Emergency Dentist Airdrie
Our dental clinic in Airdrie has a dentist on call to assist patients if they have a dental emergency.
Call (403) 768-1000 to contact our office for emergency dental care.
We understand dental emergencies can cause stress and pain, but we have the resources to help with a wide range of issues.
Some common dental emergencies we assist with include:
- Severe tooth or mouth pain
- Chipped or knocked-out teeth
- Emergency tooth extraction
- Swelling or damaged gum tissue
- Damaged crowns, caps, bridges and dentures
Emergency Dental Clinic in Airdrie
Peace of mind is immensely valuable in a time of a dental emergency.
Our emergency phone service has a dentist on staff who will provide information on your situation to the best of their abilities.
While it is easier to coordinate and schedule an examination and treatment if a patient calls beforehand, we provide walk-in treatments as well.
Patients are welcome to come in anytime during open hours and wait for treatment.
In some situations, our dentists may rearrange their schedules to see a patient before others or may even see a patient after hours if necessary.
Time is a large factor in dental treatment and recovery.
At Sierra Dental Airdrie, we strive to provide treatment based on a patient’s specific needs.
What Should I Do in a Dental Emergency?
Every situation is different when it comes to emergency dental care.
Whether dental pain develops suddenly, or over time, it can still be a sign for a patient to see a dentist as soon as possible.
Even if the pain subsides for a while before coming back, it could still be a sign of damaged teeth or gums.
There are a few options for pain management in the meantime while the patient waits to see the dentist.
Avoid food and drinks which are very warm or very cool.
Floss carefully between damaged teeth to remove food or debris.
Never apply aspirin directly to a damaged tooth or gum tissue, as it may cause a chemical burn to the area.
However, taking aspirin orally according to the manufacturer’s instructions may help to relieve pain.
If a tooth is knocked out, the sooner you make it to a dentist after having a tooth knocked out, the better chance of successful reattachment.
Our dentists are aware timing is key to saving a tooth and may be able to help a patient immediately in this case.
If you can see the dentist within one hour of being knocked out, this would be the best-case scenario. The less time the tooth has stayed out of the socket, the better.
In the situation that you cannot see the dentist right away, you can follow these steps at home to help preserve the tooth.
If your permanent adult tooth has been knocked out with no breaks in its structure, it is crucial to keep the tooth clean and moist before seeing your dentist.
- If possible, try to place it back into the socket carefully and bite down gently to hold the tooth in place.
- If it is too painful to put the tooth back into the socket, you can place it between your cheek and gum.
Red or bleeding gums can also be a sign of a dental emergency.
This may be a sign of infection or gingivitis and should be seen by a dentist as soon as possible.
The worst way to treat dental pain is by ignoring it.
Issues affecting oral health often are a result or may lead to other conditions related to the rest of the body.
- An infection in the mouth may spread to other parts of the body
- Stress may also result in damage to joints on either side of the jaw.
- Making sure your oral health is taken care of will lead to a healthier body overall.
Contact us now at 403-768-1000 for emergency phone services or to schedule an appointment.
EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENT
We understand that you are busy and don’t always have time to visit a dentist for a routine checkup in the middle of your Monday. That’s why we offer extended hours from the top of the morning at 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM Monday through Thursday.
We are also open all throughout the weekend. That’s right, we’re open every day of the week.
DIRECT BILLING TO INSURANCE PLANS
To alleviate some of your stress, we offer direct billing, predeterminations of treatments, and financial arrangements to all our patients to ensure smooth and easy payment transactions.
PAYMENT PLANS & FINANCING AVAILABLE
We understand that dental services can be an unexpected expense. That’s why we offer flexible payment plans and options to suit our patients’ needs. Speak with one of our dental assistants to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental emergencies can be very serious, even life-threatening. It’s important to be aware of what constitutes a dental emergency, especially if you have recently had dental work done, or have other health conditions that put you at risk. Here are some situations that would definitely require emergency dentistry:
- Knocked-out tooth
- Fractured or Cracked tooth
- Soft Tissue Injury
- Abscess or Infection
If one or more of your teeth has become completely dislodged, preservation should be your number one priority. You will want to keep the tooth as protected and intact as possible, and that means making sure it doesn’t dry out.
There are a few ways you can do this: place the missing tooth in milk or an ADA-approved, tooth preservation material (e.g. Save-A-Tooth), keep it in your mouth between your cheek and gums, or gently place it back in the socket, taking care to not disturb the exposed root.
Cracked teeth should be immediately cleaned with warm water, then covered with a cold compress (ice packs and wet washcloths work well) while you are en route to the clinic. Patients experiencing severe toothache are advised to brush and floss the affected tooth as best as they can.
When one of your teeth gets knocked out, whether it’s in the midst of a fight or you’re in a traumatic accident (vehicle or sports), there are methods of saving the tooth (or teeth). In fact, sometimes your actual tooth can be re-implanted (though not always). This implant has to happen within minutes if you hope to keep that tooth for the rest of your life.
Find the tooth, but don’t pick it up by the root. Rinse with water or milk to remove any dirt (but do not keep it in the liquid).
You can replace the tooth before getting to the dentist to keep it as healthy as possible before your dentist can work on it. However, never replace a child’s baby tooth.
A broken crown qualifies as a dental emergency, so the first thing you should do after noticing something is wrong is immediately call your dentist. Aside from potentially being painful, the risk of developing a bacterial infection goes up the longer you wait to have the crown repaired.