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How to tell if you are experiencing a Dental Emergency?

If you have been involved in an activity or accident that has caused a dental injury, such as a chipped or broken tooth, you will know you require emergency dental treatment.

Some other types of dental emergency are:

 Toothache

 sensitivity to hot and/or cold in the mouth

 Facial swelling

 Difficulty opening your mouth/ chewing/ speaking

 Gum pain

 Bleeding from the gums

What to do in a Dental Emergency?

If you have any of the above-mentioned symptoms it’s important to see a dentist for treatment as soon as possible.

In some rare cases, a dental emergency may in fact be part of a medical emergency. If you’re having difficulty breathing or swallowing, cannot function normally to eat or drink, or have significant swelling in the jaw area, you should call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room straight away.

Emergency Dental Appointments at Walkerville Dental we reserve appointments daily to cater for dental emergencies. Our normal hours of operation are After-hours Dental Emergencies, outside of normal hours, patients can obtain emergency dental advice by calling 519-973-8280

Typical Dental Emergencies and Treatments

1. Impacted wisdom tooth
If you have an infected or impacted wisdom tooth, it can be painful and require urgent treatment. One of our general dentists will examine the affected tooth and, depending on the complexity of your case, may refer you to a registered oral & maxillofacial surgeon.

2. Root canal Therapy for Infected Tooth
An infected tooth will sometimes require root canal therapy. This treatment is a way to save your natural tooth in preference to having it extracted and replaced with an implant or bridge. Root canal treatment will be performed by Dr. Michael Leventis.

3. Chipped Tooth
If you have a chipped or broken tooth, it will need to be treated by a general dentist. This should happen without delay, especially if the nerve of the tooth has been exposed, increasing the risk of infection. If the damage was caused by a fall or a knock to the face, you will also need to be examined for other possible oral injuries.

Tooth Removal (irretrievably damaged tooth)

In instances when a tooth cannot be saved, such as when it has been too severely damaged by trauma or decay, your emergency dental treatment may involve the tooth being removed.

Broken Dentures

If your denture is damaged you should promptly have it repaired or replaced. Dentures can be constructed quite quickly; so the sooner you make an appointment, the sooner you can have a new denture.

Children’s Emergencies

The most common dental emergencies among children take the form of a chipped or knocked-out tooth. If the tooth that is knocked out is a baby tooth, you should not attempt to put it back in its socket as you could damage the developing tooth beneath the gum. Make an appointment with your child’s dentist and take the tooth with you to that appointment. The dentist will assess the socket and check for any other dental injuries.

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