Just like any other accident, dental emergencies can happen anytime, day or night, which means a visit to your emergency dentist in Hamilton.
But how do you know what constitutes an emergency?
If ignored, the following situations could increase the risk of greater damage that could lead to a permanent or a much costlier condition to treat. Call your dentist immediately for instructions on how to treat a dental emergency before arriving at the office. For any of the problems below, see an emergency dentist in Hamilton right away.
Types of emergencies:
- Abscess. Abscesses are severe infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. An abscess is a pimple-like swelling of the gum and is usually painful – but not always. You should never let an abscess go untreated. Abscesses can damage tissues and surrounding teeth, and the infection can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.
- Severe toothaches. Toothaches can occur due to food (or an object) becoming lodged between teeth. In that case, try to remove it gently with dental floss. If there is swelling, severe pain or an accompanying fever, it is more serious. It may indicate the presence of an abscess or severe cavity that needs to be treated right away.
- Broken or chipped teeth. Broken and chipped teeth are common, especially for patients involved in sports. If it's a small break, a white filling can be used to fix the tooth. If the break is serious, a root canal may be needed, or a crown (also called a cap) may be applied to the tooth.
- Knocked out tooth. If a tooth has become completely dislodged, rinse it with water and very gently try to put it back in its place (socket). If that’s not possible or there’s a chance it will be swallowed, place it in a container of cold milk and go to the nearest dentist. Knocked out teeth may re-root if returned to its socket within ten minutes to one hour of being knocked out. A partially knocked out tooth also needs to be seen right away.
- Lost filling. If a filling has fallen out, try putting a piece of softened sugarless chewing gum in the spot where the filling was lost. This helps protect the area for a short period while you’re on the way to your dentist.