If you have a broken tooth, a possible infection, or an excruciatingly painful toothache, you don’t want to have to wait for an appointment. Dentrix Dental Care has Emergency Dentists NW Calgary that are there to help you when you need it most. We can resolve your emergency dental problems before they get worse.
We care about your dental health, and don’t want you to experience pain or discomfort for longer than you need to. We can help with emergency dental care for the following situations.
Knocked out Teeth
A tooth that’s knocked out isn’t necessarily gone for good. It can be possible to get the tooth back into the mouth, if you act quickly.
The sooner you visit a dentist for your broken tooth, the more likely the dentist is to save it. Try to reinsert the knocked out tooth by rinsing it in water and attempting to replace it in the socket.
If it can’t be reinserted, preserve it in milk until you can visit a dentist; preferably within 30 minutes. The milk will prevent bacteria from growing on the tooth and keep it clean until the dentist can get to it.
If the tooth is completely lost or destroyed, you’ll still need to visit a dentist as soon as possible to get the gum treated. The mouth is full of germs and bacteria that are usually harmless within the mouth, but can create serious problems if they get into the blood stream. See a dentist as soon as you can to get the open gum cleaned and sealed to prevent serious infection.
Extruded teeth are ones that are only partially extracted from the gum. This is typically the result of a trauma, although severe, late-stage infection can also cause teeth to come loose.
If you have a partially extracted tooth, you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. It may be possible to reset the tooth into the gum, or it may be necessary to extract it completely. The longer it’s left extruded, the greater the risk of further infection and tissue loss.
Cracked or Chipped Teeth
A cracked or chipped tooth could carry risk of infection. Exposure of the inner pulp of the tooth can lead to incredibly painful infections that require a root canal to address.
A large piece broken off may require a crown or cap to protect the tooth. Chips and cracks can be filled using fillling material, and temporary restorations can be made using dental composite.
Dental composite is a tooth-coloured material that’s applied as a paste and hardened using a special light. It allows the dentist to restore the look and shape of the tooth without waiting for a lab technician to fabricate a full restoration.
Tooth pain could be a result of various issues, such as cavities, tooth decay, jaw problems, or other problems. When tooth pain is extreme or persistent, it qualifies as a dental emergency—see a dentist as soon as possible.
Severe toothache can often indicate the advanced stages of infections such as gum disease. Root canal may be needed to clear the infection, gum may need to be cut or burned away to remove diseased tissue, and in worst case scenarios, the tooth itself might need to be extracted.
Loss of Dental Crown or Tooth Filling
If you accidentally lose a crown or filling, it’s important to get it fixed as quickly as possible. You don’t necessarily need to run straight to a dentist though, unless there is an exasperating jagged edge bothering your tongue. But, you should see a dentist within a day or two.
The longer a crown or filling is missing, the higher the chance that something can go wrong with the tooth. Cavities and chips can lead to infections within the sensitive inner pulp of the tooth. This is not only very painful, but requires a root canal to treat.
A cracked tooth may be too sensitive to chew on, which will make you put more pressure on the teeth on the opposite side of the mouth. This uneven pressure can lead to those teeth cracking and chipping as well.
Bleeding or Infection
Healthy gums don’t bleed. If there’s bleeding in the mouth, it’s either a result of trauma or infection.
Infections in the mouth can lead to serious and wide-ranging health problems, and need to be treated as early as possible. Untreated gum disease can lead to bone decay, missing teeth, and even increased risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart disease and heart attack.
If you notice swelling, redness, tenderness, or bleeding in the gum, contact a dentist immediately. Treating the problem early will save a great deal of time, money, effort, and pain in the future. It will also prevent more serious complications down the track that can be life-threatening in worst-case scenarios.
Objects Caught in Teeth
Everyone’s had a piece of popcorn kernel stuck between their teeth at some point. While these are mostly just annoyances, other objects stuck between teeth can be major issues. If something is jammed between the teeth and cannot be easily removed with the tongue or tooth pick, you’ll need to see a dentist.
Objects stuck in teeth can put strain on the teeth they’re stuck between. If not removed, it may be possible that the object will cause the tooth to chip or crack. As with most of the other issues on this list, infection is another possibility. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to get the item removed sooner rather than later.
Soft Tissue Injuries
The soft tissues of the mouth include the tongue, cheeks, gum and lips. Injuries to these areas can result in bleeding, and open wounds can lead to infection.
To control the bleeding, rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution. This will sting, but also kill bacteria trying to enter the blood stream.
Use a lightly soaked piece of gauze, or even a tea bag, to apply pressure to the cut. Keep it there for 15-20 minutes.
If you can’t control the bleeding, see your dentist immediately or go to an emergency room. Continue to apply pressure until you can be treated.
An abscess is an infection around the root of the tooth. These can lead to severe tissue damage and other problems if left untreated. They appear as pimple-like structure on the gum that is often very painful. If you notice one, see your dentist to get it treated as soon as possible.
If you have any potentially serious dental issues, call a dentist immediately. Act quickly and schedule an appointment to contact an Emergency Dentists NW Calgary at our North Hill clinic today!