NE Calgary Emergency Dentistry

Emergency Dentistry | NE Calgary Dentist | Memorial Square Dental Clinic

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At Memorial Square Dental Clinic, located in Calgary NE, we care about our patients and want to make sure we are there for you if you require emergency assistance after hours.  If you are an existing patient of record experiencing a dental emergency involving pain, swelling or bleeding please call our office number at 403-273-7666 for information on how to contact one of our doctors.

If you don’t have dental insurance or are worried about the cost of dental services in an emergency situation, we offer outside dental financing that can be applied for in office or online. Financing approval can often be done online in a matter of minutes.

Why Do I Need To See An Emergency Dentist?

On this page we will provide an overview of what to do during the most common dental emergencies. How you deal with a dental emergency is very important and it could mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth or from preventing an infection from becoming serious.

The following are the most common reasons for patients to call our dental emergency number:

  • Knocked out tooth
  • Chipped tooth
  • Cracked or broken tooth
  • Loosened tooth
  • Bitten lip or tongue
  • Infection or abscessed tooth or gums
  • Toothache
  • Loose restoration, such as a dental crown, filling or bridge

Preventing Dental Emergencies

Before we get into how to deal with each of these situations, let’s have a few words about prevention. Of course prevention is always the ideal as we’d like to see all of our patients avoid facing the stress of an emergency.

Seeing your dentist regularly for dental exams could be the most important preventative action you can take. During your dental exam, our Calgary NE Dentists are naturally checking for signs of weakened teeth, loosened or aging restorations and early signs of inflammation that would indicate the presence of infection.

Another important preventative action you can take to avoid dental emergencies is to wear a properly fitting mouth guard while playing contact sports. Research has shown that a large percentage of dental injuries are sports related. Wearing a properly fitting mouth guard can prevent many of these injuries.

Before we get into how to deal with each of these situations, let’s have a few words about prevention. Of course prevention is always the ideal as we’d like to see all of our patients avoid facing the stress of an emergency.

Seeing your dentist regularly for dental exams could be the most important preventative action you can take. During your dental exam, our Calgary NE Dentists are naturally checking for signs of weakened teeth, loosened or aging restorations and early signs of inflammation that would indicate the presence of infection.

Another important preventative action you can take to avoid dental emergencies is to wear a properly fitting mouth guard while playing contact sports. Research has shown that a large percentage of dental injuries are sports related. Wearing a properly fitting mouth guard can prevent many of these injuries.

Our Top 8 Common Dental Emergency Calls

If you or someone in your family has a dental emergency, please let us know as soon as possible, and we will do our best to determine the appropriate course of action to help. We strive to offer same-day emergency appointments – relieving pain is one of our top priorities.

1) Knocked out tooth

A knocked out tooth is definitely a dental emergency and you should call us to receive emergency advice from one of our dentists.  Acting quickly and following the guidelines below will make it possible to save the tooth.

  • Handle the knocked out tooth by the crown and avoid touching the root.
  • Rinse the tooth, but be gentle and do not remove any tissue that is attached to the tooth.
  • If possible, gently place the tooth back in the socket and bite down gently on it to hold it in place.
  • If it’s not possible to place the tooth back in the socket, the best option is to place the tooth in a cup of milk or a clean container if milk is not available.
  • See a dentist as soon as possible!

2) Chipped Tooth

If a tooth is chipped and doesn’t hurt, you can relax a little as you are not in immediate danger and it is not a dental emergency. You should call our Calgary NE dental office and book an appointment with your dentist during regular clinic hours.

Although a chipped tooth that doesn’t hurt is not considered a dental emergency, you definitely want to get an appointment as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the tooth. Let our receptionist at Memorial Square Dental Clinic know what the appointment is for and we’ll make sure you get in to see one of our dentists as quickly as possible.

3) Cracked or broken tooth

A cracked or broken tooth is a dental emergency and you should call our dental clinic to speak to a dentist and arrange an appointment (403.273.7666). Here’s what you can do immediately after the injury:

  • Gently and thoroughly rinse with warm water to clean out the mouth.
  • Typically a cracked or broken tooth results from an accident, applying a cold compress to facial injuries can help to minimize swelling.
  • Take Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) as a pain killer, but avoid Aspirin or Ibuprofen (e.g., Motrin or Advil) as they have a blood thinning effect which can increase bleeding.
  • Arrange an immediate visit to Memorial Square Dental Clinic in Calgary NE, or your nearest dental clinic if you are traveling.

4) Loosened tooth

A loosened tooth is a dental emergency and you should call our dental clinic to arrange an appointment (403.273.7666). In the meantime, you can apply gentle pressure to the tooth, not forcing it however, to try to place it in its original position

5) Bitten lip or tongue

Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply a cold compress in order to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.

6) Infection or abscessed tooth or gums

If you are experiencing sharp pain in a tooth when biting down, constant throbbing pain, and pain that interrupts or prevents sleep and severe pain to heat or cold may indicate an abscess or infection under the tooth. A severe infection or abscess in the mouth can be a serious health concern and should be dealt with immediately. If you suspect an infection or abscess outside of our Calgary dental office hours, call our emergency dental phone number to receive emergency advice from one of our dentists. (403.273.7666).

7) Toothache

A toothache may or may not be considered a dental emergency, depending on its cause. If in doubt, please call our clinic or our emergency dental phone number to speak to a dentist and describe your symptoms (403.273.7666). Here’s what you can do while waiting to see a dentist:

Rinse your mouth with warm water, gently floss to remove food that may be trapped around it

Myth alert: despite common belief, do not apply Aspirin to the tooth or gum tissues.

8) Loose restoration, such as a dental crown, filling or bridge

A loose restoration is not likely a dental emergency unless it is causing pain. Once again this is a situation that requires attention as soon as possible, though not necessarily at 2 a.m. on a Sunday morning! If the restoration is not causing pain, we suggest you call us during the first available office hours and let our receptionist at Memorial Square Dental Clinic know the reason for your call. Our administration team will ensure you get in to see one of our dentists quickly.

When You Visit Us for An Emergency Appointment

For emergency dental care, we strive to see our NE Calgary Dental clients within 24 hours (during business hours) or sooner, if not the same day. New patients are always welcome.

When you visit us, the purpose of your emergency visit will be to relieve the discomfort, diagnose the problem and advise you of your options for resolving it.

When you visit us we may:

  • Take x-rays
  • Check the condition of your teeth
  • Smooth off sharp edges
  • Prescribe medication
  • Refer you to a specialist

If cost is a concern and is preventing you from dealing with your dental health, we also provide you with flexible dental care and payment options.

To learn more about our emergency dentistry services, we invite you to contact us for an appointment.

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