Dental Emergency Calgary NE
Providing dental emergency relief for the the communities of Skyview, Skypointe, Country Hills, Redstone, Cityscape, Cornerstone & Cornerbrook
Are you dealing with a dental emergency in Calgary NE?
If a tooth is broken or cracked, see an emergency dentist immediately (within 1 hour of injury). Teeth re-implanted within one hour of the accident frequently reattach to their teeth sockets.
What do I need to do in a dental emergency?
- Be very careful handling the tooth. Only touch the crown (chewing surface) of your tooth.
- If the tooth completely came out, gently rinse it in clean water or milk and place back (re-implanted) into the socket from where it came. This can be done by the patient or parent and then checked by the dentist.
- If the tooth cannot be placed back in the socket, rinse the tooth with cold water for less than 10 seconds, and put it in milk. Do not place it in water.
- Keep gentle pressure with a gauze on the bleeding areas until the bleeding stops.
- Apply a cold pack on the cheek of the affected area to reduce swelling. An over-the-counter pain reliever can be taken as well.
Emergency dental treatment Calgary NE
Dealing with a broken tooth? Teeth that are chipped, cracked or broken can often be restored to a good appearance and function with a filling. Depending on the severity of trauma to the tooth pulp and nerves, root treatments or crowning may be required.
Surrounding teeth may also be affected, requiring a thorough exam of the whole mouth. Extraction occurs in treating more extreme cases, like split teeth. Immediate treatment by an emergency dentist is of utmost importance in successful re-implantation when a tooth has been knocked out or dislodged.
What is considered a dental emergency?
There are many situations that can be considered a dental emergency. First of all, if you’re experiencing any kind of tooth pain, this is not to be taken lightly and your body is clearly calling for your attention. These early signals should be listened to carefully before your pain intensifies into something worse.
On the flip side, life has a funny way of throwing us curveballs that can cause totally random, unexpected and dangerous dental emergencies. The following list reflects dental emergencies recognized by the Canadian Dental Association.
Types of dental emergencies:
Pain in or around a tooth can be indicative of many dental complications such as:
- Wisdom tooth eruption
- Gum irritation or disease
- Grinding and clenching
- Oral cancer
And many other potentially dangerous causes. Left untreated, all of the above can induce excruciating pain that can be simply unbearable and needs to be addressed ASAP for the sake of your health and wellbeing.
To tame the pain, we suggest taking an over-the-counter pain medicine like Advil and applying an ice pack to the area. Avoid placing any heat on the area. This can only make things worse for you.
Chipped or broken tooth
This is widely considered the most common and most fixable of dental emergencies. Depending on the extent of damage, you may need either:
- A white filling
- A root canal
- A dental veneer or crown
Knocked out tooth
Whether you’re an athlete, had a freak accident fall walking your dog, tripped going up or down the stairs, a tooth can be knocked right out of its socket from a rough blow to the face.
If this happens to an adult tooth, act FAST. You can:
- Try to place it back into its socket — only if possible and if the tooth looks clean. Do not force it in and do not risk swallowing it.
- Place in cold milk and see your dentist immediately.
- Then head to your emergency dentist as quickly as possible.
Badly bitten lip or tongue
Have you ever dived into the shallow part of a pool by accident? That is the kind of scenario where something like this could happen. If bleeding occurs, compress a clean cloth on top of the source of the blood and use ice to help minimize the swelling. Call your emergency dentist right away.
Severe lodging between teeth
We’ve all had the shock of discovering a giant piece of lettuce or some kind of food taking up real estate in our smile for a whole afternoon and for the world to see. Sometimes, this can be far more serious, stressful and painful.
If you have something wedged too tightly in between or in one of your teeth, it needs to be dealt with. Do NOT try to scratch or poke it out with anything sharp and invasive. This could cause even more damage to your teeth and gums.
Teeth grinding, eating really hard foods or a total fluke can lead to a filling falling out. Make sure to get this taken care of right away as an infection can develop. The CDA suggests putting sugarless gum in the space where the filling was to protect your tooth on the way to your emergency appointment.
How do I know if my toothache is serious?
Toothache symptoms may include:
- Sharp, throbbing, or constant pain
- Pain when pressure is applied to the tooth
- Swelling around the tooth
- Fever or headache
- Sinus pressure
- Earaches and neck pain
- Foul-tasting seepage from the infected tooth
In some of these cases, a toothache is a dental emergency. A dental infection can become dangerous if left untreated due to bacteria from the infection spread to other parts of the face, the skull, and eventually the bloodstream. If your pain lasts for 1-2 days, causes severe pain, or is accompanied by an earache, fever, or pain when opening your mouth wide, see us as soon as possible.
What is the main cause of a toothache?
Causes of toothaches come from a variety of factors, including cracked or broken teeth, cavities, gum disease, exposed roots, sinus problems and jaw joint disease. The most plausible reasons are neglect of the teeth, bad eating, and drinking habits.
No matter the cause, we hold no judgment. We will be prompt in helping you feel comfortable again and getting your oral health back on track.
Treatment for a broken tooth in Calgary NE
Some teeth chips and cracks might only need fillings function normally again. More serious teeth injuries, like fractures and splitting, may need root canals.
Teeth that are cracked all the way to the root may need both a root canal and a crown to restore function.
Can you use superglue on your teeth?
One of the most common products used to try and fix a broken tooth (or re-cement a crown that’s come off) is superglue. Never use superglue in a dental emergency because:
It can cause more damage
Superglue is not made to adhere to living tissues whereas dental cement is. Placing glue on a tooth will basically suffocate it, cutting off nerve, blood, and nutrient supply to the tooth. This can cause the nerve will die, requiring root canal treatment or extraction.
It’s not a medical-grade material
Non-medical grade materials aren’t sterile, which means you can introduce bacteria into the tooth. The bacteria will attack the tooth and the nerve, leading to a dental infection – another issue that can lead to either root canal treatment or an extraction.
Always contact your emergency dentist for support and guidance on how to properly help fix and heal damaged teeth.
How to care for oral infections, swelling, and bleeding gums?
As with all infections, an oral infection should be treated as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of complications. Salt water mouth rinses can ease the pain while waiting to see the dentist.
We will pinpoint the cause of the infection and treat accordingly, bringing back desired comfort and health.
Preventing dental infections
To help prevent infections from occurring in your mouth, we recommend regular twice-a-year visits for up-to-date exams, dental cleanings, and x-rays. A good oral hygiene habit is the first primary and essential step in preventing infections.
When children are taught from early on to create these habits, it helps them keep healthy mouths and teeth.
- Brush teeth thoroughly at least twice a day or after meals
- Floss teeth at least once a day
- Don’t over brush
- Don’t use teeth to open packaging or break a string, for example, to avoid teeth cracks, chips, or breaks
- Have dental cleanings and checkups at least twice a year
Watch for any signs of infection after receiving dental work
Do you need an emergency dentist in Calgary NE?
We understand that dental and oral health affect a person’s overall wellbeing. As an emergency dental clinic, we ensure that our patients are comfortable and calm. With multiple sedation options available, we can ease the pain and traumatic experience while fixing the tooth.
Monday: 12:00 – 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 – 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 - 5:00 pm