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Helpful Tips on When to Contact Your Dentist During a Dental Emergency

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You've noticed a slight twinge in your tooth lately when you drink your morning coffee. It goes away fairly quickly on its own, so you haven't considered contacting your dentist. Sometimes it can be hard to determine if you need emergency dentistry in Toronto, ON, so here are some helpful tips on when you should contact your dentist.

Dental Pain

While that little twinge may go away on its own for now, if it continues to persist, it is likely a good time to call your dentist and schedule a routine examination. The quick jolt of sensitivity may be indicating that there is decay in your tooth and if you are proactive about it, your dentist may be able to treat it with a simple filling.

If tooth decay progresses, it can make its way into the nerve, or the pulp of your tooth where it will cause an infection. If this happens, you'll experience a constant toothache that can cause severe pain. If you are experiencing this type of pain, your tooth may be infected and could require root canal therapy to preserve it.

It's important not to wait to contact your dentist if you are experiencing constant toothache because it will not go away without treatment. It could progress and affect neighboring teeth or result in tooth loss.

A Knocked Out Tooth

Time is of the essence if your tooth has been knocked out because your dentist has the best chance of saving it the quicker it can be treated, so be sure to contact your dental office to be seen right away. Be careful when handling your knocked out tooth and try to place it back in its socket if possible. If not, you can use milk to transport it safely and keep its cells alive.

A Broken or Lost Restoration

If you have an old filling or crown that breaks or falls out, you will need to have it repaired to protect your tooth from bacteria entering it and causing decay or damage to your tooth or nerve. Contact your dentist right away so they can assess the best treatment for your tooth.

Whether you're having minor sensitivity, severe pain, or a dental emergency, your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental is here to help! Contact us today for same-day emergency care.