Accidents can happen at any time. At St. Andrew’s Dental Centre we offer emergency dental care to Aurora, Newmarket, King City and Oak Ridges’ residents. It is important to know what can be done to avoid losing a tooth before you come to see us. Here are some ways you can take care of the most common dental injuries. Please call us as at 905 727 4243 as soon as possible.
Dental Emergency: Knocked out tooth
If a tooth is completely knocked out, it should be quickly rinsed off with water, but never scrubbed. The tooth should be held by the crown (top), not the root, so you do not damage the ligaments. In a cooperative adult, the tooth should be put back in the socket. Many people may be uncomfortable re-implanting the tooth on their own. If this is the case, be sure to transport the tooth to the doctor or dentist in saline, milk, or saliva.
Dental Emergency: Chipped or broken tooth
If a tooth is chipped or broken, the first thing to worry about is the bleeding. Apply direct, gentle pressure to the affected gum area, not the tooth itself to stop the bleeding. Rinse your mouth gently with warm water and then apply a cold compress to the area. If you find a piece of the tooth, bring it with you when you go to the dentist. Use a pain killer in small doses to relieve any pain.
Dental Emergency: Toothache
Over-the counter pain medications may be used while you arrange a dental appointment. Avoid cold or hot foods because this may worsen the pain. Relief may be obtained by biting on a cotton ball soaked in oil of cloves.
Emergency Dental Care with Nitrous Oxide Sedation
At St. Andrew’s Dental Centre we can use nitrous oxide sedation to treat your dental emergency. Nitrous oxide is a colourless, sweet smelling, and non-irritating gas also known as “laughing gas” that is used to relax you. It makes you feel more comfortable during your dental treatment. The more deeply you breathe, the more you’ll feel the effects of nitrous oxide.