If you have sustained an injury to your teeth or are unsure of the severity of your situation, it is always advised that you immediately call our Bowmanville office and let our receptionist know the purpose of your appointment. We will ensure you are examined by the dentist.
Call us at (905) 623-9383 to address a specific concern.
There are a number of reasons you might need to make an emergency dental appointment:
- Unknown severe toothache
- Broken or chipped tooth causing pain
- Knocked out tooth
- Cracked tooth
- Abscessed tooth or gum
Until you are able to see the dentist, keep the area clean by rinsing with salt water and avoid chewing on the affected side.
If you are in pain, you can also take an anti-inflammatory such as Advil, provided you are not allergic to it.
Toothaches can be caused by a variety of factors, including cavities, gum disease, cracked or broken teeth, exposed roots, sinus problems and jaw joint disease. It may be accompanied by shooting pain, headaches, sinus pressure, ear aches and neck pain.
If you are experiencing any of these conditions, call us at R.A. Campbell Dentistry and we will get you in to see a dentist as soon as possible.
Broken or Chipped Tooth
A broken or chipped tooth is a tooth that is missing all or part of the crown. Teeth may become fractured for a variety of reasons, including trauma, grinding or clenching, decay, or a loose filling.
If your tooth is broken or chipped, you may experience discomfort on chewing, irritation to the gum, lips or tongue, and increased sensitivity.
Since the tooth has become weakened, there is a risk that the tooth will become further damaged.
Call our office to make an appointment to see the dentist as soon as possible.
Until you are seen by the dentist, you should keep the area clean by rinsing with salt water and avoid chewing on the affected side.
Knocked Out Tooth
A knocked out tooth is one that has become separated from the jawbone. If the tooth is not replaced, there is a risk that the adjacent teeth will begin to shift.
If your tooth is completely knocked out, keep the tooth in the socket with gentle pressure and call the office immediately. If you cannot get the tooth back in the socket then save the tooth in a glass of milk. Until you can get here, you should bite down onto a wet tea bag or a piece of gauze to suppress any bleeding.
If at all possible, the dentist will attempt to put the original tooth back in. If the original tooth cannot be put back in, there are options for replacing the missing tooth.
Cracked tooth syndrome is a condition in which a crack extends through the tooth dentin, which is the layer underneath the tooth enamel and above the tooth pulp. It occurs mostly in lower molars, which endure the brunt of chewing and can be caused by a variety of factors, including wear and tear, grinding, clenching, or biting into a hard object.
Symptoms include cold sensitivity and not being able to use the tooth for chewing. If not treated, it may result in nerve damage and in the crack spreading throughout the tooth structure.
Make an appointment to come in as soon as possible.
Abscessed Tooth or Gum
If you have facial swelling combined with a toothache, you might have a tooth abscess or a gum abscess. An abscess is a collection of pus that has accumulated in response to bacteria, parasites or other foreign materials. Tooth abscesses are usually located in the root tip, while gum abscesses are usually located along the root of the tooth. Sometimes mixed abscesses, which combine tooth and gum abscesses, can occur.
If you have an abscess, you may experience shooting pain, a swollen face, discomfort on biting down, a headache or pressure. The risks of not treating a tooth or gum abscess include gum and/or bone damage.
If you think you might have an abscessed tooth or gum, call us to book an appointment as soon as possible.