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Have you ever woken up during the weekend or in the middle of the night with a severe toothache? Has your child suffered a sports injury that knocked a tooth out, and needs immediate dental attention? It is not always possible to prevent a dental emergency, but taking control when one takes place can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth. At Lake Oak Dental, we are aware that dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them and are here to support you every step of the way!

What is considered a dental emergency?

Knocked Out Teeth
If you or a family member suffer a blow to the face that knocks out a tooth, it is considered a dental emergency. Contact us immediately because a knocked out tooth has the highest chance of being saved if treated within an hour of being knocked out.

Make sure to pick up the tooth by the crown and not the root. Touching the root can damage the tissue and lower your chances of successful reimplantation. Try to put the tooth back in the socket, but do not force it in. If that is not possible, store your tooth between your teeth and gums or in some milk. 

Tooth Moves Out of Position
That is a dental emergency, and you need to contact us immediately. In the meantime, try to reposition the tooth to its original position using light pressure, but do not force it. Bite down to keep your tooth from moving. When we see you, we will make every attempt to stabilize your tooth and save it.

Severe Toothache
A severe toothache is considered a dental emergency and will require immediate care. Contact us immediately for a dental appointment. In the meantime, clean your mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If you see any swelling, place a cold compress on your face to keep the swelling down. Never put aspirin or any painkiller against the aching tooth.

Swollen Face
A swollen face is a dental emergency and will require immediate attention. Contact us right away. A swollen face may be due to an acute infection that could potentially cause significant complications or could be life-threatening. Drink plenty of fluids and stay upright until our emergency dentists assess your situation.

Injured Facial Tissue
Tears, puncture wounds and lacerations to your cheek, lips, or tongue are considered dental emergencies requiring immediate attention. Contact us immediately for an emergency appointment. In the meantime, clean the area with water and use gauze to apply pressure so that you can control the bleeding.

What is NOT considered a dental emergency?

Chipped, Fractured, or Cracked Teeth
A chipped tooth is not considered a dental emergency. You will need to schedule an appointment to see us. In the meantime, be careful not to chew on anything hard or sticky. A fractured or cracked tooth, on the other hand, is considered a dental emergency and requires immediate attention. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can do everything we can to save your tooth.

Lost Fillings or Crowns
Losing a filling or a crown is not considered a dental emergency. Contact us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime, fill the space of a missing filling using sugarless gum or over the counter dental cement. You can secure a crown in place with an over the counter dental adhesive. Never use super glue on your teeth.


What Precautions Can I Take to Avoid Dental Emergencies?

Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, and also make sure to visit us at least twice a year for dental checkups and cleanings. Keeping your teeth strong and healthy will avoid many dental emergencies from developing. If participating in a sports activity, it is always a good idea to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth. Additionally, refrain from using your teeth as tools to open packages or crack nuts. Avoid chewing on ice, your fingernails, pen caps, or any other hard objects. While it is not possible to eliminate the risks for all dental emergencies, a few precautions can help avoid unnecessary injuries.

How can i prepare for a dental emergency?

It is always a good idea to pack an emergency dental care kit. Make sure to include our dental practice's phone number, a handkerchief, gauze, a small container with a lid, and ibuprofen. Do not keep aspirin in the emergency kit because it may cause excessive bleeding in a dental emergency. If you prefer, you could purchase an assembled emergency dental care kit from your local drugstore. 

You Can Count On Us!

If you ever experience a dental emergency, contact us at Lake Oak Dental immediately. We are fully prepared to care for your emergency dental needs. We will do everything we can to make sure you are comfortable and that you receive the best care possible. We are always here for you. You can count on that!