Timely treatment for every dental emergency in Vancouver, because we care.
As careful as you may be, sometimes an emergency cannot be avoided. If your mouth has suffered a major trauma, prompt, competent care is critical to minimizing damage and saving natural teeth. In the event of a dental crisis, you can rely on us.
Knocked Out Tooth
Trauma to the mouth may totally dislodge a tooth, however the tooth may be restored if it is located and the injury is promptly treated.
It is important to keep the tooth from drying out. If you can, press the tooth back into its socket and gently bite down on a bit of gauze or fabric to keep the tooth in place. Failing that, you may place the tooth in a container filled with milk or in the pocket of your cheek until you can get to the emergency dentist or a doctor.
Knocked out teeth require immediate emergency treatment if the tooth is to be saved. If you are unable to reach our office, go to the nearest hospital emergency room for treatment.
Although there are several reasons a filling or crown may come loose, tooth decay is the most common culprit. Decay under or around the filling or crown can erode its bond with the tooth, causing it to detach and fall out. The exposed tooth is often sensitive to pressure, temperature, and air, and may cause mild to significant discomfort. While losing a filling or crown is not immediate cause for alarm and rarely results in serious damage, you should call our office as soon as possible to have it repaired.
Cracked or broken teeth are most often caused by physical trauma, including a blow to the mouth, biting down on something hard, or chronic stress from clenching and grinding. The affected tooth may cause mild to significant pain, especially when exposed to pressure.
While cracked or broken teeth are often easily repaired by your dentist, they do qualify as a dental emergency and should be treated as quickly as possible to prevent. If one of your teeth has been injured, call our office immediately to schedule an appointment.
Loose or partially dislodged teeth are a common injury; the connective tissues around teeth are somewhat fragile and can be stretched or torn with any moderate force. A tooth that is only a little loose may heal on its own, but dislodged teeth often require treatment and should be examined by a dentist to determine the severity of the injury. If the root has been damaged, a root canal may be recommended to restore (save) the tooth.
If your tooth has become loose or partially dislodged, call our office immediately to schedule an appointment.
Other Tooth Pain
The cause of dental pain may not be immediately obvious, but any form of tooth pain warrants a discussion with your dentist. If you are experiencing mild pain, including dull toothache or temperature sensitivity, let us know at your soonest regularly scheduled appointment. Moderate to severe pain, such as sharp pain while biting or chewing or intense aching, may signal a dental emergency and should be brought to our attention immediately.