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Have an emergency?  We offer same-day appointments for dental emergencies

– Dr. Jennifer Silver

dental emergency calgary

No one can plan for a dental emergency. At Macleod Trail Dental, we understand that time is of the essence in such situations and make every effort to accommodate your emergency needs. Our Calgary dental emergency team is well trained and well equipped to handle any situation and we offer effective and affordable treatments for:

  • Intense toothaches
  • A chipped, fractured or cracked tooth
  • Lost fillings
  • Tissue injury
  • Facial pain/swelling

Due to the crucial nature of emergency situations, we have assigned blocks in our daily schedule that are specifically allocated to dental injuries or unforeseen accidents which require immediate attention. We empathize with the pain and anxiety such circumstances can cause and want to address the situation as quickly as possible with same-day emergency dental care.

Severe Toothache

Treatment

A toothache is a pain around the tooth that may be caused by tooth decay, abscessed tooth, infected gums, tooth fracture or a damaged filling.

The treatment for a toothache depends on the cause. To get a better idea, your dentist will do a physical examination of your mouth, teeth, gums, jaw and tongue and x-rays may have to be taken. Possible treatments include extraction, antibiotics and a root canal, if an infected nerve is the problem.

The treatment time will vary according to the treatment you receive.

Treatment Length

The length of your emergency treatment will vary according to the treatment you receive, but in general, an emergency treatment focuses on pain alleviation while follow-up appointments are used to treat the root issue.

Some treatment times include:

Root canal – Carried out by your dentist over two or more appointments, each of which is between 60-90 minutes.

Tooth filling – These can be completed in one 60-minute appointment.

Extraction – A tooth extraction can be carried out in one dental appointment, though you will need 1-2 weeks for a full recovery.

Chipped, cracked or broken teeth

Treatment

Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth will depend on the extent of damage.

Filling: If you have just chipped off a small piece of the tooth enamel, your dentist will be able to repair it with a filling. If the affected tooth is one that is visible (i.e. in the front of your mouth), a procedure called bonding will be done using a tooth-colored composite resin.

Dental Cap/Crown: If there is a lot of decay or the damaged area is very large, your tooth may need to be covered with a crown or tooth-shaped cap, made to protect the tooth and improve its appearance.

Dental Veneers: If your tooth is chipped or broken, a natural-colored dental veneer can help it look whole and healthy again.

Root Canal: In the most severest of cases, if the break is large enough to expose the pulp, a root canal may need to be done to prevent infection.

Treatment Length

Dental crowns and veneers usually require two trips to the dentist, 2-3 weeks apart.

For 2-4 hours after a dental crown, patients typically experience numbness in the mouth area as well as minor tooth sensitivity. You should avoid cold/hot foods as well as chewing on the affected side for at least 2-3 days after treatment.

Unlike crowns, which require more of your tooth to be filed down, veneers require very little of your tooth to be shaved meaning that you will face much less pain during recovery. Also, you can expect the recovery from your first treatment to be significantly longer and more painful than the second, when you are fitted with the actual veneer.

Trapped objects

Treatment

Many objects such as popcorn hulls, meat fibres and seeds can become stuck between your teeth. If you have a habit of chewing on pens, pencils or toothpicks, a piece could easily break off and get stuck in your teeth.

Though such occurrences can mostly be resolved at home, if you find that you are unable to remove the trapped object or that it is causing you pain, then you must arrange an emergency appointment with your dentist.

There are a variety of techniques available to dentists to help them remove any trapped objects. If you are experiencing anxiety, we are able to offer no-fee sedation dentistry to help you relax.

Treatment Length

Such treatment typically only requires one appointment and no downtime, unless you opt for sedation. In such a case, you should be accompanied to and from the appointment by a responsible adult and take the rest of the day off work to recover.

Tissue injuries

Treatment

Cuts, lacerations or other wounds to the lips, tongue and cheek all constitute as trauma to the soft tissues of your mouth.

During such a dental emergency, you will need to explain what caused your recent trauma and the dentist will do a thorough physical exam of the area, checking for tooth and bone damage as well as looking for pieces of chipped tooth. While superficial wounds will heal on their own, larger cuts may require stitches but treatment varies depending on each patients’ circumstances.

An antibiotic is often prescribed after such an injury to prevent any future infections.

Treatment Length

The healing times for tissue injuries largely depend on how badly it is cut. However, the mouth contains many blood vessels which promotes quick healing.

Accidents happen and calling us immediately after a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth. At Macleod Trail Dental, we attend to our emergency patients immediately, offering same-day emergency treatment. One of our dentists will always be ready to assist you if you have experienced a dental injury.

If you are dealing with an emergency, never delay calling one of our capable dentists at 403-253-1248 or email us at info@macleodtraildental.ca.

 

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