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Dental Emergencies

What to do in a dental emergency?

In the event of a dental emergency, it's important to take prompt action to alleviate pain and prevent further damage. Here are some steps to follow:

  1. Contact Your Dentist:

    • Call your dentist as soon as possible to explain the situation and schedule an emergency appointment. Many dental offices have a designated emergency line or can provide guidance on what to do. Please call us at 416-482-7000

  2. Pain Management:

    • If you're experiencing severe pain, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, following the recommended dosage. Avoid placing aspirin directly on the affected area, as it can cause burns.

  3. Toothache:

    • Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area.

    • Use dental floss to gently remove any trapped debris between teeth.

    • Avoid placing aspirin or any other medication directly on the gum tissues, as it can be irritating.

  4. Chipped or Broken Tooth:

    • Save any broken tooth fragments if possible.

    • Rinse your mouth with warm water.

    • Apply a cold compress to the affected area to minimize swelling.

  5. Knocked-Out Tooth:

    • Hold the tooth by the crown (top) and avoid touching the root.

    • If possible, gently place the tooth back into its socket.

    • If reinsertion isn't possible, keep the tooth in milk or saliva and seek dental care immediately.

  6. Lost Crown or Filling:

    • If a crown falls off, clean it and try to reattach it with dental adhesive or temporary dental cement available at pharmacies.

    • If a filling is lost, you can use dental wax or temporary filling material until you can see your dentist.

  7. Abscess or Swelling:

    • Rinse your mouth with a mild saltwater solution.

    • Use a cold compress on the outside of your cheek to reduce swelling.

    • Do not attempt to drain the abscess yourself.

  8. Orthodontic Emergencies:

    • For loose braces or wires, use orthodontic wax to secure them in place.

    • If a wire is poking into your cheek, cover the end with wax or use a pencil eraser to push it away gently.

Remember, these are general guidelines, and it's crucial to contact your dentist for advice tailored to your specific situation. If the dental emergency occurs outside of regular office hours, consider seeking care at an emergency dental clinic or the nearest emergency room.

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