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Ten Reasons You Might Need an Emergency Dentist

Not all denture issues arise during normal working hours. That’s why some dentists offer dental emergency services. If you are not sure what constitutes a dental emergency, here are some examples that will help you know when it’s better to seek help now rather than waiting for the clinic to open the next business morning.

1. Cracked Tooth

If you should be in an accident and crack a tooth, the pain can be significant. That tooth needs attention quickly, since the crack could continue to expand. Swift action reduces the odds of losing the tooth and needing more than a veneer and crown.

2. Chipped Tooth

Depending on the severity of the chip, there could be nerves exposed. The chip could also allow for bacteria to begin breaking down the rest of the tooth. Emergency help will make it easier to add a crown and prevent the damage from getting worse.

3. Aching Tooth

You wake up on a Saturday morning and a tooth is aching. No home remedy seems to ease the discomfort. You can see anything to indicate why you are in pain. Instead of suffering for two days, seek emergence dental health now.

4. Swelling Along the Gum

Sudden swelling under a tooth indicates some sort of infection. Even if it seems to go away and then come back, you need to have it checked quickly. Emergency dental help will mean clearing up the infection and prevent it from spreading.

5. Tongue Pain

An aching in the tongue may happen because you accidentally bit it, or it can mean an infection or an early warning sign of tongue cancer. The sooner you see someone and and find out what’s wrong, the sooner you can rule out any life-threatening cause. An emergency dentist in North York can quickly identify the origin of the pain and take the measures necessary to contain the situation.

6. Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums may be a sign of a nutritional imbalance of be an early sign of a serious oral condition. This is especially true if the bleeding will not stop. Emergency help will determine the reason for the bleeding and allow you to begin treatments that correct the situation.

7. Loose Teeth

If a fall leaves you with one or more loose teeth, don’t assume they will settle back in place easily. Emergency dental attention minimizes the chances that the tooth will loosen further or that you might lose it.

8. Lumps in the Mouth

Lumps on the gums, the roof of the mouth, or the soft tissue under the tongue should not be ignored. If you wake up with lumps, get in touch with your family dentist at once. You may need emergency help at a local hospital emergency room, or at least require a quick visit to a local dental clinic that is open every day.

9. Suddenly Sensitive Teeth

Your teeth are not normally sensitive to hot and cold beverages, but today is an exception. The pain is almost more than you can bear. Emergency dental treatment will identify the reason and make it possible for you to know what it will take to correct the problem. You will also get some ideas on how to avoid the pain.

10. A Filling Falls Out

When a filling falls out, you could be exposing the nerve and running the risk of needing more than a replacement filling. Seeking help immediately prevents damage to the nerve or the root. While you are getting a new filling, ask the emergency dentist about getting a crown soon.

If your dentist does not offer emergency services, find out where he or she refers emergency cases. Knowing which clinics are open after hours will allow you to receive the help you need now and avoid quite a bit of pain.

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We are so excited to announce that the Royal College of Dental Surgeons has just given us the green light to begin seeing all non-essential and deferred treatment! Under the guidance of the RCDSO, all dentists in Ontario will now be able to re-open their practices for routine care and treatment. ​ Up until now, due to COVID19 pandemic restrictions, dentists have only been permitted to provide ​ emergency dental treatment. ​ This means that we have been unable to provide any other type of dental procedures since mid-March.

We can't wait to get back to work and begin seeing our patients again! We are spending this week implementing the changes mandated by the ministry of health and the dental association and will resume a normal schedule starting next week. You can rest assured that the safety of our community, our patients, and our team members are of utmost importance and we will have implemented additional safety measures and precautions. This is in addition to our already strict infection control protocols that were already in place.

Please be patient with us and give us some time to contact you; if you have had an appointment rescheduled, you are at the top of our list to call. We will be doing our best to ensure that everyone is re-booked as soon as possible. However, if you would like to get in sooner, or are having a concern, please feel free to give us a call.

What can I expect at my next dental appointment?

  • We will be ​pre-screening ​all patients prior to their appointments, and one more time upon arrival.
  • We are requesting that only the person who is booked for an appointment enter the office where ever possible (parents and caregivers will be permitted if necessary).
  • Upon arrival for your appointment, you will be asked to use hand sanitizer at the front entrance, and also to wear a mask until you are seated in the treatment room. (A mask will be provided if you do not have your own)
  • We will be staggering appointment times to limit the number of people in our offices to promote and encourage physical distancing.
  • There are hand hygiene stations located throughout the offices.
  • We have installed plexiglass barriers in the waiting room to protect our patients and team members.


When exactly can I book an appointment?

  • We are seeing emergencies this week, but starting Mon, June 8th, we will begin seeing all patients with outstanding treatment

What procedures will we be able to do?

  • We will be able to perform all procedures, including extractions, fillings, root canal treatments, fabricating night guards and anything else that has been delayed due to COVID19

Will I be able to get my teeth cleaned and my regular recall exam (check up)?

  • We are hoping to begin scheduling hygiene appointments by the middle of June
  • As guidelines change this may be sooner or later

How will you contact me for my next appointment?

  • One of our team members will contact you to review your needs and schedule your appointment appropriately. We will be initially focussing on following up on emergency and urgent care. Please call, text or email us if you have a specific concern and we will respond ASAP.

Do we have enough PPE?

  • Absolutely! Our offices will be well equipped to keep you and our teams safe.
  • We have been providing emergency care throughout the pandemic with appropriate PPE

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