- For severe emergencies after hours, please go to the nearest hospital.
- Or contact our clinic at office hours as soon as possible at (905) 470-4289 or text us at (647) 899-0249 and you will be replied as soon as possible.
For a list of some common dental emergencies and what to do before coming to our office, see below.
Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. Call our office for an appointment as soon as possible.
CUT OR BITTEN TONGUE , LIP OR CHEEK
Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to a hospital.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Get immediate dental attention.
KNOCKED OUT PERMANENT TOOTH
Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not by the root end. Gently rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or salt water. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.
POSSIBLE BROKEN JAW
In the event of a jaw injury, gently tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to a hospital.
BLEEDING AFTER A BABY TOOTH FALLS OUT
Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, see a Dentist.
COLD OR CANKER SORES
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, call our office for an appointment.
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