Dental emergencies come in many different forms. From severe tooth pain, to a broken tooth, to a tooth that has been knocked out, there are numerous reasons why you may need to visit an emergency dental clinic in Edmonton.
Here are some helpful tips from the Edmonton dentists of the Azarko Dental Group about what to do in the event of a dental emergency, and how to prevent dental emergencies from happening in the first place.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
The best way to handle a dental emergency is to try your best to prevent one from happening at all!
Since many dental emergencies are the result of falls or impacts during sporting events, you should make sure to always wear a mouth guard when playing sports. Mouth guards do a fantastic job of not only protecting your teeth, but your gums as well.
During everyday life it is also advisable that you avoid using your teeth as tools. Your teeth are only meant to chew food, not to be used as scissors or pliers. Speaking of chewing, you should additionally stay away from foods that are too hard or sticky for you to chew comfortably. Hard food can crack your teeth, and sticky food can pull out your fillings.
Finally, dental emergencies that aren't the result of trauma but rather of tooth pain and other oral health problems can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your Edmonton dentist as often as recommended.
What to Do During a Dental Emergency
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, or if one of your teeth has been broken, chipped, or knocked out, then you should get yourself to an emergency Edmonton dentist right away. For unbearable pain and discomfort you can try taking over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen. Holding a cold compress to the affected area can also help alleviate the pain.
It is important not to panic if one of your teeth has been knocked out. The tooth can likely be reattached if it is found and brought to a dentist in time. Following these steps will give you the best chance at reattachment:
- After you find the tooth, give it a light rinse.
- If you can, place the tooth back in its socket and gently bite down on a cloth or piece of gauze.
- If transporting the tooth in its socket is not a possibility, then you can carry it in your cheek or in a glass of salt water.
- Get yourself to the Azarko Dental West office as quickly as you can.
The Azarko Dental West office in Edmonton is a dental clinic that provides emergency dental services every single day of the week with minimal wait times, ensuring that you get the care and attention you need as quickly as possible.
We are open on evenings and holidays, so don't hesitate to come see us or to call ahead if you have any concerns or questions about how to deal with your dental emergency.