2 Jane Street, Suite 505
Toronto, ON. M6S 4W3
Same Day Appointments With Our Emergency Dentists!For emergencies or urgent care, appointments are best made by calling our dental clinic (preferably in the morning) or coming in person. Let us know how quickly you can arrive, so that we can plan for your needs. For after-hours assistance, our answering machine will give you further directions. Don’t wait, call your family dentist immediately.
Types of Dental Emergencies
Having a ToothacheIf your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. Call our Toronto dentists straight away for emergency care.
Chipped or Broken TeethWhen possible, save any pieces that you can find. Rinse your mouth with warm water; including any broken pieces. If you’re bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain until you can arrive at our dental clinic.
Knocked-out ToothAfter you retrieve your tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth), and rinse off the tooth root only if it's visibly dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to put the tooth temporarily back in place before seeing us. Make sure it's facing the right way and never force it into the socket. Your tooth being surrounded by natural tissues helps improve the chance of saving it. For your best chances of saving a knocked-out tooth, place it back into the socket within 1 hour of it being knocked out. If it's not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available) and bring it to our practice. In all cases, Contact our emergency dentists immediately!
Losing a Filling or CrownAs a temporary measure, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) and then call our Emergency Dentist Bloor West for directions on what to do next. Do not attempt to fix the tooth yourself. For crowns, store your restoration in a zip-top bag and bring it with you to your appointment.
Broken Orthodontics Brackets or WiresIf a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket or band and is poking your cheek, tongue or gum, try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a more comfortable position. If you can't reposition the wire, cover the end with orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball, or piece of gauze until you can get to our office. Never cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or breathing it into your lungs.
Loose Brackets and BandsTemporarily reattach loose braces with a small piece of orthodontic wax. Alternatively, place wax over the braces to provide a cushion. If the problem is a loose band, save it and call our emergency dentists immediately to have it re-cemented or replaced.
AbscessAbscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated. Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abscess, see us immediately, especially if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum that usually is painful. In the meantime, to ease the pain, rinse your mouth with a mild salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day. Apply ice to the swollen area right away.
Bleeding or Pain after ExtractionsSlight bleeding after an extraction is normal. Clots usually form within one hour if you follow your dentist's post-op instructions. Place a thick gauze pad over the extraction site and apply pressure by biting on the gauze. Wet a tea bag and place it on the extraction site and bite on it. Avoid rinsing, drinking or eating for at least one hour following the extraction. After 24 hours rinse the area with warm salt water (1/2 tsp. salt in 8 oz of water) after eating to keep the site clean. Avoid sucking, spitting, and smoking.
Our Emergency Dental Clinic & ServicesContact a member of our team if you're experiencing a dental emergency and we'll bring you in for an appointment on the same day! For more information about our other dental services, click here!
While emergency dentists fall under the category of general dentistry, they have additional training to handle dental emergencies effectively. Most emergency dentists are regular dentists who have opted to receive specialized training in order to provide prompt and efficient care for urgent dental issues.
You should see an emergency dentist if you experience severe tooth pain, have a broken or knocked-out tooth, suffer from oral bleeding, have a dental abscess or infection, or encounter any other urgent dental issue that cannot wait for regular dental office hours. In addition, if you have a loose or displaced tooth, a severe dental injury resulting from an accident or trauma, or if you have sudden swelling or inflammation in your mouth, it is advisable to seek immediate attention from an emergency dentist. These signs indicate a need for urgent dental care to prevent further complications or alleviate severe pain.
To prevent dental emergencies, maintain regular oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily. Wear protective gear during sports, avoid chewing on hard objects, and address dental issues promptly. Additionally, maintain a healthy diet, avoid tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption, and keep your dentist's contact information readily available. By practicing these preventive measures and being proactive in your dental care, you can minimize the risk of dental emergencies and maintain optimal oral health.
An emergency dentist in Toronto is equipped to handle various dental emergencies. They can provide immediate care for severe pain, bleeding, tooth loss, infections, and other urgent dental issues. They have the expertise and resources to alleviate pain, treat dental trauma, and offer prompt solutions to save teeth or manage infections.