Emergencies have a way of happening at inconvenient times, like when you are away from home. In the event of a dental emergency, you can visit one of the 20 the Tooth Corner dental offices across Southern Ontario for help, even if you are not a regular patient. Waiting until you return home from a vacation or for a next available appointment may jeopardize your dental health, and your pain could intensify.
At the Tooth Corner, an emergency dentist will see you on a walk-in basis and provide the quality care you deserve. During your visit, we will ask about your dental care and health history, as well as x-rays, to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. Our main goal will be to get you out of pain, and we will also treat your condition with an urgent care protocol. Often, patients are advised to attend follow-up appointments at our office or with their regular dentist, particularly when a restoration or prosthetic is needed.
Our dental clinics offer toothache and pain relief, chipped tooth repair, and in some cases, we can replace dislodged teeth or restorations. The instant you experience a dental emergency, call your nearest Tooth Corner dentist to let the front office know that you’re on your way. We will get you in to see a dentist.
Common procedures necessary for urgent care patients include, but are not limited to:
Most health emergencies can be handled in the emergency room of a hospital. One key difference between a hospital ER and an emergency dentist is that medical doctors are not trained to provide dental services.
The dentists at the Tooth Corner have the training and tools necessary to provide accurate and comprehensive treatment, during appointments and emergencies.
If you suspect that your jaw or another bone is broken, you have lacerations that require sutures, or you have sustained a blow to the head that could cause a concussion, a hospital emergency room should be your first destination.
A dental emergency can arise in various ways.
Many dental emergencies result from sporting accidents, such as blows to the face or falls from sporting equipment. An emergency may stem from biting down on especially hard or inflexible foods. Thick or chewy foods can chip teeth or cause fillings to loosen.
Patients may experience an urgent dental situation after using their teeth to cut or tear things, instead of reaching for a pair of scissors.
Certain dental appliances can cause an emergency, too. A loose orthodontic wire or a retainer may become embedded in the soft tissues of the mouth and require a dental procedure for removal.
In other cases, a simple toothache becomes acute during the night, causing lack of sleep. By the time morning comes, you know that you need a dentist and will not be able to work.
The best thing you can do if you have an emergency is to see a dentist right away!
For teeth that have been knocked out, touch the tooth at the crown instead of the root. Handling the root could damage the nerve, making reattachment less likely. If a tooth has been knocked crooked but is still in the socket, do not force it back into place and avoid activity that moves the tooth further.
For a fractured tooth or swollen jaw, apply ice to reduce the swelling and take an over-the-counter medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen to decrease the pain. An important note about medication: Do this only if you are aware of your allergies and do not take anything that will cause an allergic reaction. Take all medications as per the directions.
Call the Southern Ontario Tooth Corner nearest you if you are having a dental emergency. We will make every effort to get you into our office as soon as possible.