eat something hard like walnuts etc.
What to do: You should apply cold compress to the outside of the affected area, take some over the counter pain medication and make an appointment to see your dentist as early as possible.
How it happens: Chewing on something like gum or something hard and sticky.
What to do: If you lose your filling, use sugarless gum to block the cavity and make an appointment to see your emergency dentist right away. If you lose your crown, make an appointment to see your dentist immediately. You can try to place the crown back over the tooth, using toothpaste, over the counter dental cement, after applying a little clove oil to the problem area with a cotton swab.
How it happens: Injuries to the soft tissues of your mouth like gums, tongue, lips, cheeks.
What to do: Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a tea bag or moistened gauze to the bleeding area for around 15 minutes. You can also apply cold compress to the outside of the mouth of the problem area for pain relief and to also keep the bleeding under check. If these don not help abate the bleeding, consult with your dentist or head to the ER immediately. Always keep consistent pressure on the bleeding area with gauze until it can be seen by your dentist or a dental professional.