Dental emergencies are an unfortunate interruption. You’re eating something crunchy, and suddenly a tooth cracks or you wake up in the morning with swelling and pain in your jaw. Suddenly, a necessary shift in your routine is required.
If you experience a toothache, lost filling or crown or if you experience pain or discomfort, contact our clinic as soon as possible. We can help.
We’ll treat you quickly, relieve your pain and organise a treatment plan to solve your condition. Of course, if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please go to your local emergency department.
Common Dental Emergencies
What are the most common reasons that people need emergency dental care?
Sudden Tooth Pain – Significant tooth pain with no apparent cause results in many an emergency dental visit. Tooth pain should never be ignored. Many serious conditions can cause tooth pain including:
- Cavities that have penetrated deep into the tooth
- Advanced gum disease
- An abscessed tooth
- Exposed tooth roots
- An impacted tooth
These conditions should be treated promptly to prevent further damage to the tooth or spreading of the infection.
Chipped or Fractured Teeth – Chipped or broken teeth can be caused by sudden trauma to the mouth or by simply biting down on a hard object. Sometimes this happens because you had a cavity and didn’t know it, and the internal structure has been weakened. If possible, keep the chip or piece that broke off of the tooth and bring it with you to your appointment.
Lost Teeth – Whether your tooth was knocked out due to an injury or you lost a tooth for no apparent reason, losing a tooth is a dental emergency. In some cases, we can replace the tooth if we can get to it fast enough, but sometimes a lost tooth will have to be replaced with a dental implant or a bridge.
Our chances of saving the tooth are best if you retrieve the tooth and quickly rinse it with cool water, avoiding the root area. Try to replace the tooth back in the socket, but don’t force it. If the tooth can’t be replaced in the socket, keep it in a glass of milk.
Conditions That May Require a Tooth Extraction
If you have injuries involving your head and neck, it is essential to seek immediate medical treatment. We can address your dental concerns once any life-threatening injuries have been ruled out.
Common conditions requiring dental extraction:
- Wisdom teeth
- Non-restorable fractures
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Unsuccessful root canal therapy
- A tooth broken at the gumline
- Trauma due to an accident
In many cases, we can plan for tooth replacement treatment before beginning your extraction so that we have a plan in place to restore your smile. In cases of overcrowding or wisdom tooth extractions, we will not need to replace missing teeth.
Other Dental Emergencies
Some of the other reasons we would need to see you quickly include:
- A tooth has become dislodged (but not fully knocked out).
- An object is stuck between your teeth that can’t be removed with brushing or dental floss.
- A filling or crown has fallen out.
- You are experiencing a dental abscess (infection).
- You have injured your gums or palate.
Call our surgery to book an appointment for any dental emergency. We welcome new patients on an emergency basis and will help restore your oral health and your smile.