Although easier said than done, rule #1 when it comes to any dental pain is don’t panic. Nobody has ever turned around and said, “Whew. That would have worked out so much better if we had just panicked.” Rule #2 is to take a deep breath and take some over the counter (OTC) painkillers if necessary. Call to schedule an appointment for emergency dental services with Dr. Bains and her team of professionals at Lewis Estates Dental Centre. In the meantime, here are some strategies for managing emergency dental care while you’re waiting to see her.
Don’t Ignore Your Symptoms
“Childhood & adult dental emergencies can happen when we least expect them,” explains Dr. Pushpinder Bains, principal dentist and owner of Lewis Estates Dental Centre. “Ignoring minor dental problems or symptoms can actually result in painful or severe dental concerns, requiring urgent dental care. This can turn a minor problem major problem – and majorly expensive one.
“Any injury or trauma to your teeth or gums can be potentially serious. It’s definitely not something to be ignored until it becomes urgent.”
Not sure how to deal with your dental emergency? Below is a list of common dental emergencies and how to properly care for them while you wait to visit the team at Lewis Estates Dental Centre.
Toothache or abscess
Toothaches can eventually become abscesses if not appropriately addressed. Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. It’s a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, and can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. Consider thoroughly rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water solution or apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek to help manage symptoms until you can be seen. Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Tylenol, or Ibuprofen, can also help ease any immediate discomfort. To prevent pain from becoming unbearable, seek attention immediately. Contact us as soon as possible. Our team can help address the problem and best course of action when you visit us for an assessment.
Chipped or broken teeth
There is nothing worse than enjoying your favourite sport and ending up with a chipped tooth! Save any pieces of your tooth and rinse both your mouth and the pieces with warm water. Apply pressure with a bit of gauze to the affected area for approximately 10 minutes to stop any bleeding. Keep any swelling down and help relieve pain with a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken or chipped teeth. Contact us as soon as possible. Broken teeth should never be ignored.
If you happen to have a tooth knocked out, retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown, and, if it’s dirty, rinse off the tooth root with water. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, put the tooth back in place, but make sure it’s facing the right way. Don’t force it into the socket if you are unable to reinsert the tooth. Instead, place it in a small container of milk, or a cup of water with a pinch of table salt will also work if you don’t have any milk. Contact us as soon as possible and bring the tooth with you. Seeing our team within an hour of the injury gives you a higher chance of replacing it back in its socket.
Extruded or partially dislodged tooth
Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip to help keep any swelling down and relieve pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Tylenol, or Ibuprofen, can also help ease any immediate discomfort. Our team can help with the pain and prescribe a course of antibiotics when you visit us for an assessment.
Lost filling or lost crown
Call or email us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If the filling or crown fell out, make sure to bring to the clinic with you. If you are in immediate pain, an over the counter pain reliever may be beneficial. If possible, coat the inner surface with over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, and slip the crown back over the tooth. This will help hold it in place until you are seen.
These types of injuries affect the gums, tongue, cheeks, and lips, and result in bleeding. First, rinse your mouth with a warm salt-water solution, and then use a moistened piece of gauze or wet tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold this in place for 15 to 20 minutes. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek to both control bleeding and relieve pain, and keep it there for five to 10 minutes. Call or email us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible, or go to a hospital emergency room bleeding cannot be controlled with direct pressure.
Get Some Sleep Tonight
Nobody wants to be woken up in the middle of the night from a dental emergency. Try the strategies listed above and schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible if your mouth is in any discomfort. Then try and get some sleep tonight knowing we will take care of your dental needs as a patient at Lewis Estates Dental Centre, even if you are not an existing patient. You will have access to our after-hours emergency dental services, and, if necessary, also direct access to Dr. Bains in the event of an after-hours emergency dental care.
Did you know that most dental insurance plans reset at the end of December, and don’t roll over into the new year? You might even be able to take advantage of both the current cycle and the upcoming one to address your urgent needs. See our patient information page for FAQs, patient forms, and resources.
Take a Deep Breath
So, if you need immediate dental care, just remember rule #1 and take a deep breath. We don’t just fix teeth at Lewis Estates Dental Centre. We build relationships with our patients and our communities. We stand behind our high standards of providing a broad range of clinical services and helping you feel relaxed and comfortable. Our focus for the last 16 years has been on making a difference in our community and will continue even more as we grow in the Lewis Estates community and the West Edmonton area.
Don’t leave your dental pain untreated. Call or email us to schedule an appointment today. Let us help alleviate your dental discomforts and reduce the risk of permanent damage. We aim to keep you smiling for many years to come.