Dental emergencies occur in many forms, all of which are very unpleasant and possibly even quite painful. Whether you’ve accidentally chipped your tooth chewing a piece of hard food, had a tooth knocked out by a fall, or cracked your dentures, dental emergencies are rightfully frustrating and stressful.
As difficult as it may seem, the best thing you can do in these situations is remain calm and collected. Sierra Dental provides around the clock emergency dental services to all patients; when we say we are here to serve you, we mean it.
The number to call for our toll-free, after-hours line is 403-297-9600. Once you have collected yourself, simply pick up the phone and call. One of our staff will be here to assist you.
With that, here are some excellent tips you can do before you get to our clinic. The quicker you take control of the situation, the better off you and your mouth will be.
How to Deal with a Broken Tooth
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.
How to React to a Cracked Tooth or Severe Toothache
Cracked teeth should be immediately cleaned with warm water, then covered with a cold compress (ice packs and wet wash cloths work well) while you are en route to the clinic. Patients experiencing a severe toothache are advised to brush and floss the affected tooth as best as they can.
Some dental emergencies can be life-threatening. Regardless of the circumstances, it is always best to err on the safe side and call your doctor as soon as the situation occurs. You should never take any chances with your health, especially when you are unclear about how much damage has been done.
Remember, the staff at Sierra Dental are available 7 days a week for your convenience. We will have your mouth back to normal in no time.