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A dental emergency can be nerve-wracking due to the fact that it can happen at any time. However, if you fail to address a dental problem, it can increase the chance of permanent damage and the need for more extensive and costly treatment in the future.
At Alba Dental Centre, our London dentists provide emergency dental care to address any issues on short notice. Being prepared to take action is the best way to minimize the complications of a dental emergency, even before you reach our office. Explore our friendly guide to learn more about what to do in the case of a dental emergency.
What Is A Dental Emergency?
If you have issues with your teeth or oral health that requires immediate treatment, they’re considered dental emergencies. At Alba Dental Centre, our emergency services can treat a variety of issues that can occur. Common problems our dentist can treat include:
- Broken or cracked tooth/teeth
- Broken jaw
- Permanent tooth loss
- Severe toothache
- Object caught between teeth
Untreated dental emergencies can lead to further complications if not immediately addressed by our dentists. Call our London office at (517) 777-2020 to schedule an appointment on the same day, so our dentists can treat your problem as soon as possible.
Broken or Cracked Teeth
If your teeth are broken or cracked, try to save any pieces of your tooth and call our office as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we recommend doing the following:
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water and rinse any broken pieces
- If bleeding occurs, apply gauze to the area and bite down for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops.
- Apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken tooth to keep the swelling away and relieve any pain.
If your jaw breaks, it’s a severe dental issue. Your London dentist recommends following the guidelines below to prevent further damage and reduce pain:
- Apply a cold compress to reduce pain and swelling.
- Go to the nearest emergency room for immediate attention and treatment.
- Contact our London dentist at (517) 777-2020 if there’s damage to any of your teeth during the incident. This helps our dentist determine the best effective replacements as soon as possible.
Adult teeth are strong, but they aren’t indestructible. If dental trauma occurs, immediately call our office to schedule your emergency appointment. If your teeth are knocked out, they have the highest chance of being saved within one hour. In the meantime, follow these steps:
- Immediately rinse your tooth of any food particles or debris that clings to the enamel using cold water. Be careful not to remove any natural tissue.
- If possible, carefully place your tooth within the socket.
- Keep your tooth wet by placing it back in the socket. If placing the tooth into the socket isn’t possible, get a bag or cup of milk or water to keep your tooth wet and safe.
- Go to the nearest emergency room if our office isn’t open. The medical professionals will be able to help you maintain your tooth and heal any oral injuries you may have until you see our London specialists.
A toothache happens for a lot of reasons. It may be from dental trauma, infection, trapped food, or other obstructions between the teeth causing the irritation. If you’re experiencing a severe toothache, our dentists recommend the following:
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly and floss around the tooth.
- Don’t place aspirin on any of your gum tissue. This can cause pain and even chemical burns.
- Contact our London office at (517) 777-2020 to schedule an appointment if you have completed these steps but the pain and discomfort persist.
Object Caught In Between Your Teeth
If there’s an object lodged between your teeth, follow these guidelines to safely remove the obstruction:
- Never attempt to remove an obstruction between your teeth with something sharp like scissors or a knife, as this can cause serious injury.
- Use floss, specifically waxed floss, to gently work the obstruction out. Waxed floss is recommended if the gaps between your teeth are small since it’ll less likely to get stuck. If the gaps are large enough, use unwaxed floss.
- If you’re still struggling with the obstruction stuck in between your teeth, contact our London office at (517) 777-2020 to schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What isn’t considered a dental emergency?
Knowing the difference between a dental emergency and a non-emergency situation is important to reduce panic. You’ll know when it’s necessary to come in for same-day urgent care and when it’s safe to wait for an appointment. These are considered non-emergency situations:
- Routine dental visits and cleanings
- Regular visits to check and adjust braces
- Removal of teeth or cavities that aren’t painful
- Teeth whitening sessions
Our London dentists and dental team will work with you to address your dental needs in a timely manner. We’ll also notify you if you require a follow-up visit after undergoing a dental procedure to check the condition of your oral health.
How do I know if I need emergency dental care?
A dental emergency can come unexpectedly at any time of the day or night. If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you’re in need of emergency dental care:
- Sudden pain
- Lasting discomfort
- Loss of vital structures such as teeth
What do I do when I’m experiencing a dental emergency?
If you experience a dental emergency, be sure to call our London dental practice at (517) 777-2020 as soon as possible. If you need immediate attention after hours, call our emergency phone number and our on-call staff member will help you. If you are unable to reach our office during an emergency, dial 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
We’re here to help you, any time, any day. When your dental health is at risk, we’ll do everything we can to make sure that you're treated as soon as possible.
Need Dental Urgent Care? Call Alba Dental Centre!
A dental emergency can happen to anyone, especially when it’s unexpected. At Alba Dental Centre, your comfort, smile, and oral health are important. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call our London office at (517) 777-2020 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
You can also fill out our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly. Our dentists proudly offer their expertise in emergency dentistry to patients in London, ON as well as the surrounding areas including Strathroy, St. Thomas, and Ingersoll, ON. Rest assured that we’ll do everything we can to save your oral health and protect your smile.