Emergency Dental Services In Kitchener, ON
What to do until you get to the dentist
When dental emergencies happen, acting quickly and proactively can help increase the chances of saving your teeth. During emergency dental treatment, our dentists develop treatment plans designed to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible.
In the case of broken, chipped or fractured teeth:
In the event you suffer from a broken, chipped, or fractured tooth, contact the Kitchener Dental team immediately. If part of your tooth has completely broken off, rinse the broken piece, put it in a safe place, and apply gauze to the area to stop any bleeding. To reduce swelling and pain, place a cold compress on the cheek directly outside of the affected area. To alleviate discomfort, you can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever and rinse your mouth with salt water.
Treatment for a broken tooth is dependent on the extent and cause of the break. Extensive breaks that reach the root of the tooth may put you at greater risk of infection. As a result, root canal therapy may be the most effective way to preserve the natural tooth while preventing infection and further damage.
For Avulsed Teeth:
Avulsed, or knocked out, teeth are considered major dental emergencies that require immediate attention in order to protect your oral health and dental function. Until you can see one of our dentists, rinse the tooth with warm water. While handling the tooth, do not touch the roots as this can damage the tooth and reduce the chances of successfully re-implanting it. Rather, hold the tooth by the top, or the crown.
If possible, put the tooth back into the socket. Otherwise, store it in your cheek. While it may be tempting to keep the tooth in a container with a little water, this is discouraged as it can reduce your chances of saving the tooth.
In cases where the tooth and surrounding tissue are healthy and can be saved, our dentists will sterilize the socket and replace the tooth by splinting it to surrounding teeth with soft wire or composite material.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
While you may not be able to prevent all dental emergencies from occurring, regularly practicing effective oral hygiene care can minimize the need for emergency treatment caused by decay and infection. To maintain uncompromised dental health, patients should implement an effective at home oral hygiene regimen. This should include brushing and flossing twice a day and using an antibacterial mouthwash.
At Kitchener Dental, we use state-of-the-art technology to identify and treat dental issues before they cause damage to your smile and compromise your oral health.
Dental Emergency? Call our Practice Today!
We know that dental emergencies can happen at any time and to anyone. In order to correctly treat your smile following an emergency, contact our Kitchener emergency dentists for immediate for care.