At Macleod Trail Dental, we do plan for dental emergencies. In fact, we offer same-day emergency dental care to accommodate unexpected dental issues. Due to the critical nature of emergency situations, we assign blocks in our daily schedule specifically allocated to dental injuries or unforeseen accidents. Therefore, we provide you with the attention you need when an emergency arises.
Furthermore, our team of Calgary emergency dentists is well trained and well equipped to handle any situation. We offer effective and affordable emergency dental care treatments for:
Chipped, fractured or cracked teeth
Emergency Dental Care for Severe Toothache
A toothache, as its name suggests, refers to pain around a tooth. Toothaches are commonly caused by tooth decay, an abscessed tooth, infected gums, tooth fracture, or a damaged filling.
Treatment for Emergency Tooth Ache
The root cause of a toothache helps determine the appropriate treatment. To get a better idea, your dentist will do a physical examination of your mouth, teeth, gums, jaw and tongue. X-rays may be taken at your appointment. Based on findings, possible treatments include extraction and antibiotics. If an infected nerve is the problem, a root canal may be necessary.
In general, emergency dental care is focused on pain alleviation. Thereafter, follow-up appointments are used to treat the root issue.
How Long Does Emergency Tooth Extraction Take?
We treat each patient as an individual, not a number. Treatment time varies according to your unique needs and type of treatment received. For reference, we’ve included some common treatment times below.
Root canal – Carried out by your dentist over two or more appointments, each appointment is between 60 to 90 minutes.
Tooth filling – A filling is completed in one 60-minute appointment.
Extraction – A tooth extraction is carried out in one dental appointment. Keep in mind, it takes about 1-2 weeks for a full recovery.
Emergency Dental Care for Chipped, Cracked or Broken Teeth
What is the treatment for a broken or chipped tooth?
Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth depends on the extent of the damage. You’ll need a filing, dental cap/crown, dental veneers, or a root canal.
Filling: Dentists rely on fillings to fix small chips in your tooth enamel. If the affected tooth is visible (i.e. in the front of your mouth), a procedure called bonding is done using a tooth-colored composite resin.
Dental Cap/Crown: If you have a lot of decay, or the damaged area is very large, a crown or tooth-shaped cap is applied. A dental cap or crown protects the tooth and improves appearances.
Dental Veneers: Chipped or broken teeth can appear whole and healthy again thanks to a natural-colored dental veneer.
Root Canal: In the most severe cases, a root canal may be necessary to prevent infection if the break is large enough to expose the pulp.
How long does emergency dental care for a chipped or broken tooth take?
Dental crowns and veneers usually require two trips to the dentist. Generally, each appointment is scheduled about 2-3 weeks apart.
For about 2-4 hours following a dental crown procedure, patients typically experience numbness in the mouth and minor tooth sensitivity Avoid cold/hot foods, and don’t chew on the affected side of your mouth for at least 2-3 days after treatment.
Unlike crowns, which require more of your tooth to be filed down, veneers require very little tooth shaving. As a result, you face less pain during recovery. Typically, recovery from the first treatment is significantly longer and more painful than the second. The second appointment is when you are fitted with the actual veneer.
Emergency Dental Care for Trapped Objects
Popcorn hulls, meat fibers, seeds and many other objects can become stuck between your teeth. Do you have a habit of chewing on pens, pencils or toothpicks? A piece could easily break off and get stuck in your teeth.
Often, these types of occurrences can be resolved at home. But, if you are unable to remove the trapped object and/or it is painful, then you must seek emergency dental care.
Dentists use a variety of techniques to safely remove trapped objects. To help you relax, we offer no-fee sedation dentistry.
How long does it take to treat a tooth obstruction?
Typically, this type of emergency dental appointment requires one appointment and no downtime, unless you opt for sedation. For sedation dentistry, have a responsible adult accompany you to and from the appointment. Additionally, plan to take the rest of the day off work to recover.
Emergency Dental Care for Tissue Injuries
Treatment Options for Tissue Injuries
What is soft tissue trauma? Cuts, lacerations or other wounds to the lips, tongue and cheek are all considered soft tissue trauma.
Your appointment begins with a discussion about what caused your recent trauma. From there, the dentist conducts a thorough physical exam of the area, looking for relevant things such as tooth or bone damage, as well as pieces of chipped teeth.
Generally, superficial wounds heal on their own. On the other hand, larger cuts may require stitches. Additionally, an antibiotic is often prescribed to prevent secondary infections. Treatment varies depending on each patient’s condition.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
The time it takes for a tissue injury to heal largely depends on how bad or deep the cut is. Thankfully, your mouth contains many blood vessels that promote quick healing.
Accidents happen. We are here to help with Emergency Dental Calgary services. We offer walk-in same-day emergency dental treatment.
Emergency Dental Care FAQ’s
What is Classed as a Dental Emergency?
Your tooth is hurting really bad, is it a dental emergency or should you simply make an appointment for a routine dental exam? A dental emergency is any issue involving your teeth or gums that needs to be treated right away by a dental professional. Furthermore, if it cannot wait a day or more to be treated it’s classed as a dental emergency.
Different Types of Dental Emergencies:
Bleeding or trauma to the mouth
Severe pain that interferes with your daily activities
A lost or chipped tooth
An abscess or other serious infection
A loose tooth – adults should never have a loose tooth
What is Classed as a Dental Emergency? 7 Common Examples
While a routine cavity is not typically classed as a dental emergency, a really sore adult tooth that’s loose and about to fall out is. Here are some classic examples of a dental emergency:
1. Your Toothache is Severe and Persistent
If your toothache is so painful that it is preventing you from going about your day as you normally would, it’s time to visit your dentist. On the other hand, if you can muster through the pain and get on with your day, or if the pain comes on sporadically (say for instance when you chew on one side of your mouth), you can probably get away with making an appointment for the next day or so.
2. Your Jaw is Swollen
A swollen jaw can indicate a serious infection that needs to be treated right away, such as a salivary gland infection. This is a bacterial infection typically caused by a blockage that prevents your saliva from doing its job. Serious symptoms to look out for that may accompany a swollen jaw include a bad taste in your mouth, fever, difficulty swallowing or breathing.
3. Trauma to Your Mouth, Including a Chipped or Broken Tooth
Did you get hit in the face with a ball or take a hard tumble playing flag football? Trauma to the mouth is often classed as a dental emergency. Anything from a chipped tooth to a tooth that has gone through a part of your gum requires immediate attention from a dental professional.
4. Your Tooth is Completely Knocked Out
If your tooth is completely knocked out of your mouth, try and recover it and then visit your dentist right away. In some cases, if you act fast enough, your dentist may be able to preserve and reinsert your tooth.
Pick up the tooth by the top (or crown) and rinse it off carefully. If you can, try and place it back in its socket. Otherwise, put it in a small container with milk and go to the dentist right away.
5. You Have a Dental Abscess
An abscess is incredibly painful because it tends to impact the root of your tooth, where all of the feeling is. An abscess forms over time due to an untreated cavity, severe gum disease, or a chipped tooth.
Signs that you have a dental abscess include a bad taste in your mouth that won’t go away, pus, swollen glands, and/or a fever. A dental abscess may require emergency dental surgery to drain away the infection.
6. Numb Tooth
Is your tooth suddenly numb? Was it sore before? This is a sign of a bad infection, possibly even an abscess, that has spread to the root of your tooth and requires immediate attention.
7. There’s a Metal Taste in Your Mouth
The taste of metal in your mouth is not a good sign, especially if you have fillings because it may indicate a cracked or loose filling that is now leaching metal into your mouth. Even worse, this leaves your tooth susceptible to new infections and cavities. If you ignore it, it’ll likely turn into a painful toothache or cavity that requires a root canal. Your dentist will need to replace the filling and clean out any infection or bacteria as soon as possible.
How to Know if It’s Not a Dental Emergency
You can wait a couple of days before seeing your dentist.
A minor toothache that comes and goes and is not accompanied by bumps on your gums, a fever, or swelling of the face.
A lost crown or filling is not necessarily a dental emergency. Still, you should call your dentist right away and let them know so they can get you on the schedule. You might be able to secure the crown back in place temporarily using denture adhesive or sugar free gum. Always call your dentist and ask first.
If you’re ever unsure if you’re facing a dental emergency or not, contact your dentist right away and they will be able to help you decide.
Where to Go for a Dental Emergency in Calgary
At Macleod Trail Dental, we always leave open spots in our schedule to take on dental emergencies. If you need urgent dental care, call us today (403) 253-1248 – we are here to help.
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