Do You Have a Dental Emergency in Hamilton?
It never fails: You’re enjoying the weekend when you experience sudden and debilitating dental pain. You need a dentist, but business hours are long over. We understand how difficult it is to find an emergency dentist in Hamilton when you absolutely need one the most. Whether you need urgent treatment during or after business hours, we’re always here for you.
What constitutes emergency dental treatment? Anything that causes you severe dental pain, or threatens the health of your teeth is considered emergent. With some conditions, waiting too long to see a dentist may result in permanent tooth damage. Others may be less severe, but can still cause discomfort you shouldn’t needlessly suffer through.
Loosing a Tooth:
Teeth that are knocked free from the socket, or that become loose in the socket should be evaluated by a dentist ASAP. Complete the following if you have lost a tooth:
- Handle the tooth by the crown versus the roots
- Rinse the missing tooth beneath gently flowing water to wash away any debris
- If possible, place the tooth carefully and gently back into the socket to prevent the roots from drying out. It’s important that it doesn’t dry out.
- Alternately, place the tooth in a small container, fill with milk until it is submerged, and bring it with you
- Place a clean cloth or gauze in the socket and press down gently to control bleeding
- See a dentist immediately for possible replacement of the expelled tooth
Fracturing a Tooth:
Tooth fractures are a common emergency. Some fractures are minimal, such as a small nick to the edge of a tooth. Others may fracture the tooth completely in half, or take away a significant portion of it. You should complete the following if you have fractured any of your teeth:
- Rinse your mouth out with clean water
- Place a cold compress against the fractured tooth to help reduce swelling of the gums. You may also place a cold pack on your cheek over the fracture site if this is more comfortable
- Place any chipped or broken pieces of tooth in a small container of milk and bring with you to the dentist
It’s a good idea to call us even if you think a fracture is minimal. More serious fractures may result in the loss of teeth if not treated quickly.