Emergency Dentistry in Sudbury
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency can be defined as a dental problem that requires immediate attention.
Severe pain or the injury; such as a loss of a tooth, a large piece of the tooth is missing, or there is a large fracture in the tooth, it is considered a dental emergency and should be treated as fast as possible. Additionally, an infection should be addressed immediately as it could lead to other health issues.
Dental emergencies include:
Broken tooth: cracked, chipped, fractured
Filling, crown or bridge has fallen out or is damaged
Swelling of gums
When is it not a dental emergency?
Some cracks and chips can wait for a visit to the dentist during regular office hours. When calling the office, explain the symptoms, and they will be able to help determine whether you need to be seen directly. Be sure to ask how to keep the tooth safe in the meantime, such as avoiding hard foods as to not further damage the tooth.
How to determine if it is a dental emergency
Questions to ask if you aren't sure it constitutes an emergency:
Are you bleeding, and it is hard to stop it?
Are you swollen?
Are you in severe pain? (Does it hurt to touch the area?)
Did you lose a tooth?
Are you afraid the tooth may fall out?
What to do when you have a dental emergency
If you think you have a dental emergency, you should call the office and schedule an appointment. Even if what you are experiencing does not need to be quickly addressed, you should see the dentist as soon as possible to ensure you save your tooth and do not experience further pain or worry.
At Sudbury Smiles Dentistry, we set aside time in each day to work around dental emergencies. Please give us a call before you head to the ER as we may be able to help you that day.
We also see new patients as emergencies and will see you whether you have a regular dental provider or not. Additionally, if you do not have a regular dentist, you can book an emergency new patient appointment with us.
Tips to save your tooth before you get to the dentist for your dental emergency:
The faster you see the dentist, the higher the chances are of rescuing the tooth.
If you have lost a tooth, it may be saved. Be sure to:
Keep the tooth as clean as possible
Hold it by the top to avoid contaminating the root (part under the gums)
Gently rinse the tooth if it is dirty - do not scrub it
Store the tooth either back in the mouth - in the socket packed with some gauze or a tea bag. Be sure to gently bite down to keep the tooth in place and avoid chances of swallowing it. Or if this is not possible, keeping it in a glass of milk or saliva will also work
Cracks and & Fractures
It is critical to be as gentle as possible with a cracked or fractured tooth as to not make it worse.
To care for the tooth before the appointment:
Gently rinse your mouth
Pack the area around the tooth with some gauze or a tea bag
Gently bite down to keep the tooth in place
Managing pain before seeing the dentist
Place an ice pack on the area
If needed, take Ibuprofen, not aspirin (because of blood thinning and chances of bleeding
Do you have an emergency?