Emergency Dentistry in Toronto ON
Dental emergencies are inconvenient and unexpected. They can also be painful and frightening. The good news is that with the right team of dentists on your side, you can rest assured you’ll get the care you need promptly.
The first step is to remain calm and call Toronto Lakeshore Dental right away at (416) 503-3335 for guidance over the phone or to be seen at our dental office.
Your emergency dentist in Etobicoke is here for you. We have convenient morning, evening, and Saturday appointments available, we’ll be able to get you feeling comfortable and back on the path to wellness in no time. Please call us right away - we're here to help!
- How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
- Treating Your Dental Emergency
- Will I Need a Tooth Extraction?
- How You Can Prevent Dental Emergencies
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Keep in mind that an emergency situation is less stressful if you know how to handle it. Here are some common dental emergencies and what you can do to remain comfortable until you get to our dental office.
A Broken or Chipped Tooth
If your tooth is broken, gather as many pieces as you can and contact our dental office right away. Our dentists will assess the best treatment procedure, and we may even be able to preserve your natural tooth if we act quickly.
If your tooth is chipped, it will need to be smoothed or repaired to avoid irritating your tongue or soft tissues. Even if your condition may not require immediate attention, we encourage you to contact our dental office anyway to assess your situation and schedule an appointment.
A Lost or Broken Restoration
If you have a lost or broken crown or dental filling, it will need to be replaced or repaired to protect the integrity of your tooth. It may also cause sensitivity or pain. Contact our dental office to determine if immediate treatment is necessary.
A Knocked-Out Tooth
It’s a stressful time when your tooth is knocked out. It’s also vital that you contact our dental office right away, as we have the best chance of preserving your tooth the quicker we can treat it.
Try not to handle the tooth too much and transport it carefully. Placing it back in its socket is best, or use milk or saliva to keep the cells moist while you are transporting the root.
Dental Pain or Sensitivity
If you’re experiencing severe dental pain, this is often an indicator of a tooth infection. It’s essential to contact our dental office in Toronto right away because a tooth infection will not go away without treatment. A dental infection can get worse, cause more pain, and even lead to tooth loss.
If you’re proactive about seeking treatment, a procedure like root canal therapy may be able to preserve your tooth, so please contact our dental office as soon as possible.
Treating Your Dental Emergency
Even if you are not sure you have a true tooth emergency, contact our friendly team who can assess your situation over the phone. We will help you decide if you need immediate attention, or if you can schedule an appointment to see our dentists at a later time.
We have a highly skilled team of dentists at Toronto Lakeshore Dental who are experienced in helping patients with dental emergencies. We are also better equipped to treat tooth emergencies than a hospital, so we always encourage our patients to contact us first.
Whether it's a chipped, broken, or infected tooth you're dealing with, our dentists have the skills and expertise to help. Some procedures we use to help patients during dental emergencies are:
- Root canal treatment
- Tooth implants
- Dental crowns and bridges
- Tooth extractions
- Tooth-coloured fillings
- Treatment for periodontal (gum) disease
You will find that we have state-of-the-art technology at our Etobicoke dental office that will help us to get you back on the path to wellness more comfortably and efficiently, so please don't hesitate to call if you are in pain. We also offer options for dental sedation for patients who are fearful of dental procedures.
Will I Need a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction becomes necessary if your tooth is cracked, decayed, or infected beyond what root canal treatment can help. However, our dentists believe in recommending a tooth extraction only as a last resort after other treatment options have been exhausted.
If it's decided that your dentist should remove your tooth to protect your dental health, we can perform the procedure here in our Toronto dental office.
Our dentists are also highly skilled at tooth replacement by using tooth implants, dentures, or dental bridges. We are happy to discuss tooth replacement with you so you can protect your smile and your dental health. We will also be able to guide you through the process from start to finish, no matter which type of procedure you choose.
How You Can Prevent Dental Emergencies
Preventive Care - Your First Line of Defense
Did you know that there are some dental emergencies that you can actually avoid? For example, you can prevent a tooth infection by consistently visiting your dentist every six months for teeth cleanings and checkups. This is because your Toronto dentist can detect concerns like tooth decay and gum disease in their earliest stages when these conditions are easier to treat.
If your dentist detects tooth decay early on, and you are proactive about treating it, you can likely handle it with a simple filling. If you leave tooth decay undiagnosed or untreated, it will progress further into your tooth and eventually result in tooth infection. Dental infections can be very painful and typically require root canal treatment to preserve your tooth since an infection left untreated will result in tooth loss.
Being consistent about visiting your dentist every six months means that you are protecting your teeth from the problems and damage that can arise from gum disease, and untreated tooth decay.
Protect Your Teeth From Bruxism
If you participate in sports, or if you find that you tend to clench or grind your teeth (bruxism) at night, your teeth could be prematurely worn, chipped, or broken from the force put on them while you sleep or play sports. Tooth wear can also lead to dental pain or emergencies due to fractured or broken teeth.
At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we offer multiple solutions for protecting against bruxism with BOTOX treatment or a night guard, or in some cases, a combination of both. You can protect your smile from the damage caused by bruxism by wearing a nightguard while you sleep or an athletic guard when you participate in sports. In many cases, BOTOX works to relax the muscles that cause you to clench and grind your teeth alleviating bruxism and damage to your teeth.
Contact our Etobicoke Dental Office
If you’re experiencing dental pain or an emergency, please don’t hesitate to call us right away at 416-503-3335. We’ll make every effort to see you as soon as possible, and we can typically accommodate same-day appointments.
If it's time to schedule your next preventive teeth cleaning and checkup, we also encourage you to call your Etobicoke dental office to schedule an appointment.