At Portway Dental Centre, we understand that accidents happen when you least expect and that the pain caused by a dental accident can cause significant discomfort. You know that fitting a trip to the dentist office may be problematic to your schedule, but in certain cases, dental problems might require an emergency visit right away.
Here you can find a list of common dental emergencies and the steps to take in the hours following the issue:
*Please note that during all dental emergencies, do not chew, eat, or apply muscular pressure until the origin of pain is found.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
Thoroughly rinse your mouth out with water and gently clean the bitten area with a sterile cotton cloth. To combat any swelling, apply a cold compress to the surface of the area. If there is bleeding and it does not stop after half an hour, seek medical attention either at the hospital or call us for instructions.
Gently floss the aching area and gurgle warm salt water. An oral pain killer might help, but do not apply any pain killer directly to the aching tooth as it can damage tissue. If the pain worsens, come see us immediately.
Cracked or Broken Tooth
Gurgle warm water in your mouth to clean the debris of the cracked or broken tooth. Swelling can be kept to a minimum with a cool pressure. Visit us as soon as possible. If any bleeding occurs, use a piece of gauze pad to apply direct pressure for ten minutes or until the bleeding stops. In some cases, temporary over-the-counter tooth cement can be used to keep the cracked or broken tooth in place.
Tooth Knocked Out of Place
If you have knocked your tooth out of place, please visit our office as soon as possible. You can rinse the tooth with running water while holding the white crown. Do NOT touch the root! If you can, place the tooth back in its socket for the duration of your trip to the dentist. It’s important to keep the tooth wet, so if swelling prevents you from placing the tooth back in its socket, hold the tooth in your mouth or immerse it in milk or saliva.
For a broken jaw, apply a cold compress and visit our office as soon as possible.
Portway Dental Centre is open every day of the week. If you have a dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact our office immediately. We will do our best to accommodate you into our schedule.