When it comes to your oral care everything might seem like an emergency, and although there can be a lot of discomfort involved with various kinds of toothaches, there are some concerns that should be addressed right away and others you can alleviate until an appointment can be secured with a dental professional.
Prevent Expensive Dental Treatments
Holding off on a dull toothache might create a more costly treatment down the road, so although a sore or sensitive tooth may not qualify for an emergency dentist appointment, it does qualify to be seen by a dentist as quickly as possible to get to the “root” of the problem.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
That being said, if you chip or break a tooth, this would qualify as an emergency as there is often nerve discomfort involved with such oral trauma, along with other risk factors. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply gauze to the area if it happens to be bleeding, and take ibuprofen for the discomfort if need be, until which time you can get into one of our DentistsRUs offices for your emergency dental service in the Lower Mainland.
Knocked Out Tooth
If you have had your tooth knocked out due to a sports injury or any other factor, retrieve the tooth and try to put it back in place and hold it there until you can see a dentist. If this is too uncomfortable or difficult for a child, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or water with a pinch of table salt if milk is unavailable) and bring the tooth with you into the dentist immediately to be addressed. A tooth that has been knocked out can often be saved if it is returned to the socket within an hour of injury, so acting promptly is paramount to keeping your natural tooth. Note: a partially dislodged tooth should also be seen by a dentist right away too.
A lost filling should be seen by a dentist within a day or two if possible, and a piece of sugarless gum can be stuck into the cavity space until which time you see a dentist.
A lost crown is also considered a dental emergency as your tooth can begin causing you pain often immediately. In which case use clove oil for the sensitive area, dabbing on with a Q-Tip.
An abscessed tooth involves an infection that is beneath your gums at the root, and is a serious matter that can spread if left untreated. See your dentist if you notice an odd smell, a white patch or puss coming from any given area on your gums
At DentistsRUs, we can provide you with emergency dental services across the local Lower Mainland. So if you find yourself with a dental emergency – we can help!
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