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Dental Emergencies—Urgent or Not? Here’s a Guide

May 22, 2019
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Posted By: Roger Chan, DMD
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Dental emergencies happen to the best of us, and we take emergency dentistry seriously at our Metrotown dental practice. One of the most difficult things about a dental emergency is knowing whether or not they are urgent.

Here are some tips to tell the difference between urgent versus not urgent.

#1—A Knocked-Out Tooth

This is always an urgent dental issue, and time is of the essence. The sooner you get to the dentist with an avulsed tooth, the better the chance that we can save the tooth.

When a tooth is knocked-out, try not to handle it too much—especially in the root area. Keep it moist by placing it back in the socket or holding it between your cheek and gum. (Be careful not to swallow it!) You can also put it into a small container of milk or saliva until you can get to the dentist.

#2—Uncontrollable Bleeding From the Mouth

Blood in your mouth is never normal, and if you are bleeding from an injury or trauma, get to the dentist immediately.

#3—A Broken Jaw

If you suspect your jaw is broken, this is an emergency better handled at the closest hospital. When you arrive and check in, be sure to give us a call and let us know.

#4—Excruciating Pain

When a toothache goes from bad to unbearable, you need to come in as soon as possible. We can provide palliative care to help you get comfortable, and if necessary, we can schedule any necessary treatment, such as a root canal.

#5—Dental Situations That May Not Be Urgent

If you lose a filling or a dental crown, give us a call and we can advise you on the best course of action to take—and when to take it. If there is a food particle stuck between your teeth, this can often wait until the next opening in our schedule.

Whenever you are unsure as to whether your situation is urgent, be sure to give our Metrotown dental clinic a call to ask about emergency dentistry. We are here to help!