What is Considered a Dental Emergency?

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What constitutes a dental emergency? The dictionary says an emergency is an unforeseen crisis requiring immediate action. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, where emergency dentistry is one of our services, we think that’s as good a definition as you’re going to find.

Here’s a quick summary of five common dental emergencies:

  • A broken or chipped tooth. This certainly meets the standard of an emergency. Whether it’s the result of an injury, or because of brittle teeth, a broken or chipped tooth could lead to unwanted consequences if it is not treated promptly.
  • Severe toothache. The sooner treatment for a severe toothache begins, the better. A bad toothache could indicate tooth decay, and there could be infection that threatens the tooth. The sooner we see you, the better the chances of saving the tooth.
  • Jaw injuries. If you’ve broken your jaw then a trip to the emergency room is probably in order. But a dentist should also be in the loop. He or she will evaluate your oral cavity and teeth to see whether they have also sustained damage.
  • Bleeding gums. This may indicate gum disease. As with a toothache, prompt treatment is best. When it is caught and treated in its earliest stages, gum disease is curable. If is also preventable with brushing and flossing twice a day.
  • Knocked out tooth. If you have a tooth knocked out, time is of the essence. Make a beeline for the nearest urgent dental care. If it is treated within an hour there is an excellent chance the tooth can be saved.

At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, emergency dentistry is an important part of what we do. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 trust our practice for restorative dentistry and other dental health needs. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Tooth Problem? Time is of the Essence.

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Dental emergencies span the urgency spectrum from “Get me to an urgent care dentist now!” to “This toothache can wait until the Monday if I take enough Advil.” At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we remind you that just because a tooth issue can wait until next week, it doesn’t mean it should.

Emergencies are never convenient. If they were, they might not be considered emergencies. Knowing what to do in case of a dental emergency can make the difference between losing a tooth and saving one.

A knocked out tooth is one of the most serious emergencies there is. All it takes is one rough tackle or an elbow to the jaw. If you have a knocked out tooth, time is of the essence. If possible, put the tooth back into your jaw, making sure not to touch its root. Otherwise, keep it between your cheek and gums, or even in some milk. The important thing is to make a beeline for our office. If you see us within an hour of your accident, chances are good the tooth can be saved.

A cracked tooth shoudl also be addressed quickly. The first thing you should do is rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Cold compresses can help to keep the swelling down. It’s also time to head for our office.

Remember, they are called emergencies for a reason. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna we offer emergency dentistry, and people from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 have turned to us for urgent care. They also come to us for restorative dentistry and other services. Schedule a checkup with us today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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What is Considered a Dental Emergency?

What constitutes a dental emergency? The dictionary says an emergency is an unforeseen crisis requiring immediate action. At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we think that’s about as good a definition as you’re going to find. Here’s a quick summary of five common dental emergencies:
  • A broken or chipped tooth. This certainly meets the standard of an emergency. Whether it’s the result of an injury, or because of brittle teeth, a broken or chipped tooth could lead to unwanted consequences if it is not treated promptly.
  • Jaw injuries. If you’ve broken your jaw then a trip to the emergency room is probably in order. But a dentist should also be in the loop. He or she will evaluate your oral cavity and teeth to see whether they have also sustained damage.
  • Severe toothache. The sooner treatment for a severe toothache begins, the better. A bad toothache could indicate tooth decay, and there could be infection that threatens the tooth. The sooner treatment begins, the better the chances of saving the tooth.
  • Bleeding gums. This may indicate gum disease. As with a toothache, prompt treatment is best. When it is caught and treated in its earliest stages, gum disease is curable. If is also preventable with brushing and flossing twice a day.
  • Knocked out tooth. If you have a tooth knocked out, time is of the essence. Make a beeline for the nearest urgent dental care. If it is treated within an hour there is an excellent chance the tooth can be saved.
At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, emergency dentistry is an important part of what we do. People come to our office from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 for complete restorative dentistry services, and much more. Call for an appointment with us today!

Contact Love Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 8B7