Any dental problem that needs immediate medical help to stop bleeding, relieve severe pain, or save a tooth is considered an emergency. These things can occur due to tooth decay, accidents, broken restorations, facial trauma, a cavity that has reached the nerve, and more. Dental emergencies can also be applied to severe infections that can be life-threatening. At Kennedy Heights Dental Centre, we provide same-day emergency care to help our patients overcome their distressing oral concerns and gain immediate relief.
Emergency care can save your natural teeth, prevent an infection from spreading to the rest of your body, and more. For instance, if your tooth got knocked out in an accident, it may be possible to fix it, but within a short period. If your natural tooth is preserved, you can avoid expensive and painful procedures. You should seek emergency dental care if you experience the following:
A toothache that won’t go away can be a sign of a more severe problem, such as an infection or considerable damage. If your pain continues for more than a few days, you should schedule an emergency appointment right away. Before your visit, you should, from time to time, rinse the area of your toothache with warm water and apply an ice pack to your cheek to manage pain and swelling.
A tooth knocked out requires emergency dental care. Before seeking professional help, you should hold your tooth by the crown and rinse the root with water to stop bleeding. Be careful not to remove tissue that may help reattach the tooth later. If the tooth has already been detached from the tissue, place it in a container with milk, and bring it to our office, preferably within an hour of the incident.
If the wire on your braces has broken or popped out of its bracket, adjust it until it’s in a comfortable position. Be careful not to damage the wire, as it could become a choking hazard. If you cannot adjust the wire back, use cotton to cover the wire and call for an emergency dental appointment. We will fix any broken or loose wires on your braces promptly.
An abscess is an infection that appears near the root of a tooth or between the teeth and gums. If an abscess is not treated promptly, it might spread beyond the mouth to other parts of the body. Though a saltwater solution can relieve some pain, we strongly recommend visiting our office immediately to prevent complications.
In case of a dental emergency, walk into our Kennedy Heights Dental Centre office at 11960 88 Ave, Delta, BC V4C 3C8. You can also reach us at 778.655.4125.