Emergency Dental Care Toronto
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency or unforeseen complication, please contact us at (416) 699-5577 at any time. Weekend or after-hours calls will be directed to our emergency line.
We strive to accommodate all dental emergencies the same day!
It is the most frightening thing – the phone call from the school. Playground accidents happen, but you never think it will be your child. What do you do when a permanent tooth is completely knocked out? Although this is a rare occurrence, knowing how to help your child can greatly improve the odds of preserving that tooth.
How to help:
- Pick up the tooth without touching the root, gently rinse it off and quickly put it back in! The best and safest place for a tooth is right back in the socket where it came from. This allows the tooth to maintain a nutrient and oxygen-rich blood supply.
- There are living cells on the surface of the root, and they’ll quickly die off if the tooth dries out. Those cells can also be harmed if you vigorously clean the root. If you lose those cells, that tooth loses its ability to properly reattach to the bone.
- If the tooth can’t be reinserted, place the tooth in some contact lens solution or milk and get to the dentist immediately. It must be reinserted within one hour to have any chance of reattaching properly.
Dr. Berzin and his staff will act quickly and with your help, get your child back on the road to healing.
There you are, having a lovely dinner with the neighbours when suddenly you bite down on something and a piece of your tooth just breaks away. You feel a jagged edge with your tongue and it feels like half of your tooth is gone.
What to do:
- Avoid chewing, smoking or using straws on that side of your mouth.
- Keep the area clean with thorough brushing. You can cause more damage by avoiding the area when cleaning, as plaque will easily accumulate on any surface that isn’t involved in chewing.
- Call Dr. Berzin right away so that he can assess the damage. With an x-ray and an evaluation, Dr. Berzin can provide you with options to suit your needs and schedule.
In most cases, this is a routine procedure that doesn’t require immediate attention. As nature has given us a very sensitive tongue, the break will feel more significant than it actually is. Broken teeth are quite common, particularly around large fillings. Bear in mind that the larger a filling is, the more likely a tooth fracture, at some point, will be.
If you start experiencing significant pain or facial swelling, immediate attention is recommended.
Swelling and Pain
Things felt fine when you went to bed, then suddenly you woke up with a throbbing pain and swelling across your cheek. Perhaps you’ve noticed a pain like this in the past, but it always went away on its own – but this time feels more significant. This is a frightening and stressful scenario, but City Dental Center can help.
The most likely cause of the swelling and pain is an abscess or infection around the root of the tooth or possibly deep within the gums.
This can be manifested in a few ways. Typically, a deep cavity or trauma can lead to a non-vital or dying tooth. Once a tooth is dead, bacteria can infect the inside of it – that infection is the source of the swelling and pain you’re experiencing. Your body’s defenses alone are not strong enough to eliminate the infection.
An abscess can also occur in the gums. In that situation, the tooth is still alive, but an infection has started brewing under the gums. An abscessed tooth can lie silent with only random bouts of discomfort. When the pain subsides on its own, many patients feel they don’t need treatment. However, even though your abscess might not put you in constant pain, it’s still a serious problem that can grow even further without treatment.
The treatment needed varies with each case – call us to schedule an appointment.
When chewing, you may be able to feel your crows moving – then it happens. A sticky piece of gum or meat grabs your crown the wrong way and pulls it off. This scenario can cause quite a lot of panic!
It’s unusual, but crowns can come off. The main concern when this happens is that it leaves the tooth unprotected. Take the following steps, after you give us a call to schedule an emergency appointment.
- Keep your crown in a clean, safe spot.
- Do not wait to make an appointment – your gum tissue can grow quickly without a crown in place, making the reattachment more complicated.
- Do not try to glue the crown in yourself – glues are toxic and not meant for medical use.
In many cases, a simple re-cementation is all it takes to have you good as new. If there are underlying issues that need addressing, a City Dental Center team member will walk you through your options and make a recommendation of treatment.