Dental Emergency

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Dental Emergency

Dealing with dental emergencies in a timely manner can mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth. For this reason, we offer 24-hour emergency care at our clinic. Never hesitate to call us if you suffer from any of the following emergencies.

Severe Toothache

Severe toothache is often a sign of infection. This can occur because of undetected decay or after a trauma to the head. You may need a root canal to remove the infected tissue. Never apply an analgesic to your gums to reduce the toothache — this may burn the tissue in your mouth.


Another sign of infection is an abscess. These appear as painful swellings on the gums. You need to come to the clinic as soon as possible to avoid damage to the teeth and surrounding tissue as well as to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your body.

Knocked-Out Adult Teeth

Pick up your tooth by the crown and rinse it clean — never scrub a tooth or touch it by the root. Try to push it gently back into the socket. In the case you are unable to reinsert your tooth, place in milk and bring it to our dental centre. To increase the chances that we save your tooth, come to the clinic within an hour of your tooth being knocked out.

A knocked-out baby tooth is not an emergency, but you still need dental attention as soon as possible. Your child will need a space maintainer to ensure adult teeth erupt in the right place.

Partially-Dislodged Teeth

A blow to the face may cause a tooth be become loose rather than fall out entirely. This is also a dental emergency. Before arriving to our clinic, you can reduce discomfort by applying a cold compress to your cheek and taking an over-the-counter pain medication.