Emergency Dentistry in Port Moody, BC
Have you been in an accident that’s damaged your teeth? Do you have an excruciating infection that shouldn’t wait another day to get treated?
At Rocky Point Dental in Port Moody, BC, our dentists can help you! Whether you have a severe infection or your teeth took an impact that’s left them broken, our dental professional are ready to help you.
What qualifies as an emergency
Any serious dental injury or illness that needs immediate attention is considered an emergency. This includes issues that are causing you severe pain, such as serious abscesses and infections in your teeth. It also includes any major dental or oral bleeding that needs to be stopped, such as if you’ve sustained a major cut in your mouth and it is bleeding profusely. If you’ve been in an accident or suffered a dental trauma that has broken, knocked out, or misaligned your teeth, this is also an emergency that needs to be addressed. Lacerations of the lips, cheeks, and gums also often occur with dental injuries and we can safely treat those injuries as well.
What to do at home
Tooth that’s been knocked out
If your tooth has been knocked out, call us immediately for an appointment. If you’re able to find your tooth, handle it carefully by the top (not the roots or it could cause more damage) and gently rinse it off to remove contaminants. If possible, carefully place the tooth back in the socket to keep it moist, but if you can’t or it hurts too badly, wrap it in gauze and place it in a glass of milk or immerse it in saliva. If the tooth dries out, it cannot be used. Carefully rinse your mouth out with warm water. If you need something for the pain, take ibuprofen, as other medications can function as anticoagulants and make you bleed more. Bring the tooth in to your appointment and we’ll attempt to re-insert it for it to heal.
Chipped, misaligned, or fractured tooth
If your tooth has been minorly chipped and isn’t causing you pain, this is likely not an emergency, though you should schedule a regular appointment with us as soon as possible and be sure not to chip it further. However, if the chip is causing you pain or if the tooth is fractured, then an internal structure has likely been damaged and this needs to be treated right away. Schedule an emergency appointment, and then rinse your mouth with warm water, using an ice pack to minimize swelling. If you need to take something for pain, take ibuprofen, as aspirin will make your bleeding more profuse. When you arrive, we’ll examine the tooth to determine how badly it’s injured and what the proper course of treatment is. If your tooth has been pushed out of position, then try to gently press it back into place with your fingertip—don’t force it! You can also bite down to help hold it in place. Take ibuprofen for pain, not aspirin, and call us right away.
If you’ve suffered a serious injury to the soft tissues of your mouth, such as cheeks, gums, tongue, palette, or lips, then rinse the injury with warm water and call us or go to the hospital right away. Emergency dentistry services are a key part of our practice. Let us be there for you in times of crisis to help save your smile.