We all know that an emergency can happen at any time. If you’re lucky, you might have a dentist appointment scheduled on the same day that your emergency occurs and your dentist can treat it immediately. More often, however, an emergency will occur when you have no appointment, and possibly even outside of your dentist’s regular office hours. Fortunately, certain dental issues can be treated to a certain extent at home, giving you some time until you can see us at Harbourview Dental. Please give us a call as soon as possible to find time to visit us, but in the meantime, here are a few steps you can take to tend to your emergency in Burlington.
Toothaches are often a warning sign of a more complicated or serious problem. Possible causes of toothache include trauma, infection, cavities, or erupting wisdom teeth. When you visit us at Harbourview Dental, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to determine the primary cause of the pain and recommend treatment. In the meantime, the pain and discomfort can be eased with over-the-counter painkillers and possibly a cold compress.
An avulsed (knocked-out) tooth will require prompt treatment in order to save it and put it back in place. Contact us immediately to schedule an appointment and in the meantime, save the tooth to bring into our office. Handle it only by the crown, not the root, and gently rinse it with water only (do not try to wash it with soap). Keep the tooth either in its socket (if it can be held there with gauze) or in a cup of water or milk.
Apply a dental cement to the cracked tooth to aid with any pain and to preserve the tooth until it can be treated.
Like a toothache, sore gums can be a sign of other issues. Gum disease is a common cause of sore gums. This will require prompt treatment to prevent the problem from worsening. To alleviate the discomfort until you can visit us, rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Additionally, ensure that the gums are clear of any food or debris.
Even if you are not in pain or discomfort, it is a good idea to contact us if you find something amiss with your teeth or gums. Give us a call at Harbourview Dental to make an appointment in Burlington.