At Dentistry at Vitality Health, we can often accommodate emergencies the same day they occur. In the event of a daytime emergency, call us at 905-479-7777. In the event of an after-hours emergency, call our office and dial “3″. This line will give you instructions on how to reach Dr. Singh or an associate.
Dental Emergency Tips
In all of the following situations do not hesitate to call your dental health care provider or go to your closest emergency room. Also check our Frequently Asked Questions for additional advice.
- Bitten Lip or Tongue Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling and bleeding. If the bleeding doesn’t stop contact your dentist.
- Broken Tooth Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down. If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity in the affected tooth, see us immediately as this indicates the tooth nerve may be injured.
- Possible Jaw Fracture Apply cold compresses to control the swelling. Call your dentist immediately or go to your closest emergency room.
- Tooth Knocked Out Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If the tooth is clean and you are able to, gently insert the tooth back into its socket and hold it firmly in place. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth into a cup of milk or saline (contact-lens solution works well) and get to our office as quickly as possible. Remember to bring the tooth with you!
- Objects Caught Between Teeth Try to gently remove the object with dental floss; avoid cutting the gums. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can’t dislodge the object using dental floss call your dentist immediately.
- Toothache Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, Call your dentist immediately.