4 Most Common Dental Emergencies
Not every unexpected dental occurrence warrants the categorization of emergency. Dentists in Calgary agree that a chipped tooth and even a fallen out filling or crown while requiring attention sooner rather than later, does not necessitate immediate action. Of course, if you’re ever uncertain, we’d be happy to take your call and advise of the appropriate course of action. However, here are four situations where it’s definitely best to get in to see us at Panatella Dental right away.
- Knocked out tooth. As upsetting as it is painful, a knocked out tooth requires you to have a cool head and a speedy response—within 60 minutes or less to get to a dentist—if you hope to save it. Pick up the tooth by the crown (never the root) and gently rinse it in water. If you can, place it back in the socket and gingerly bite down to help secure it in place. If you can’t, place it in a clean container with milk. You can take acetaminophen (ex. Tylenol) for pain, but should avoid aspirin.
- Loose or displaced teeth. Whether painful or not, displaced teeth require immediate attention to secure them back in place. If you hesitate, your bite may be permanently affected and cause other complications. Dentists in our Calgary clinic can secure them back into position and thereby protect your smile from irreversible damage.
- Cracked or fractured teeth. While a chip may not require immediate care, a crack almost always does. That’s because internal layers of your tooth are likely impacted, thereby making the situation more serious. The faster you can get into a dental chair, the more probable it is that the tooth can be saved.
- Infection. An abscessed tooth is no laughing matter, and can even be life-threatening. The raging pain will be your first clue, with other indications being inflamed gums and swelling in the mouth.
Strategies to Avoid Dental Disasters
Sometimes all that’s needed to avoid a trip to the emergency dentist in Calgary is a little forethought and planning. Not every situation can be prevented, but in many cases the scenarios we see could have been circumnavigated by doing one of the following things.
- Develop and maintain a practice of visiting your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
- Wear a mouth guard while participating in sports activities.
- Avoid chewing on overly hard items, especially ice and non-food substances.
- Seek advice from an experienced dentist in Calgary immediately when you begin to feel uncomfortableness.
Call Us ASAP When You Have an Emergency
The sooner you call us, the sooner we can help. Most days we’re here from early in the morning to late in the evening. We’re even open on Saturdays. Contact us for all your emergency and run-of-the-mill dental needs. Upon calling, one of our emergency dentists will be able to assist you right away!