Emergency Dentist Calgary SW
Dental emergencies are jarring and can occur without warning.
Sierra Dental is a dental clinic in Calgary with dentists on call 7 days a week to provide advice and services to anyone with a dental emergency. We understand that having a dental emergency is stressful, and having the right information available can make all the difference.
Give us a call (403) 297-9600. We’re happy to help!
Some common dental emergencies include:
- Severe toothaches
- Chipped or fractured tooth
- Tissue injury
- Facial pain and
- Swelling and lost fillings
We offer same-day appointments for dental emergencies.
There are so many factors patients may struggle with when they need emergency dental services.
You might find yourself asking these questions:
- How can I find a dental office that opens late or on weekends?
- How do I know my situation is an emergency?
- What if I need to make an appointment when I need help now?
- Where do I even start?
At Sierra Dental, we have the answers to all your important questions.
Our Emergency Dental Services
We understand that life happens and you can’t plan for emergencies.
In case of a dental emergency, here are a few tips to help you minimize the pain and save your natural tooth.
Fortunately, teeth can sometimes be reattached if a patient acts quickly.
Each case is treated differently based on factors such as how long the tooth has been knocked out, if damage has occurred to the jaw or gums, etc.
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.
- If it is too painful to put the tooth back into the socket, you can place it between your cheek and gum or in a glass of milk.
If your tooth was fractured, cracked or chipped, there is no home remedy for it. Pleasecall our clinic right away.
An x-ray may be required to examine the damage and determine the appropriate treatment options. If there is any bleeding, you can apply a soft gauze to the area until the bleeding stops. If there is any swelling or pain, you can apply cold pressure on the outside of the mouth in the affected area.
A range of treatments include filling, dental crown, dental veneers or a root canal.
Dental and facial pain could be the result of a serious issue, or could simply be a benign gum irritation. Fortunately, we can help mitigate pain and treat its underlying cause.
Knowing the severity of your pain is a key indicator of whether you are experiencing a dental emergency.
If it is a dull pain, there are a few things you can do at home including:
- Brush and floss the area in case there’s something stuck in the gum that caused the irritation.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water to soothe the irritation and remove any debris
- If you experience swelling, you can apply cold pressure on the outside of the mouth in the affected area.
If you are experiencing sharp pain, it can have deeper issues including tooth decay, an abscess, gum disease, damaged fillings or other hygiene problems. If this is the case, booking an emergency dental appointment is highly recommended.
Our dentist can help identify which issue is causing pain, offer prescriptions, and evaluate how to proceed with treatment. The examination may include a physical checkup of your mouth, your teeth, gum’s health, jaws and tongue. In some cases, an x-ray may be required. Based on your examination’s results, the appropriate treatment will be determined.
This can include:
- Tooth extraction
- Pain medication or antibiotic prescription
- Root canal treatment
A filling or crown can come loose and fall out when eating or from tooth decay. Having an exposed tooth can be very painful and increase the likelihood of decay or infection. You need to see a dentist as soon as possible.
If you cannot see the dentist right away, you can follow these steps to help minimize any pain and any further infections:
- To help mitigate pain and prevent infection, a patient can use over-the-counter tooth cement from a pharmacy to seal a missing filling. However, this is only a temporary fix.
- If a tooth crown is dislodged, thoroughly washing it and fitting it back over the tooth with tooth cement. This is also a temporary remedy until a dentist can help.
- If a crown falls off, bring the crown with you to the dentist.
When we see a patient for a missing filling or crown, we make sure their replacement fits securely and decay is removed.
How to Avoid Dental Emergencies
Even though dental emergencies happen regardless of how careful you are, there are a few things you can do to minimize the risks of injuries.
This might sound funny but please be mindful to use your teeth for chewing food only. Using your teeth to open packages might have a severe impact on your teeth and jaw. You can break, chip or fracture your teeth or cut your gum that might cause further gum diseases.
When playing a sport or participating in physical activities, please be advised to wear an appropriate mouthguard. This can act as a protection for teeth and jaw against any major impact.
What you eat is also important. Please listen to your dentist carefully after any surgery or treatment is done on your teeth. Only certain food is recommended after treatments. Hard food can also cause damage to your teeth.
Peace of Mind During an Emergency
Perhaps the greatest service we provide through our emergency dental clinic in Calgary is giving patients peace of mind.
By giving us a call, a patient has a place to start with treatment and recovery. Upon calling, patients can expect a dentist to answer questions to help with pain and concerns.
Give one of our professionals a call at 403-297-9600 for assistance and emergency dental information.
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 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 support our clients, 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
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call our clinic immediately at 403-297-9600. One of our dentists will be able to see you as early as immediately during our business hours.
- Knocked-out tooth
- Fractured or Cracked tooth
- Soft Tissue Injury
- Abscess or Infection
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.
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.