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When you require urgent professional attention, you want a local dental team (Bloor West Village, Etobicoke, West Toronto) with plenty of emergency experience. Rest assured that you can reach our understanding staff anytime dental problems arise. You will always be able to speak to someone who cares about and understands what you are experiencing.
Whatever your dental emergency is, call us now: 416-766-2853
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For emergencies or urgent care, appointments are best made by calling the office (preferably in the morning) or coming in person. Let us know how quickly you can arrive, so that we can plan for your needs. For after-hours assistance, our answering machine will give you further directions. Don’t wait, call your family dentist immediately.
Types of Dental Emergencies
What to Do When You Have a Toothache
If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. Call us straight away for emergency care.
When possible, save any pieces that you can find. Rinse your mouth with warm water; including any broken pieces. If you’re bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area 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/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain until you can arrive at our office.
Help for Your Knocked-out Tooth
After you retrieve your tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth), and rinse off the tooth root only if it's visibly dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to put the tooth temporarily back in place before seeing us. Make sure it's facing the right way and never force it into the socket. Your tooth being surrounded by natural tissues helps improve the chance of saving it.
For your best chances of saving a knocked-out tooth, place it back into the socket within 1 hour of it being knocked out. If it's not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available) and bring it to our practice. In all cases, seek dental care immediately!
As a temporary measure, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) and then call the dentist for directions on what to do next. Do not attempt to fix the tooth yourself. For crowns, store your restoration in a zip-top bag and bring it with you to your appointment.
Broken orthodontic brackets or wires
If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket or band and is poking your cheek, tongue or gum, try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a more comfortable position. If you can't reposition the wire, cover the end with orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball, or piece of gauze until you can get to our office. Never cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or breathing it into your lungs.
Loose brackets and bands
Temporarily re-attach loose braces with a small piece of orthodontic wax. Alternatively, place wax over the braces to provide a cushion. If the problem is a loose band, save it and call us immediately to have it re-cemented or replaced.
Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated. Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abscess, see us immediately, especially if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum that usually is painful. In the meantime, to ease the pain, rinse your mouth with a mild salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day. Apply ice to the swollen area right away.
Bleeding or pain after extractions
Slight bleeding after an extraction is normal. Clots usually form within one hour if you follow your dentist's post-op instructions. Place a thick gauze pad over the extraction site and apply pressure by biting on the gauze. Wet a tea bag and place it on the extraction site and bite on it. Avoid rinsing, drinking or eating for at least one hour following the extraction. After 24 hours rinse the area with warm salt water (1/2 tsp. salt in 8 oz of water) after eating to keep the site clean. Avoid sucking, spitting, and smoking.