How Do You Know If You’re Having a Dental Emergency?

How Do You Know If You’re Having a Dental Emergency?

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Uh oh! You’re frozen, wondering “was that my tooth?!” Aaaand, turns out it was. Now what?

Doctor Stevens can help with that accident, but you may be wondering, “What other types of things constitute a formal dental emergency? Should I make the trip out to her for this?” The RCDSO recognizes four types of crises;

Mouth Infection

Infections need to be identified and treated urgently as they can become life-threatening. Symptoms to track immediately if they surface include:

  • Pain (spontaneous, severe, and uncontrollable)
  • Discharge from the tooth or gums
  • Bad breath or a foul taste in the mouth
  • Discoloured tooth
  • Pimple-like sore on the gums
  • Localized warmth
  • Fever

It is important to note that some symptoms of infection are also shared with COVID-19, like fever, and you should use your better judgement towards which you fit best, and seek respective testing for either/both.

COVID-19 symptoms are typically accompanied by respiratory issues, unlike oral infections.

Please contact us if you have one or more of these symptoms and we can provide further instructions.

Oral Pain

When pain becomes too much to bear, and is resistant to any meds you have at home or the drug store, it’s time to give us a call.

We do recommend first trying specific nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen, and if those don’t even do the trick, you can find some relief with us.

Tooth/Oral Trauma

We’ve all bitten the dust once or twice.

Maybe toppled down some stairs, had your phone fall on your face when you’re up too late scrolling in bed (we’ve all been there), or had a more serious accident. We sincerely hope the rest of you is okay, and you can rest assured that if any of the following has occurred, you can come to us:

  • You’ve chipped or cracked a tooth
  • A tooth is loose
  • The whole tooth popped out

We’ve seen it all. Give us a call for initial first aid instructions and we can assess your urgency level.

Abnormal Bleeding

A touch of bleeding when brushing or flossing may indicate a need for a cleaning or more mercy when brushing, but it isn’t an emergency.

However, if you’re experiencing a significant amount of blood pooling, or spontaneous or continual bleeding, it needs to be addressed immediately.

Apply some pressure to the bleeding site with gauze. If it persists and doesn’t improve all day, you’re encouraged to get in touch because this is abnormal.

Also be sure that the source of the bleeding is the mouth and not your stomach, esophagus, or nose, all of which are other serious sets of issues that lay outside of our expertise.

If you are one of our current clients and you’ve found yourself in dire straits, we are happy to help you assess the situation and create a plan to ease your agony swiftly and gently.

We are here for you at Dr. Andrea Stevens office in Kanata. In the case of an emergency:

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