What is considered dental emergency care?
Any dental problem that cannot wait to be dealt with by booking an appointment during normal dental office hours, due to the severe pain, uncontrollable bleeding, discomfort, or risk of further dental or oral damage. It can be caused by accidents, tooth decay, infection, damaged restoration, or injury during sports or slip and fall.
How can I avoid dental emergencies?
Most dental problems can be avoided by exercising proper oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing and routine dental visits for professional teeth cleaning and oral examination for early detection of problems and timely treatments.
You should also take simple precautions such as:
Avoiding bad lifestyle habits like nail biting, chewing on ice, and using your teeth to cut things as the impact may crack of break your teeth and/or restorations
Avoiding hard foods that may also damage your teeth and/or restorations
Wearing a mouthguard when participating in recreational activities and sports
How soon will I be attended to during emergency dental treatment?
We recommend that you book an appointment or call our office while on your way (for cases that need urgent care) so we can make arrangements to reduce the waiting time, which can vary depending on the day and complexity of required treatment. You may spend between 20 and 90 minutes in our practice, but we provide a comfortable environment with friendly receptionists, free WiFi, cold and hot water, magazines, and TV/music to help you relax while you wait.
How can I help myself while waiting for emergency treatment?
If you have a knocked out permanent tooth, try placing it back in its socket carefully without touching the root. Otherwise, keep it in moist environment, like between your gums and cheek or in milk and make your way to our office as soon as possible.
If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and brush and floss to clean your teeth. Take some painkillers.
For wounds on the lips, tongue, or cheek, rinse your mouth with warm water and control any bleeding using gauze.
To schedule your next dental visit with our team, contact our dental office today