While you might do your best to ensure that your mouth is healthy, injuries and other issues can still occur. Moreover, when they do occur, they are often sudden and unexpected. When faced with a dental emergency, it is important to remain calm. At Apex Surgical - Centre for Oral and Facial Surgery, we can help you to take the right steps to protect your oral and your overall health.

What constistutes a dental emergency?

Accidents happen. Some accidents might not cause any harm, while others can cause significant damage and pain. So, how do you know if what you are experiencing is a dental emergency?

Assess the amount of pain that you are feeling. The more significant the pain, the greater the likelihood that you have a dental emergency. Are you bleeding? Bleeding can be a potential indication of an emergency, particularly if it is severe. Have you lost a tooth or are your teeth loose? Do you have an infection? Infections may not be visibly noticeable, but there are certain symptoms that can indicate one is present. Symptoms include a painful toothache and swelling in your jaw. Infections can be life-threatening and should be addressed immediately.

What Types of Injuries are Considered Dental Emergencies?

There are several common types of dental emergencies that should be addressed as soon as possible. These types of emergencies include loose teeth, teeth that have been cracked or chipped, avulsed, or knocked out teeth, and tooth infections. If you are experiencing any of these issues, it is important to schedule an emergency appointment. If it is after office hours, on the weekend, or during a holiday, and the issue is severe, you may need to seek emergency care from an emergency room. Following your initial treatment, you should schedule a follow-up appointment with us so that we can assess your situation and determine if any additional care is required.

What Isn’t an Emergency?

There are some types of injuries that might seem significant, but they can wait until the office is open again to be addressed. It is important that you take good care of the injury, and your mouth, in the meantime, though. For instance, a chipped or cracked tooth that does not have sharp edges, and that is not very painful can typically wait. Minor toothaches where you do not have symptoms of an abscess can also often wait, as can issues such as a lost filling or crown. Knowing what types of injuries are not emergencies can save you an unnecessary trip to the emergency room.

How Can I Prepare for a Dental Emergency?

Taking good care of your mouth can help to keep it healthy and prevent some dental emergencies from happening. Good oral hygiene alone is not enough to prevent all emergencies, however. There are things that you can do to be prepared if an emergency does develop. Knowing what is and what isn’t an emergency is one step. Another step is preparing a dental emergency kit. This is not unlike a medical emergency kit, except that it is stocked with items specifically for dealing with dental issues. Keep items like clean gauze, sterile solution, paraffin wax, and an empty container in a box and store it where you can easily access it if needed. It can also help to have our phone number stored in the kit or on your phone so that you do not have to search for it.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, no matter how insignificant it might seem, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Call Apex Surgical at 250.371.7076 for more information today.