We always have a dentist on call for dental emergencies. If you call outside of regular business hours, the name and number of the dentist on call will be provided on our voice mail system.
Emergency Dental Care
Were you enjoying a nice dinner when you took a bite of what you thought was a lovely rigatoni when suddenly you felt something hard and unsettling while you were chewing? A piece of tooth, filling, or crown may have fractured or become loose.
Sometimes dental emergencies present themselves with a great deal of pain and then other times it is just an annoying sharp edge that your tongue won’t stop playing with. Immediately contact our office to schedule an appointment for an assessment.
Most Common Dental Emergencies
Teeth can start to ache due to the following conditions:
- Large or deep cavities
- Wisdom tooth eruption
- Clenching or grinding
Symptoms of a toothache can be one or more of the following symptoms:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Persistent throbbing – wakes you up at night
- Swelling of the gum tissue at the base of the tooth
- Fistula or boil at the base of the tooth
- Low grade fever
- Swelling that extends into the cheek or eye area (extreme emergency)
Crowns occasionally become dislodged while eating and can sometimes be re-cemented. Once it is dislodged, the affected tooth may be sensitive to temperature changes (hot/cold) and/or chewing.
If a crown comes out, it is important to make an appointment to have it looked at as soon as possible. Keep the crown in a safe place. If there is no cavity in the tooth, and there isn’t a tooth structure in the crown, there is a possibility that the dentist can re-cement it. If the crown is out of the mouth for a long period of time, the teeth may shift or sustain further damage and require more treatment.
Fractured Teeth or Fillings:
Teeth are strong, but they are still prone to fractures, cracks, and breaks. Sometimes fractures are painless but if the fracture extends down into the root, the pain can be extreme. Fractures, cracks, and breaks can take several different forms, but are generally caused by trauma, grinding and biting.
If a tooth has been fractured or cracked, call Landmark Dental Centre as soon as possible to determine how quickly you need to see the dentist and we will make an appointment for you.
Call our office ASAP and we will schedule an assessment and treatment of toothaches/abscesses the same day.
Tooth knocked out (avulsed tooth):
If a permanent tooth has been knocked clean out of the mouth, it is important to see a dentist immediately. If the tooth can be placed back into its socket asap, there is a chance the tissues will grow to support the tooth once again.
Here are some steps to take:
- Call Landmark Dental Centre, or the dentist on call.
- Pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it under warm water. DO NOT touch the root.
- If possible, place it back into its socket – if not, put the tooth next to your cheek like hard candy.
- If the tooth cannot be placed in the mouth, put the tooth into a cup of milk, saliva, or water as a last resort. It is important to keep the tooth from drying out.
- Get to the dentist quickly and safely. Ideally, the dentist sees you within 60 minutes.
We will try to replace the tooth in its natural socket. In some cases, the tooth will reattach, but if the inner mechanisms of the teeth are seriously damaged, root canal therapy may be necessary.
Phone: (250) 656-4848
Fax: (250) 656-5786
Emergency: (250) 656-4848
2506 Beacon Avenue
Sidney, BC V8L 1Y2
Mon 8:00am – 4:00pm
Tues & Wed 8:00am – 8:00pm
Thu 8:00am – 6:00pm
Fri 8:00am – 4:00pm
Sat & Sun – Closed