Emergency dentist in Toronto
At Dental Care Group, it is important to us that we have an emergency dentist available to treat our patients when they need it most. Our team will always do our best to treat your dental emergency as quickly and effectively as possible.
If you have a dental emergency, call us first thing in the morning. We open at 8 am, and we have time set aside each day to address any patient emergencies that may occur.
When should I see an emergency dentist?
Dental emergencies can vary quite drastically case by case. Sometimes it is pain or discomfort, and other times it could be a broken crown or fractured tooth. Other examples that would warrant seeing an emergency dentist include:
- Toothache and pain
- Severe swelling
- Abscessed tooth
- Lost filling
- Loose/broken crowns or bridges
- Chipped tooth
- Broken braces
No matter what the dental emergency you are experiencing, it is important that you contact us right away.
Why is early attention so important?
As with most medical issues, timely action and treatment can greatly improve the end result. Dentistry is no exception. Even something that may seem small, like a loose crown, can have a significant impact on your dental health and structure in the long term if left untreated.
Did you know that 14 percent of people will experience a dental emergency of some kind during their lifetime? It’s important to have a proper action plan ready when they do happen, so here are some common emergencies and how you can handle them.
Toothache – The pain of a toothache can come in many variations. It can be sudden and piercing, or more of a throb. The cause can be due to decay, a broken tooth, a crack, an infection, a lost restoration, and more. For temporary relief, hold a warm cloth against your cheek. If your cheek is swollen, use a cool compress intermittently. But the important thing to do is call us at (416) 769-2273 and make an appointment. Toothaches may subside, but the pain will return 100%. Teeth do not heal on their own and need our help. We’ll relieve the pain and address the issue quickly.
Chipped or Broken Tooth – If you chip or break a tooth, call us at Dental Care Group immediately. If the chip or break is due to an impact, rinse your mouth as soon as possible to remove any possible debris or dirt. Sports injuries are a major cause of these injuries, so be sure to always wear a mouthguard during any sport where there’s a risk of contact with another player or any surface. We can make a professionally fitted mouthguard for you right here in our office.
Knocked-Out Tooth – Bite on a clean cloth or gauze if you have it. This will help stop any bleeding. For a permanent tooth, gently rinse it holding it by the crown (white enamel part) only, remove the gauze, and place the tooth back in its socket.
If that’s not possible, put the tooth in a container and cover it with milk or saline solution. Either way, come to us immediately. If possible, call us at (416) 769-2273 first so that we can be prepared to immediately deliver our compassionate care.
Extruded Tooth – An extruded tooth is a tooth that is partially displaced from its natural position, usually due to an impact and is often sports related. If you have a tooth pushed inward or outward, don’t force the tooth back into position. Call us, your dentist in Toronto, for immediate assistance.
Badly Bitten Lip or Tongue – If there is bleeding, use a clean cloth or gauze and press down on the cut. If the lip is swollen, use an ice pack to help reduce the swelling. If the bleeding does not stop, you should be seen by an ER doctor who will assess if you require stitches or not.
Something Stuck Between Teeth – First, never poke between your teeth with a pin or similar sharp, pointy object as it can cut your gums, cause infection, or scratch your tooth’s enamel. Always use dental floss to remove the object very gently and carefully. If you can’t remove it, call (416) 769-2273. Here’s a tip: Never ever flush your floss … or you’ll have another type of emergency that only a plumber can fix!
Lost Filling – When a filling is lost, it could result in great nerve sensitivity, sharp edges that could cut your tongue, and a nasty food trap. Safeguard your tooth by putting a bit of orthodontic wax or sugarless chewing gum in the filling’s place to protect the area for a short period of time. Call us, your dentist in Toronto, as soon as possible, so we can fit you in for a repair and get you smiling again!
How can you prepare in advance for when the unexpected happens?
We all make plans for fun and games … or just our regular day-to-day lives … and never, ever does the plan include having to contend with an injury. This is why we’re here to help you if it happens and to help you be prepared. While we hope you never need to use an emergency dental kit, we’ve put the basics down “on paper” so that you can put a kit together and keep it in handy in your home, your camper, your vehicle, or at the cottage. It’s easy to follow and all the items are readily available at your grocery store or pharmacy. Please feel free to forward the link of this article to friends and family, or even the coach of your kids’ sports teams (although we hope that, if there’s any chance of contact with any sport, everyone will be wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard – they’re available here at our practice). If you need any additional advice, be sure to ask us! That’s what we’re here for.
Dental Emergency Care Kit
- our emergency phone number – (416) 769-2273
- saline solution and a small, lidded container to transport a knocked-out tooth
- sterile cotton
- gauze or cloth
- orthodontic wax
- ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen, but not acetylsalicylic acid (also known as ASA or Aspirin®) as it may cause excessive bleeding in a dental emergency.
If you or a loved one has a dental emergency, contact us right away at (416) 769-2273. Our compassionate team at Dental Care Group will ease your pain and provide treatment to quickly get you smiling again!