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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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Dear Smile Centre Family,

The recent Ontario government announcement declaring a state of emergency and issuing of a new stay-at-home order has caused some uncertainty. We wanted to let you know that all of our Smile Centre locations are still OPEN.

As dental professionals we have been classified as an essential part of healthcare and will continue to provide both preventive, restorative, and emergency treatment. We will not be providing some elective services such as teeth whitening at this time.

We are grateful to remain open as we know how important it is to stay on top of dental issues before they become major problems. Good oral health is directly related to good overall health. 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. Our strict protocols include: Advanced pre screening, using Hepa air filters, wearing advanced PPE, and limiting the number of people in the office by making virtual consultations available. Our offices have always prided ourselves on being experts when it comes to asepsis and sterilizations protocols and it should be noted that there has been no evidence of COVID spread related to dental offices at this time.

Should you have any questions, or wish to postpone or delay any upcoming appointments, please feel free to reach out. We completely understand that not everyone is comfortable receiving dental treatment at this time and we will do our best to accommodate all of your needs while making sure that you feel safe.

Continuing to follow our enhanced safety guidelines, that we have had in place since June, 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 during these uncertain times,

Your Smile Centre