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How to Deal With a Dental Emergency at Home

When a dental emergency happens at home, what do you do? You might be scared and in pain. The best thing to do is to call our Burnaby dentist’s office immediately and see a dentist as soon as possible. 

Your dentist can treat dental emergencies.

A dental emergency at home can feel frightening and cause a lot of discomfort, whether you have a painful toothache or have been hurt while playing sports or engaging in other physical activity. You should contact our Burnaby dentists to make an appointment so they can see you as soon as possible.

Your dentist will be able to assess your situation and decide on a treatment plan.

If you’re unable to get to the dentist right away (within the hour), there are a few things you can do at home in the meantime. Here is some advice about what to do about common dental emergencies.

How To Manage Common Dental Emergencies

The following are some typical dental emergencies that Northgate Dental Centre encounters frequently, along with solutions you can use at home to lessen pain until you can visit our office.

Damaged Tooth

Is your tooth broken or chipped? Your dentist might be able to reattach the damaged area. If at all possible, track it down and bring it with you to your dental appointment. In the event that you can't find it, your dentist probably has a filling or crown that can serve as a replacement.

Severe Toothache

Severe pain in your teeth can cause severe discomfort; you may feel throbbing or sharp pain. This could be caused by an infection in the root of your tooth, among other things.

Before visiting the dentist, you can try some at-home treatments for an aching tooth, such as placing an ice pack on the affected area. The use of over-the-counter painkillers can also help to lessen pain. Your dentist might need to perform a root canal if the tooth is seriously infected.

Knocked Out Tooth

If one of your teeth has been knocked out, try to locate it and rinse it off with water (not soap or harsh chemicals as this can damage the tooth).

Bite down gently but firmly (and cautiously) to keep it in place as you replace it in the tooth socket. If you are unable to put the tooth back in its socket, keep it moist by holding it against your cheek in your mouth, putting it in a glass of milk, or rinsing it with saliva until you can visit the dentist.

If you are unable to locate the tooth, your dentist can offer options for tooth replacement such as a dental implant or crown.

Damaged Crown or Filling

Crowns or fillings can be lost or damaged, just like teeth. Try to find the missing tooth if at all possible, rinse it, and then replace it. Bring it to your urgent appointment if you can't place it.

If you cannot locate your crown or filling, your dentist will likely be able to provide a replacement.

Are you experiencing a dental emergency? Contact our Burnaby dentists right away to schedule an appointment. We will get you in as soon as possible.

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