Getting the appropriate care for a dental emergency in a timely fashion can increase the likelihood of saving a tooth instead of losing it. This is why Harmony Dental Care in Oshawa, ON offers 24-hour emergency dental care. If you have one of the following emergencies, never hesitate to give us a call.
If you are suffering from a severe toothache, you might have an infection. There are several reasons why you might have a tooth infection, including decay that’s been so far undetected, or even trauma to the head. If you do have an infection, you may need to have a root canal in order to remove the infected tissue. You should always avoid applying analgesic to your gums to get rid of pain – this might burn the tissue in your mouth!
An abscess is another sign of an infection. These can show up as painful swellings on your gums. If you have an abscess, you should come to Harmony Dental Care as quickly as possible, so you can minimize the damage that’s done to the teeth and to the surrounding tissues. You also want to make sure you keep the infection from spreading to the rest of your body.
You should pick up your tooth by its crown (the white part) and rinse it off. Don’t scrub it or touch the root if possible. You should try and set it back in its socket. If this is not possible, you should put it in milk and bring it with you to Harmony Dental Care. You should try and make it in within an hour of losing your tooth. This will increase the likelihood that we’ll be able to save the tooth.
If you have a knocked-out baby tooth, it is not considered an emergency. However, you should still seek dental attention as soon as you can. Your child is going to need to have a space maintainer in order to make sure their permanent teeth come through in the right place.
If your tooth has not fallen out but is loose, it is still a dental emergency. Before coming to Harmony Dental Care, you can reduce the pain by putting an ice pack on your cheek and taking some pain medications.