Dental emergencies are not usually life threatening, however, our goal at CITIZEN DENTAL CLINIC is to provide comfort and restore function as soon as possible. We also provide extended working hours, including weekends to ensure our patients have access to a dentist as soon as possible. The following represents some guidelines to understand whether a dental condition is an emergency. All dental emergencies are attended to immediately. Some symptoms may be less severe and considered urgent. What this means is that, although it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible, it is not considered an emergency.
When should you call your dentist?
Dull, continuous ache: -Non-emergency- Schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.
Bitten Tongue or Lip: Clean the area gently with a cloth and then apply cold compresses to reduce the swelling. If the bleeding does not stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
Sudden, severe discomfort, accompanied by swelling: It could be an emergency -Apply a cold compress and see your dentist immediately. Objects Caught Between the Teeth: Try to gently remove the object with dental floss and avoid damaging the gums. Do not use a sharp instrument. The best item to use is a plastic toothpick that has an angulated tip. If not successful in removing the object, visit your dentist.
Abscessed tooth: An abscess is a localized pus formation usually located at the root end of the tooth.- If the condition is acute and there is infection present the dentist will likely prescribe antibiotics and analgesics before attempting to perform root canal therapy.
Knocked out tooth: It is an emergency -Control the bleeding by applying direct pressure with a cold compress. Do not remove or be alarmed, as there may be extensive bleeding. Transport the tooth wrapped in a wet cloth or a glass of milk. Do not rinse the tooth.
Broken tooth: Depending on the severity of the fracture, it could cause an infection, which is much more difficult to treat. Extruded Tooth: Don’t try to force the tooth back into its socket. Gently reposition the tooth to its normal alignment. Hold the tooth in place with gauze or a tissue. You must see your dentist immediately.
Facial fracture: Make sure the airway is open and transport the victim to medical aid as soon as possible.Sensitivity to cold: Non-emergency- Your tooth could be sensitive for a number of reasons. Never apply 89*aspirin or heat to the tooth. Call the dentist and arrange an appointment as soon as possible.
Sensitivity to heat: Emergency Sensitivity to heat can indicate that infection is present. See your dentist as soon as possible. If swelling and/or fever is present, consider it an emergency. An abscess could be forming.
Broken Braces and Wires: Emergency If the broken appliance can be removed easily, take it out carefully. If not, cover the sharp or protruding portion with gauze, cotton balls, or even chewing gum. Do not remove this and see your dentist immediately.