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When to Call an Emergency Dentist

Emergency Dentistry plays a pivotal role in maintaining our oral health. Dental emergencies are potentially severe situations that require immediate medical attention. In fact, delays in seeking care can lead to complications, further damage, or even loss of teeth. This article elaborates on critical situations when calling an emergency dentist is indispensable.

Severe Toothache:

The intensity of a toothache can vary, spanning from slight discomfort to extreme, debilitating pain. When it crosses the threshold to the point of being unbearable, it’s a signal to contact an emergency dentist immediately. Conditions like dental abscesses, a cracked tooth, or advanced tooth decay can cause severe pain. Neglecting such symptoms could lead to serious complications like an infection spreading to the surrounding tissues or even to other parts of the body.

Knocked-Out Tooth:

A knocked-out tooth is a definite dental emergency. Immediate action can make the difference between saving and losing the tooth. Gently clean the tooth without scrubbing, keep it moist (preferably in a tooth preservation product or milk), and get to an emergency dentist as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence here: the quicker you act, the higher the chances of the tooth being saved.

Broken or Fractured Tooth:

Fractures can range from minor chips to significant breaks, each requiring a different level of emergency dentistry. A severe fracture can cause immense pain and lead to infection if not treated promptly. Temporary measures like rinsing with warm water and applying a cold compress can be helpful, but a visit to your emergency dentist is essential to prevent further damage.

Swelling or Infections:

Oral swellings or infections can result from various causes, including dental abscesses or gum disease. When these conditions are not promptly addressed, they have the potential to escalate and extend to other areas of the body, creating substantial health hazards. Therefore, any signs of swelling or infection should necessitate an urgent consultation with the emergency dentist.

Dental Trauma:

Dental trauma can be the result of accidents or sports injuries. Even when there is no apparent damage, it’s crucial to seek immediate dental care. Invisible injuries such as root fractures or dislodged teeth can occur, which require professional evaluation and treatment.

Uncontrolled Bleeding:

Oral bleeding, especially if it’s severe or continuous, requires immediate attention. It could be a sign of gum disease or a complication from a dental procedure. If you encounter uncontrolled bleeding, it’s crucial to contact an emergency dentist without delay.

Loose or Dislodged Tooth:

Various factors can lead to a tooth becoming loose or dislodged. If you experience such a situation, avoid touching the root, keep the tooth moist, and seek immediate dental attention. An emergency dentist’s prompt evaluation is crucial to prevent further damage or tooth loss.

Sudden and Severe Sensitivity:

While temporary sensitivity is common and, in some cases, expected, a sudden, intense sensitivity might signal a serious issue, such as an exposed nerve or dental fracture. If you experience persistent, severe sensitivity, it’s time to schedule a visit with an emergency dentist.

 

In conclusion, recognizing dental emergencies and seeking immediate care is of utmost importance. Early intervention can often prevent more extensive and costly dental treatments, like a tooth extraction.

Consistent dental examinations also play a key role in the early detection of potential problems, preventing them from developing into urgent situations. Remember, when it comes to dental health, ‘a stitch in time saves nine.’

 

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Simrit has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She started her career with Assisting/Treatment co-ordinating and then moved on to becoming the Hygiene Co Ordinator in 2005. In 2012 she took on a new role as the Marketing Director. Though she loved being the Marketing Director, in 2015 she became the Office Manager of Torbram Dental. She completed her Level 1 Dental Assisting program with Career Canada in 1996 and then went on to complete her Level II Dental Assisting Diploma with Southwestern Medix in 1999. That is when she received NDAEB Certification. Simrit has been and still is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2000. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and two kids and loves to explore new restaurants, especially high-tea venues.

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Sana is a valued member of our dental hygiene team. In 2008 she completed her education at George Brown in Dental Assisting and in 2016 she earned her diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Sciences. Sana has been working in dentistry since 2008 and enjoys taking care of our patients and helping them with their oral health. She is married and is busy with her 2 young children. In her spare time, Sana enjoys going out with the family, trying out new places to eat and is looking forward to travelling with them in the future.

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Carrie has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She graduated from George Brown College in 1998 with a Dental Assistant Diploma and continued to further her education by completing a Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2001 at Durham College. Carrie is a highly trained and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist who continues to learn and grow by updating her knowledge to provide her clients with the best Oral Health Care techniques and information. Carrie is passionate about Dentistry and is known for her gentle and compassionate manner. She feels strongly about building lasting relationships and trust with her clients to help them understand that good Oral Health leads to good Overall Health. Carrie enjoys travelling, dabbling in decorating and a good Netflix series in her time off. Carrie resides in Halton Hills with her husband and two children.

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Daniela's interest in Dentistry began in Gr.6 when she wrote a speech entitled "My Life as a Toothbrush".
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Her thorough yet gentle touch will ensure a comfortable visit every time.
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