Emergency Dental Care in Toronto
Practically any type of tooth or gum injury can become aggravated if ignored – potentially to the point of deteriorating your dental health to the point of rendering it into a serious health risk and needing more serious treatment such as a root canal.
Overlooking a dental emergency can compromise your oral health and put you at risk for attaining permanent damage, which can eventually produce a need for more extensive and more expensive future dental treatment/procedure. One of these procedures is a root canal, a common treatment that can sometimes be avoided.
Emergency Dental - Symptoms & Treatments
Below, we offer some simple instructions for dealing with various dental complications until you are able to visit a dentist.
The below reference guide is on our website for informational purposes only. For professional advice, please contact a dental professional for advice pertaining to your specific complication(s).
What To Do When You Have a Toothache
- Rinse your mouth with warm water (Add a teaspoon of salt and rinse for 40 seconds)
- Gently use dental floss to remove any food
- Apply an ice pack to the outside of your cheek to reduce swelling (if swelling is present)
- Contrary to come people’s beliefs, do not apply any painkillers to the sore gums near the aching tooth
- Contact a dentist for more information or to set up an emergency dental appointment
How to Deal with a Chipped or Broken Tooth
- Rinse any chipped pieces of tooth in cold water and save the piece(s) in a sealed container with some cold milk or cold water,
- Gently rinse your mouth with salt water (half cup warm water and teaspoon salt.)
- If bleeding occurs, use a piece of gauze to the clean the blood out of the area. With another piece of clean gauze, apply pressure on the source of the bleeding for roughly 10 minutes.
- An ice pack can reduce swelling and bleeding. Apply it to the outside of the cheek or lip, over-top the chipped tooth.
- See your dentist as soon as possible and bring the chipped tooth-in-container with you.
What to Do In Case of a Knocked-out Tooth
- Find the tooth and hold it by its chewing surface. Avoid touching the root.
- Rinse the tooth off with cold water, without scrubbing it or removing any remnants of tissue.
- If possible, without applying pressure to it, gently reinsert the tooth back into its gum socket, ensuring it is facing the right direction.
- If you are unable to easily replace the missing tooth in its socket, place it in a small, clean container of milk.
- If milk is not available, place the tooth in a small sealed container of water and add a quarter teaspoon of salt to it.
- See your dentist as soon as you can, within the hour, if possible.
What to Do if You Have a Loose Tooth or Lost a Filling?
- Call and visit your dentist immediately
- Apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek until the dentist can see you.
- Swallow one or two painkillers – Do not apply it to the affected area.
- For a lost filling, place a piece of sugar-free gum over the affected tooth and press on it for 2 seconds.
- See your dentist as soon as possible.
What to Do With a Lost a Dental Crown?
- Make a dental appointment and visit your dentist as soon as you can and make sure to bring the displaced dental crown with you to the dental office.
- If you feel pain and are unable to see a dentist, you can use a q-tip to apply clove oil (this can be bought at almost any pharmacy)
- If the dental crown is still intact, add a small amount of toothpaste to the inside and place it back on your tooth until your dental appointment.
How to Deal With Broken Braces Wires
- If the braces’ wire is broken, it can potentially poke your tongue, gums or cheeks.
- Use a piece of sugar-free gum, the tip of an eraser, gauze, or orthodontic wax to cover the sharp piece of wire.
- Make an appointment with your orthodontist as soon as possible - Do not try to cut the wire as it can potentially move into your throat or airway.
What to do in Case of Loose Braces Brackets and Bands
- Using orthodontic wax, do you best to re-affix loose braces
- If you have trouble reattaching the loose bracket, simply place orthodontic wax over the loose brace to reduce discomfort.
- Contact your orthodontist as soon as possible
How to Deal With an Abscessed Tooth or Possible Tooth Infection
- An abscess is an infection, (similar to a sore, pimple or ulcer) around the root of a tooth or between a tooth and gum tissues.
- Contact your dentist as soon as possible – This type of infection can spread to other parts of your body.
- To relieve pain and minimize the chances of spreading the infection to surrounding teeth or your internal organs, rinse your mouth with a mixture of a half teaspoon of table salt and 8 oz water- Rinse 3-5 times a day until you can see a dentist.
What To Do If You Have Oral Bleeding or an Injury to Your Gums, Tongue, or Cheeks
- Rinse your mouth with salt-water (8 oz. Water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt)
- Moisten a piece of gauze or a tea bag and apply it (with pressure) to the source of your bleeding for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Apply an ice pack or cold compress to the outside of your cheek to slow down bleeding.
- If bleeding does not stop after 30 minutes, call your dentist or go to the hospital as soon as possible.
If you have a dental emergency, contact our office for treatment today. Don't let the pain of an infected or broken tooth prevent you from enjoying your days. Reach out to us today to speak with an emergency dentist in Toronto for the dental care you need.