Same-Day Dental Emergency Care!
Dental injuries and dental emergencies can occur at any time, happen to all of us and are often distressing for both children and parents. The sooner you seek dental treatment, the better. It is even possible to save a tooth that has been knocked out if you can get treatment within an hour. At Richmond Hill Dentistry, our dental emergency services provide you with prompt attention and compassionate care to relieve pain and begin treatment. We will solve the immediate dental problem and recommend follow-up treatment when necessary with one of our experienced dentists: Dr. Randy Singh, Dr. Marty Sekand, Dr. Ken Jandoo or Dr. Steven Schneider –they will help you restore your smile and health.
Common Dental Emergencies & How To Deal With Them:
Detailed below are some of the most common dental emergencies, in addition to helpful advice on how to deal with them.
Toothache is common in children of all ages and rarely occurs without cause. Impacted food can cause discomfort in young children, and can be dislodged using a toothbrush, a clean finger, or dental floss. If pain persists, contact the pediatric dentist. Some common causes of toothache include: tooth fractures, tooth decay, tooth trauma, and wisdom teeth eruption in young adults.
How you can help:
- Cleanse the area using warm water.
- Do not medicate or warm the affected tooth or adjacent gum area.
- Check for impacted food and remove it as necessary
- Apply a cold compress to the affected area to reduce swelling
- Contact us immediately for an emergency appointment: 905-787-8764
If a tooth has been knocked-out completely, it is important to contact Richmond Hill Dentistry immediately for an emergency appointment. If it’s a primary tooth we will not attempt to reimplant it, because the procedure itself can cause damage to the tooth bud, and thereby damage the emerging permanent tooth.
If it’s a permanent tooth, we will try to reimplant it. It is almost always more successful if it is performed within one hour of the avulsion, so time is of the essence!
How you can help:
- Recover the tooth. Do not touch the tooth roots! Handle the crown only.
- Rinse off dirt and debris with water without scrubbing or scraping the tooth.
- If it’s a permanent tooth, insert the tooth into its original socket using gentle pressure
- If it’s a primary tooth, submerge the tooth in a glass of milk or saliva (do not attempt to reinsert the tooth in case the child swallows it).
- Do not allow the tooth to dry during transportation. Moisture is critically important for reimplantation success.
- Time is critical in saving the tooth, so call your dental emergency right away to us: 905-787-8764
The crown is the largest, most visible part of the tooth. In most cases, the crown is the part of the tooth that sustains trauma. At Richmond Hill Dentistry we can readily assess the severity of the fracture using digital dental x-rays, but any change in tooth colour (for example, pinkish or yellowish tinges inside the tooth) is an emergency warning sign. Minor crown fractures often warrant the application of dental sealant, whereas more severe crown fractures sometimes require pulp treatments. Contact us immediately, jagged enamel can irritate and inflame soft oral tissues, causing infection.
How you can help:
- Rinse you mouth with warm water
- Place a cold, moist compress on the affected area
- Use strong pain relief (Advil or Tylenol)
- Book a dental emergency appointment: 905-787-8764
A root fracture is caused by direct trauma, and is not noticeable to the naked eye. If a root fracture is suspected, digital dental x-rays need to be taken. Depending on the exact positioning of the fracture and level of discomfort, the tooth can be monitored, treated, or extracted as a worst case scenario.