How to Handle Dental Emergencies
It’s 7 a.m. on a holiday morning and you’ve just woken up with a throbbing toothache and a swollen cheek. No need to panic. Or you are attending a holiday dinner or barbecue on a lovely Sunday afternoon and you bite into a tasty meal. Next thing you know, your tooth cracks or your expensive crown falls out. What do you do? Again, don’t panic! Give your dentist, Dr. Manjula Duhan at Golf Links Dental in Ancaster a call. If it is during office hours, we will give you advice on what to do. You can even pop in our office with an emergency and we will deal with it promptly. Dentists are emergency specialists. We have extensive training in dealing with sudden pain, lost or broken teeth, and other urgent matters. If you live in Ancaster or Hamilton area and are experiencing a dental emergency, give Golf Links Dental a call. We will do our best to get you in as soon as possible.
Off Hours Dental Emergencies in Ancaster
Even if your emergency happens in off hours, we are here to help. That’s why we have call answering services. On our off hours, we are always prepared to help a patient in need. We will give you a call back as soon as we are notified and help you address your emergency in the best way possible. Sometimes that means meeting you at the office for immediate treatment. Sometimes it means advice and a prescription for pain called into your pharmacist. Occasionally, we will advise you to go to your nearest emergency department.
What to do?
So, how do you know when your dental emergency requires emergency treatment? Generally, we tell patients that if it is a traumatic injury, and by that we mean a sports injury or accident such as a broken or knocked-out tooth, that they call or come in immediately. Broken teeth are our business. Most can be repaired in-office. Give us a call and we we’ll be ready for you. Bring in the broken tooth and we will try to repair it right away. With some breaks, a root canal or crown may be needed. Chipped teeth can most often be fixed in short order. Knocked out permanent or adult teeth require fast action. If you have the tooth, rinse it and your mouth with water. Hold it by the top or crown and try to put is back into its spot or opening. Then put a wad of gauze or tissue (a face cloth if nothing else) and bite down gently to secure. Get help—either your dentist or the hospital emergency department—as soon as possible. If the tooth can’t be inserted back in, place it in a clean container of cold milk and take it with you to your dentist (or any quickly accessible dentist). Time is of the essence for teeth that have been knocked out, so call and come in quickly.
Most dental emergencies can be dealt with by your dentist in Ancaster – Dr. Manjula Duhan, but if you suspect you have a broken jaw, go to the nearest emergency department. It is okay to put ice on the jaw to control swelling. Do not use heat. Of course, the best way to deal with emergencies is to avoid them. But keep your dentist’s number handy in your phone or wallet in case you need to call for emergencies. If you are concerned about sports injuries, give us a call, and we will schedule you in to get your custom fitted sport mouth guard. It’s the best protection against any injuries during contact sports.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency in Ancaster or Hamilton area, give Golf Links Dental a call. We will do our best to treat you right away.