What To Do In Case Of A Dental Emergency

July 21, 2021

Dental emergencies happen when you least expect them. And at our Winnipeg dental clinic, we’ve seen them all.

Trauma, bleeding, discomfort and intense pain are some of the tell-tale signs you have a dental emergency and should receive immediate care. You must act quickly to prevent further damage and ease your pain. 

What Are Considered Dental Emergencies And What Should I Do Next?

You may need urgent dental care for different reasons. Maybe you’ve knocked your tooth off because of a sports injury or you may have started feeling a sharp pain in your mouth out of nowhere. 

Regardless of what’s causing you distress, understanding your symptoms will help you act on your next steps. Keep in mind that each case is different, and some symptoms are more severe than others. 

  • Throbbing toothache with fever. If you are experiencing a throbbing toothache that radiates through your jawbone, neck or ear, you may have a tooth abscess. A tooth abscess is when there is pus that may occur in any part of your teeth due to a bacterial infection. Other symptoms of a tooth abscess may include a sour taste in your mouth and difficulty swallowing and/or breathing.
  • Tooth loss. If a tooth gets completely knocked out grab a glass of milk and put it in there as fast as possible. Contact your dentist immediately to get it put back in right! While sources say you can implant your permanent tooth again, we don’t recommend doing it yourself in case the tooth is dirty (can cause an infection) or you put it in the wrong way (you don’t want a backwards tooth). If it’s just partially avulsed (the tooth is basically still in there), you may be able to push it back in but call your dentist right away to get it looked at.
  • Cracked or broken tooth. If you experience swelling, apply a warm compress and rinse your mouth with warm water.  
  • Bleeding or painful gums. It can be symptoms of periodontitis, a severe case of gum disease

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call your dentist immediately. If it’s off-hours and you’re experiencing immense pain, uncontrollable bleeding, difficulty breathing and chest pains, please go to the nearest emergency room.

Emergency Dental Services In Winnipeg

Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre offers emergency dental care in our family-friendly clinic. If you need urgent care, give us a call immediately and we are happy to book you in as soon as possible. 

You can find us in Transcona, at the northwest corner of Lagimodiere Boulevard and Regent Avenue in Winnipeg.