Common dental emergencies can include:
• Teeth knocked out or fractured
• Broken teeth or fillings
• Cracked teeth
• Abscessed teeth
• Lip lacerations
• Local swelling or facial swelling
Dental emergencies can happen to anybody, and they usually occur at times and places where they are least expected.
Dental emergencies can be caused by accidents - such as a blow to the mouth perhaps during a sports event, or by biting on something too hard. They can also be caused by leaving a cavity too long, and the decay reaches the nerve of the tooth, causing severe pain. Sometimes however, the tooth may become infected for no apparent reason and begin to ache. A tooth can also cause severe pain if it cracks - which may be caused by a number of factors such as teeth grinding, wear and tear, and uneven chewing pressure.
Whatever the cause, when a patient comes to us in crisis, our first priority is to ease their pain, and make them comfortable. Later, treatments such as fillings, root canals, dental bonding, dental crowns, dental bridges, or dental implants may be necessary to fully repair the damaged or lost tooth.
What to Do
During business hours please call the office and we will make every effort to see you. If your emergency occurs after hours, if you have a broken or chipped tooth that is not hurting, please leave a message on our machine and we will contact you as soon as the office opens. If you are in severe pain or have a dental emergency that cannot wait, and you are a patient of record, at our Zurich Dental Office, call 519-236-4341 for further instructions. If you are not a patient of record, or are unable to get ahold of us, please go to your nearest hospital emergency department.