Do you have tooth pain or a toothache? We Can Help!
Polar Dental is an emergency dentist with locations in Toronto on Danforth, Yorkdale, Scarborough, Richmond Hill and Woodbridge Vaughan locations.
Immediately contact a dentist in case you are suffering from a toothache. Take some recommended painkillers like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen. You should make sure that you read the label first and avoid going over the maximum dose.
Usually, swelling occurs because of an infection. There might be a slight infection in your teeth or gum tissue, or there might even be a large amount of abscess that has to be drained. An infected swelling would usually feel quite tender and warm to the touch. You have to call immediately so you could be accurately diagnosed. After checking your teeth thoroughly, the appropriate treatment would be prescribed, as well as antibiotics.
You have to keep your crown secure so you can have it re-cemented as soon as you can to prevent further damage. Sometimes, root canal treatment is recommended. Call our emergency dental hotline immediately in case this happens.
Usually, a broken denture is relatively easy to repair. But never attempt to repair it on your own since this could result in further damage. Immediately schedule an appointment for repair.
Dental injuries include teeth that may be forced out of its position (extruded), broken (fractured) or knocked out. Injuries to the mouth are generally painful and have to be immediately treated by a dentist.
Once a tooth has been knocked out, you should recover it and remove any dirt or debris by washing it. You should not handle the root so you could protect the fibres in the root surface. But you can try to put the clean tooth back in its socket since it is possible to re-implant the tooth within 30 minutes of the injury. Or you could alternatively store the tooth inside a glass of cold milk. Immediately schedule an appointment by calling the dental emergency hotline.
If the tooth is pushed inward or outward and is out of place, you should apply a light finger pressure to reposition it to its normal alignment. Do not force it into its socket. Use a moist tissue or gauze to hold the tooth in its place. Immediately see a dentist.
The treatment of a fractured tooth depends on the degree of its injury. But whatever the degree of damage might be, you should see a dentist to get the appropriate treatment. Do not panic because it is easy to restore a fractured tooth. But if it feels painful, try to avoid biting in that area or eating hot or cold foods for the meantime.
For a minor fracture, a dentist can smooth it out and minimize the injury or do a composite restoration to it. Take extra care of your tooth for several days after treatment.
You may have a moderate fracture if there is damage to your enamel, dentin or pulp. A permanent crown may be used if there is no permanent damage to the pulp. But if there were damage to it, then you would need further treatment.
Usually, a severe fracture would mean that the tooth is traumatized and there is little chance of recovery. Dental injuries include puncture wounds, tears and lacerations to the tongue, cheek or lips. In the event of an injury, have the wound cleaned, sutured and repaired. If there is bleeding due to a tongue laceration, then try to pull the tongue forward and use gauze to put some pressure on it.
Our governing College, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) has advised dentists that they strongly recommend that all non-essential and elective dental services should be suspended immediately. Public safety is our number one concern. We need to put our patients’ interests and the safety of the community, first. Ontario has declared a state of emergency, and the Canadian government is strongly urging all Canadians to practice social distancing.
Dental hygiene services in a time of a "pandemic" are not considered emergency or essential services. Our College has advised that we postpone all appointments for Hygiene scaling/cleanings until further notice. We may however, be open for EMERGENCIES. We ask that you call one of our offices to schedule this, and to be pre-screened.
What is the definition of an essential service?
In dentistry, a “true emergency situation” includes oral-facial trauma, significant infection, prolonged bleeding or pain which cannot be managed by over-the-counter medications.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we are here for you and want to help. Please call our offices to speak with one of our representatives who will be able to screen and advise you accordingly. CONSULTATIONS OVER THE PHONE will be available with the Doctor, if needed.
This strong recommendation to suspend non-essential services, is being followed in interest of the public, our patients and our Team. We all need to act in a socially responsible manner. The College will revisit this recommendation in the first week of April. We will continue to keep you up to date.
Stay safe, and healthy.
Drs. Jim Argyropoulos, Robert Polese, Ari Voudouris & Associates