Dental Emergency? How to Handle It Until You Reach Your Keswick Dentist

April 4, 2024

Dental emergencies can be frightening and painful experiences, particularly when they occur unexpectedly. Whether it’s a broken tooth, a severe toothache, or a lost filling, knowing how to manage the situation until you can get professional help is crucial. In Keswick, Ontario, Cedarwood Dental is your trusted partner in addressing dental emergencies with compassion and expertise. We believe in treating people, not just teeth, and we’re here to provide the personalized, gentle care you and your family deserve. Here’s how to handle common dental emergencies until you can reach us.

When a Toothache Strikes

A toothache can range from mildly annoying to excruciatingly painful and is often a sign of an underlying issue. If you or a family member is experiencing a toothache:

  • Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out.
  • Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth that might be causing the pain.
  • Avoid putting aspirin on the aching tooth or gums, as it can burn the gum tissue.
  • Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek for about 20 minutes to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

Contact Cedarwood Dental as soon as possible. A toothache that is severe or lasts longer than a day or two can be a sign of a more serious problem that needs immediate attention.

Dealing with a Chipped or Broken Tooth

If you have chipped or broken a tooth:

  • Save any pieces of the tooth you can find. Rinse them and your mouth with warm water.
  • Apply gauze to any bleeding areas for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops.
  • Use a cold compress on the cheek or lips over the broken tooth to reduce swelling and relieve pain.

Schedule an appointment with Cedarwood Dental as soon as possible. Bringing the broken pieces of the tooth with you can sometimes help in the repair process.

Knocked-Out Tooth: Time is of the Essence

A knocked-out tooth requires quick action. If handled correctly, there’s a good chance the tooth can be reinserted and preserved by your dentist.

  • Pick up the tooth by the crown (the part that is visible in the mouth), not the root. Touching the root can damage the cells necessary for bone reattachment.
  • If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it with water. Do not use soap or chemicals, and do not scrub or dry the tooth.
  • Try to reinsert the tooth into the socket if possible. If not, keep the tooth moist by placing it in milk or in your mouth next to your cheek.
  • Get to Cedarwood Dental immediately. Time is critical for saving a knocked-out tooth, ideally within 1 hour of the accident.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

If you have something caught between your teeth:

  • Try gently removing the object with dental floss. Be careful not to cut your gums.
  • Do not use a sharp or pointed instrument to poke at the object. This can cause more harm to your teeth or gums.

If you can’t remove the object, call Cedarwood Dental for an appointment. We can safely remove it and check for any underlying damage.

Lost Filling or Crown

For a lost filling or crown:

  • Keep the crown or filling if you find it. Sometimes it can be reattached.
  • Use dental cement available at most pharmacies to protect the tooth or reattach the crown temporarily. Do not use super glue or other adhesives.
  • Chew on the opposite side of your mouth to avoid causing more damage.

Contact Cedarwood Dental as soon as you can. We can provide a permanent solution to prevent further damage or infection.

Severe Bleeding After a Tooth Extraction

Bleeding after an extraction is normal, but if it becomes severe or doesn’t stop:

  • Bite on a gauze pad firmly for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, use a new gauze pad and repeat.
  • Avoid rinsing, spitting, or sucking actions for 24 hours after the extraction.
  • Elevate your head when lying down.

If bleeding does not subside, contact Cedarwood Dental for further instructions or care.

Cedarwood Dental: Here for Keswick’s Dental Emergencies

At Cedarwood Dental, we understand how stressful dental emergencies can be. That’s why we’re committed to providing the immediate care you need to relieve pain and address the problem. Our team is equipped to handle a wide range of dental emergencies with the gentle, personalized approach that our patients deserve.

Your comfort and oral health are our top priority. Remember, in the event of a dental emergency, acting quickly and calmly is key to achieving the best outcome

possible. Follow the guidelines provided for specific situations and reach out to us at Cedarwood Dental as soon as you can. We are dedicated to ensuring that you receive prompt and effective treatment to alleviate your discomfort and address the emergency at hand.

Emergency Appointments and Support

We understand that dental emergencies don’t always happen during regular office hours. That’s why we strive to accommodate emergency appointments as quickly as possible. Our team is here to offer support and advice over the phone, guiding you on immediate steps to take until you can reach our office. At Cedarwood Dental, we do everything in our power to treat your dental emergencies with urgency and care.

Your Trusted Partner in Dental Care

Remember, many dental emergencies can be prevented with regular check-ups and proper oral hygiene. Cedarwood Dental offers comprehensive dental care services designed to maintain your oral health and prevent unforeseen issues. From routine cleanings to preventive care and education, we are here to support your family’s dental health journey every step of the way.

However, should you find yourself facing a dental emergency, rest assured that you are not alone. Cedarwood Dental is your trusted partner in emergency dental care, equipped to handle the unexpected with expertise and compassion. We treat every patient with the personalized attention they deserve, ensuring that your visit is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Reach Out to Cedarwood Dental Today

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or if you have any concerns about your oral health, do not hesitate to contact us. Cedarwood Dental is here to provide you with the care you need, when you need it most. Schedule an appointment today, and let us take the first step together towards resolving your dental emergency and restoring your peace of mind.At Cedarwood Dental, your comfort and oral health are our number one priority. We are not just treating teeth; we are treating people. Our entire team is committed to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve. Your teeth and our passion are the perfect match for ensuring your dental health is in the best hands. Contact us today to experience the difference Cedarwood Dental can make for you and your family.

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