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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Emergencies

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Are you looking for a new dental home? You probably have a lot of questions about what treatment will be like in our office and which services we offer. We listed some of our most common questions here, but if your specific question is not listed, please give us a call or email us from the handy form on our Contact page

We look forward to answering your questions and to seeing you in our office.

Dental Emergencies

Woman using a ice pack on her sore jawFirst, you have to distinguish between a dental emergency and a dental incident. A dental incident includes things like a tooth that has chipped or a temporary crown that has fallen off. A chipped tooth that is sharp to the tongue and not causing pain in the tooth itself is generally not considered a dental emergency. If a broken tooth is sharp to the tongue, you can generally place a piece of (chewed up) gum around the sharp edges and wait until the next day to have the tooth looked at. If a temporary crown has fallen off, the simplest thing to do is to avoid chewing on the tooth to minimize potential damage. These situations usually do not require immediate attention.

What is Considered a Dental Emergency  

A true dental emergency involves a tooth that has been displaced from trauma, an infection that is rapidly developing, or a suddenly developing pain that is not relenting. All of these scenarios involve potentially tooth or life-threatening situations that are best seen by a dentist immediately. Our Burnaby, BC dental clinic always makes time for true emergencies. If it is after hours, our office will provide a contact number from our dentists who can assess you over the phone as best as possible. Fortunately, most cases can be dealt with by prescription medications until definitive treatment is provided.

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If you are unable to immediately get in touch with your dentist, the best place to go would be your local hospital where they can deal with trauma and infection cases effectively. In the case of trauma, they can also provide treatment for facial wounds and update tetanus shots as required. Please contact Central Park Dental Clinic if you have any more concerns on emergency dental care in the Burnaby area.

Person holding cheek with toothache | Dentist Burnaby BCDental emergencies can be scary and disruptive to your schedule. At Central Park Dental Clinic we understand these issues, which is why we strive to set aside space for emergency dental situations each day.

Dental Emergencies

Oral health emergencies may include the following:

  • Dental injury, which results in severe bleeding or tooth loss
  • Broken tooth
  • Extreme dental pain
  • Swelling in the jaw or face
  • Dental pain with fever

Dental inconveniences that can wait a few days include:

  • Mild tooth pain without fever
  • Loose filling
  • A few drops of blood following a minor injury—an elbow jab for example.

Steps to Take During a Dental Emergency

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call our Burnaby, BC office as soon as possible, and our dentists will determine whether your situation requires immediate attention. If the emergency happens after hours, our dentist will also decide whether or not you need to be seen immediately or the next day.

In the meantime, do the following:

  • If you have a traumatic injury to the face, get to the emergency room instead—your dentist can be notified.
  • If you have lost your tooth, bring it to your emergency appointment—it may be salvageable.

We routinely treat emergency situations and will make every effort to save your tooth or teeth and preserve your smile.

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Contact our Burnaby, BC dental office immediately if you think you may be experiencing a dental emergency, and let our emergency dentist assess your situation!

Illustration of tooth next to a first aid kit | Dentist Burnaby BCWhile it is an uncommon situation, sometimes a fall or physical contact with another person will result in a tooth being displaced. Usually, these situations will be accompanied by cuts, swelling, bruises, and pain. Most of these situations require immediate attention from a dentist who can re-position a tooth/ the teeth if possible, like our dental team at our Burnaby clinic. An examination by a medical doctor is also appropriate to treat any facial wounds or to provide updated tetanus vaccination.

If a displaced tooth happened when you are unable to be seen by any medical personal immediately, you may attempt to rinse off any contaminants and place the tooth in milk or saliva until you can be seen. Unfortunately, the survivability of such a tooth outside the mouth decreases rapidly.

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Even if a tooth is successfully re-positioned by a dentist in a short amount of time, the likelihood of other future treatments is very high. Root canal treatment is almost always necessary. Ankylosis (a condition whereby the tooth becomes fused to the bone) is also highly probable, requiring future extraction and tooth replacement. So careful follow up at Central Park Dental Clinic beyond emergency treatment is needed.

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