Having a Dental Emergency? Follow These 5 Tips!

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Dental emergencies can happen to anyone at any time. When an emergency arises, you need to see a professional as quickly as possible. In order to make sure you do receive the help needed in a timely manner, it pays to follow a few basic steps. Put these to good use and it will be easier to remain calm and know what to do next.

Know the Difference Between an Urgent Emergency and a Non-Urgent One

Dental emergencies fall into two basic categories. There are those that need immediate attention. Emergencies of this type are classed as urgent. When it could be possible to take a few measures at home and see a professional in a few hours or the next day, it’s often considered to be a non-urgent emergency.

Examples of urgent dental emergencies include a tooth that is knocked loose or is out altogether, bleeding in one more areas along the gums, and swelling that is causing a great deal of pain. If you sustain some sort of injury to the jaw, that also needs to be examined at once. A toothache that you can’t seem to calm with the typical home remedies is also considered to be an urgent emergency.

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Non-urgent situations would involve a filling that has fallen out, a cracked tooth that is not causing much pain, or a dull toothache that you can calm somewhat using mouth rinses or by applying cold to the cheek. While you do want to seek help as soon as possible, these types of emergencies can often wait until the next business day.

Decide Who to Call

When deciding who to call, a good rule of thumb is to contact your local dental clinic in Markham with any issue that seems to be non-urgent. When you call, explain what is happening to the dental team. Depending on the nature and severity of the non-urgent emergency, you may be scheduled to see the dentist as the first appointment on the following business day. There is also a chance that the dentist will meet you at the clinic and see you in the next few hours.

Urgent emergencies call for immediate attention. Many hospital emergency rooms are equipped to deal with these types of dental problems. Your best bet is to proceed directly to the emergency room and seek treatment. After the immediate issue is addressed, you may be instructed to contact your dentist and arrange follow-up treatment as soon as possible.

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If you are not sure who to call, start with your dentist. Explain what is happening and provide answers to any questions the dentist has. That will make it easier to determine if you should go to the emergency room or if the clinic can work you in and take care of the problem.

Save the Damaged Tooth

Some emergencies involve teeth that are knocked out. Instead of assuming the tooth cannot be saved, the emergency dentist will recommend that you place it in some type of fluid and get to the clinic or emergency room as quickly as possible. One tip that many dentists provide in this scenario is immersing the tooth in milk and bringing it along for the treatment. The milk helps to keep the tooth viable for a longer period of time and increases the odds that it can be placed back into the socket successfully.

Deal With Any Swelling

Swelling in any case needs to be kept to a minimum. Place an ice pack directly on the cheek. If no ice pack is available, a frozen bag of vegetables will serve the purpose. Keep the cold on the mouth while you are on the way to receive treatment.

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Use Hydrogen Peroxide

Being the best dentist in Markham, the professional will be concerned about bacteria. You can use a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water to swish around in your mouth and ease the irritation. Remember to not swallow the mixture. Bring along some extra so you can swish your mouth another time or two before arriving for treatment.

Remember that many dental emergencies look worse than they are and that the treatment will be less complicated than you fear. The key is to keep a cool head, contact a professional, and follow the instructions to the letter. Doing so increases the odds that all will be well shortly.

Andrea Galick

Andrea Galick is an accomplished Dental Hygienist (RDH) with a passion for helping patients achieve optimal oral health. Andrea has built a reputation as a caring and skilled practitioner who puts her patients at ease and provides individualized care that meets their unique needs.

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