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Everything You Need to Know About Dental Emergencies

Do you have pain that causes you to lose sleep? Are you suffering from sudden swelling, unexplained bleeding or discomfort that interferes with your daily life? You’re probably facing a dental emergency, and might be wondering when and how to respond.

Keep reading to learn what your Montreal dentist wants you to know about dental emergencies.

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is more than just a temporary pain that makes you wince. It is a situation that requires immediate attention to avoid serious consequences for your oral health. A sports injury, a cracked tooth, an intense toothache – all are dental emergencies that most people will experience at one point in their lives. Understanding what qualifies as a dental emergency is crucial to responding quickly and correctly.

You are experiencing a dental emergency if you require urgent attention to:

  • Relieve intense and persistent pain that interferes with your daily activities
  • Treat a dental infection manifested by heavy or prolonged bleeding, such as pulpitis or abscesses. Usually accompanied by symptoms like painful swelling of the face or gums, fever, severe tooth sensitivity, and persistent bad breath.
  • Respond to an oral trauma such as broken, partially dislodged or completely knocked out teeth.

Quick intervention is essential in these situations. Ignoring or delaying treatment in a dental emergency can lead to complications and permanent damage to teeth, gums and even your overall health.

What to do in a dental emergency

During a dental emergency, it is important to know how to handle the situation until you can visit your dentist. Remember, every dental emergency is unique, and you should always follow the specific recommendations of your dentist or oral health professional.

Here are some tips for dealing with dental emergencies until you can receive proper care:

1. Severe toothache

If you have severe dental pain, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever for temporary relief. Avoid putting medication directly on the painful area, as this can irritate the tissue. Visit a dentist promptly to find out what is causing your toothache.

2. Dental trauma

If you break a tooth or if a tooth has become partially dislodged, gently rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any debris (but do not use soap, mouthwash or other chemical products). A small fracture can usually be repaired with a filling, while a larger fracture may require a crown or root canal treatment.

If your tooth is partially dislodged, gently put it back where it belongs and hold it in place by gently biting down on a clean pad. If the tooth is completely knocked out, store it in milk or saliva to preserve it and visit a dentist immediately.

3. Lost crowns or fillings

If you lose a crown or filling, the inside of your tooth will be exposed, which can weaken its structure. You could also experience pain and tooth sensitivity. A lost filling is considered a dental emergency and your dentist will need to replace it as soon as possible.

4. Dental infections

If you have an infected tooth, rinse your mouth with warm salt water to temporarily reduce the discomfort. Avoid putting heat directly on the swollen area. Visit a dentist promptly to receive proper treatment and prevent the infection from spreading.

5. Excessive dental bleeding

If your gums are bleeding heavily, apply gentle pressure to the affected area with a clean compress or piece of gauze. Biting down gently on a wet tea bag can also help control the bleeding. However, it is important to see a dentist promptly to identify and treat the cause.

What is not considered a dental emergency?

Some situations are not usually considered dental emergencies. These include the following:

  • Routine checkups and dental cleanings
  • Minor problems such as small cavities, slightly chipped teeth or slightly dislodged fillings. These do not require immediate intervention and can be addressed during a routine appointment.
  • Routine orthodontic care such as tightening elastics or replacing wires is generally not considered a dental emergency, unless there is extreme pain or some type of complication.
  • Most cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening.

If you are not sure whether your situation qualifies as a dental emergency, contact your dentist for professional advice.

Dental emergency? Act quickly to conserve your oral health!

Don’t suffer in silence! If you think you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact Clinique Dentaire 1935 now. Your health and well-being are our top priority. We will quickly assess your situation and schedule an appointment right away.

Don’t let pain ruin your life: act now and experience the comfort and security of quality treatment. Your radiant smile and restored oral health are waiting for you!

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