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Key Benefits to Seeing an Emergency Dentist ASAP

Problems with the teeth and gums don’t always arise during typical office hours. A fall, being involved in an auto accident, being struck in the mouth with a baseball, and other types of events could all call for seeking help from an emergency dentist. Rather than trying to wait until the office opens up tomorrow morning, there are real advantages to contacting one of the emergency dentists in the area when something unexpected happens. Here are some examples of the benefits patients enjoy by choosing to not wait.

You May Not Know How Bad Things Happen to Be

You understand that something needs to be done, but how much do you really know about the extent of the damage? Just as things can look worse than they really are, they can also be much worse than they appear to be. The only way you will know for sure is to seek emergency dental care and have a professional take a look.

Depending on what the dental team finds, the fact that you sought emergency care immediately will make it easier to deal with whatever’s wrong. At other times, they will provide details about the extent of the injuries, do whatever needs to be done, and make arrangements for further care. At the very least, those emergency dentists will ensure you know exactly where you stand and what needs to happen next.

The Dentist Might Be Able to Save The Tooth

Another reason to seek emergency dental care is that the odds of losing a tooth are lower when you try to find help now. This is especially true if one or more of your teeth are very loose or have been dislodged completely.

With either of these scenarios, the professional you contact will provide some tips on how to care for the loose or dislodged teeth while you are on the way to the North York emergency dental clinic. Preventing additional damage is key, especially in the case of a dislodged tooth. Fortunately, seeking immediate emergency care increases the odds of setting the teeth firmly in place before the risk of losing them increases.

The Pain Goes Away Sooner Rather Than Later

When you have any type of accident or wake up with some sort of gum swelling, the pain is likely to be significant. Trying to quell it with over the counter products doesn’t always work. That means you will be in a lot of pain until it’s possible to see a dentist.

When nothing helps the pain, you do need to go to a North York emergency dental clinic as quickly as possible. Along with beginning treatments immediately, those emergency dentists will also determine what can be done to ease the pain. Calming the pain in turn helps to calm your jangled nerves and makes it a little easier to deal with the situation.

You Reduce the Risk of Complications

Choosing to delay seeing an emergency dentist could increase your chances for making a bad situation worse. Many types of dental conditions are not contained. That means they can begin to cause other types of problems if they are not stopped. For example, an infection can easily spread to other areas of the gums and even other parts of the body. By waiting longer, what would have been a relatively simple issue to correct will result in the need for more intensive and comprehensive treatments.

Seeking emergency dental care as soon as possible cuts the risks of more complications while also ensuring you have to spend less money on dental and other types of medical treatments. Couple that with having less pain to deal with and it makes sense to seek help without any delays.

You Stop Wondering What Could Happen

The imagination is a powerful thing. It’s all too easy to look at the blood, the broken tooth, or the swollen gum and assume the worst. If you are the type of person who tends to see the glass as half empty rather than half full, you already know how easy it is to think things are worse than they really are. The best approach is to rein in your imagination, contact one of the emergency dentists in town, and find out what’s really going on.

After you receive treatment at a North York emergency dental clinic, your mind can no longer assume the worst. You know the extent of the damage and what’s been done to begin the healing process. You even have an idea of how long it will take for the healing to be complete. Isn’t that a lot better than having a string of frightening thoughts about what might be?

Faster Treatment Means Faster Recovery

This is a common sense thing that you already know, but it helps to hear it from an emergency dentist. Seeking emergency dental care now means that you will heal a lot faster. It’s really logical when you think about it. Starting a treatment right now means you will see the results in less time.

If you really want to enjoy a full recovery sooner rather than later, it pays to call for emergency help as quickly as possible. Along with getting some relief from the pain, there’s the peace of mind that comes with knowing that things will be back to normal a little sooner.

Youll Sleep Better Tonight

Have you ever tried to get a good night’s sleep with a minor toothache? Now think of what it will be like if you try to sleep after some type of dental emergency. No matter what you use, getting to sleep and staying that way will be almost impossible.

By contrast, choosing to contact a North York emergency dental clinic and receive treatment immediately means addressing the cause of the pain and receiving something that will help dull it a bit. The odds of being able to get the rest that you need are much higher.

Even if you feel a little awkward about contacting an emergency dentist because of some sort of unexpected event, go ahead and make that call. Emergency dentists know what questions to ask and how to evaluate your condition to determine if emergency services are needed. At the very least, seeking attention now will put your mind at ease and provide some type of support to get you through until an appointment with your regular dentist is arranged.

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Dear Smile Centre Family,

The Ontario Government has announced new restrictions in various regions of the province beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. These restrictions include moving the regions of Toronto and Peel into Lockdown (maximum measures) status. You can find the status of all regions in Ontario here.

With the announcement that Toronto and Peel regions are heading into lockdown as of tomorrow, we wanted to let you know that all of our Smile Centre locations are still OPEN.

As medical/health providers, we have been classified as providing essential services and will continue to provide both preventive and restorative, as well as emergency treatment. Please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure that we go above and beyond all of the recommended safety protocols to keep you, your loved ones, and our team healthy and safe. That is, and always will be our highest priority.

If you have not visited one of our clinics lately, here is a reminder of what you can expect at your next visit:

PRE-SCREENING:

A COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire will be sent to you prior to your appointment. Please ensure that you respond prior to your office visit. You will be screened again upon arrival and a team member will ask you some questions and take your temperature before you enter the treatment area. You will also notice signage throughout the clinics regarding safety measures in place in the facility, such as the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing, and hand-sanitizing.

ARRIVAL AT CLINIC:

We ask that all patients please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If you arrive early, you may be asked to wait in your vehicle to reduce the number of people in the waiting area and to aid in social distancing. Please text or call us to let us know that you have arrived and we will let you know when it is ok to enter the office. You will be required to wear a mask at all times in the dental office, except for during treatment, in the treatment room. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you.

WAITING AREA:

We have removed most of the seating from our waiting rooms. Whenever possible, we are having patients wait outside of the clinic until their appointment time. However, if you do need to use one of our chairs, please do so. We will ensure the surfaces of the chairs are sanitized after every use. Our receptionists have plexiglass shields in front of them at all times - we ask that you please respect social distancing, even at the front desk, and refrain from touching surfaces there whenever possible and stay behind the shields while speaking with the staff. Our debit/credit machines do accept tap, and are disinfected after every use. We can also offer contactless credit card payment using your smart phone.

DURING YOUR TREATMENT:

All of our clinical team members will be wearing full PPE, such as a mask, glasses and gloves, as well as a face shield with cap and isolation gown when needed. Our team members will let you know when it is safe for you to remove your mask and also when to put it back on at the end of the appointment. At the start of each appointment, every patient will also be given a pre-treatment peroxide based mouth rinse to reduce possible virus in the saliva during intra-oral treatment.

VIRTUAL VISITS:

In addition to in-office visits, virtual appointments are available for consultations and discussions regarding treatment, and may also be recommended in order to reduce your number of visits to our clinics. We have many different times available and all you need is a smart phone, tablet or a computer with a camera in order to have a virtual face to face meeting (no mask required).

CLEANING AND DISINFECTION:

Appointments will be spread out and schedules staggered in order to allow time for proper cleaning and disinfection. As always, all surfaces in treatment areas will be appropriately disinfected after patient visits in accordance with Public Health guidelines and high traffic contact surfaces throughout the offices will be disinfected at regular intervals throughout the day.

Continuing to follow these guidelines will help to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. Underneath these layers of extra protection, rest assured that we are still the same, caring, attentive providers we have always been!

Thank You for your trust in these uncertain times,

Your Smile Centre