Emergency Dental Services in Port Moody, BC
Whether you’ve been in an accident that damaged your teeth or you are experiencing unexplained pain in your teeth or mouth. At Rocky Point Dental in Port Moody, our dentists are here for you when you need emergency dental services. We reserve emergency appointments throughout the day to ensure we can help you when you need it most.
What Qualifies As An Emergency
Any serious dental injury or illness that needs immediate attention is considered an emergency. There are three typical scenarios that make a dental issue a dental emergency: Any serious dental injury or illness that needs immediate attention is considered an emergency. There are three typical scenarios that make a dental issue a dental emergency:
• Severe tooth or gum pain (which can indicate infections or abscesses)
• Dental injuries or impacts to the mouth, jaw, and head (including knocked-out teeth)
• Soft tissue injuries such as lacerations, especially resulting in profuse bleeding
If you experience any of the above, reach out to us to book a last-minute appointment and receive guidance. You can also look at our information for various types of emergency situations below.
How to Handle Dental Emergencies
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 replaced in the mouth. 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 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. However, you should schedule a regular appointment with us as soon as possible and be careful 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 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.
If you’ve suffered a serious injury to the soft tissues of your mouth, such as the cheeks, gums, tongue, palate, 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.
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