How to Handle a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies, by their nature, happen when you least expect them. There are a few different types of dental emergencies, with some being more urgent than others. At Southbrook Dental Group, a dental clinic in south Edmonton, we regularly see patients who require emergency dental care in Ellerslie and the surrounding area. Here are some basic guidelines for how to handle different types of dental emergencies.

Tooth or Gum Pain 

Tooth or gum pain always calls for a visit to a clinic providing general dentistry services in Ellerslie. If the pain is mild and not causing you too much discomfort, then you can schedule an appointment for later in the week. However, you should see a dentist as soon as possible if you are experiencing severe pain and discomfort or if you have any facial swelling, as these can be signs of a serious infection. An abscess - a painful, swollen bump on the gums - also requires immediate attention.

Chipped or Broken Tooth
Chipped or broken teeth can often be successfully repaired at an emergency dental clinic in Ellerslie. If you can, save any pieces of the tooth that were chipped off. Give your mouth a rinse and, if there is any bleeding, apply some gauze to the area. A cold compress and over-the-counter painkillers can be used to manage any pain. It is best to see a dentist as soon as possible, as a broken tooth is more susceptible to bacteria.

Knocked-Out Tooth
A knocked-out or partially dislodged tooth is one of the most serious dental emergencies. Your best chance at a successful re-implantation is to see an emergency dentist as quickly as you can. First, find the knocked-out tooth and make sure to pick it up only by the crown. Give it a gentle rinse and, if possible, reinsert the tooth back in its socket. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, then carry it in a cup of milk or a salt solution on your way to the dentist.

Lost Filling or Crown
If you lose a filling or a crown, then it's best to get yourself to a dental clinic in south Edmonton as quickly as possible to prevent infection. If you can't get to a dentist right away by you do have access to a drug store, then pick up some clove oil to apply to the area for the pain and some dental cement to temporarily fill the tooth. It's a good idea to keep these items on-hand in your first aid kit.

Emergency Dental Care in Ellerslie
A dental emergency can be a frightening experience, but there's no need to panic. You can count on the south Edmonton dental clinic of Southbrook Dental Group to provide you with prompt, same-day emergency dental care in Ellerslie. We are open six days a week and we will always make sure that patients suffering from a dental emergency are seen as soon as possible.

Don't hesitate to contact us in the event of a dental emergency, or to inquire about any of our general dentistry services in Ellerslie.

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