Where To Get Emergency Dentistry in Waterloo, ON
Knowing what to do during a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving or losing your tooth altogether. In addition to staying calm and acting fast, a dental emergency almost always requires some help from your emergency dentist. Find out more about emergency dentistry and how it works with Dr. Sumesh Mahajan at Advance Dental Care.
What is considered a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies are situations which require immediate dental treatment. A dental emergency most often occurs due to infection, trauma to the tooth, or injury. If you are not sure if your situation is an emergency, consider these questions:
- Are you bleeding from the mouth?
- Is your face or facial area swollen?
- Are you in severe pain?
- Do you have any loose teeth, and/or,
- Are you missing any teeth?
- Do you have a swollen, painful lump on your gum tissue?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should see an emergency dentist like Dr. Mahajan as soon as possible.
How should I handle a dental emergency?
Your first reaction to any dental emergency may be to panic. However, while an understandable reaction, it is important to remain calm and think quickly during an emergency. If you are in severe pain, take a moment to assess the situation. If your tooth is missing or broken, save the remaining pieces of tooth and place them into a small container of milk. (Yes, this really works!) Take these with you to your dental appointment. If your pain comes from a lump or pimple-like swelling on your gum, swish your mouth with warm salty water and see your dentist as soon as possible. This infection, called a dental abscess, could become very serious or even life-threatening if left untreated. A chipped or cracked tooth is normally not considered an emergency, though if the chip or crack is severe and runs up (or down) the tooth underneath the gum line, you should see an emergency dentist.
Dental Emergencies in Waterloo, ON, Canada
Advance Dental Care offers emergency dental treatments. Anyone, including new patients, can schedule a same-day emergency dental appointment during normal office hours. Advance Dental Care also offers after-hours emergency dental care for existing patients.