Common Dental Emergencies

Dental injuries can range from small tooth chips to knocked-out teeth, and they all require the attention of an Edmonton dentist. You should always get yourself to an Edmonton emergency dental clinic such as Westmount Dental Centre following any type of dental injury. Some first aid may also be necessary after a dental injury.


Here is a guide for what to do following different types of dental injuries, including a broken or knocked-out baby tooth, a broken or cracked permanent tooth, and a knocked-out permanent tooth.

Broken or Knocked-Out Baby Tooth

A broken or knocked-out baby tooth is usually not the biggest cause for concern, as your child's permanent teeth will eventually grow in. However, your child still needs to be seen by an Edmonton family dentist to make sure that there is no serious damage and to possibly get a space retainer. When the injury occurs, make sure you follow these steps:

• If the area is bleeding, apply pressure with a piece of wet gauze.
• Manage any pain and swelling with ibuprofen or acetaminophen, or by holding an ice-pack to your child's cheek.
• Contact your family dentist in Edmonton for the quickest appointment you can get.

Broken or Cracked Permanent Tooth

Even if the injury is not painful, a tooth crack or chip can cause the tooth to become infected. Take these steps to help prevent more serious damage:

• If your tooth is chipped or broken, collect any pieces of the tooth that you can find.
• Rinse your mouth gently using warm water.
• Contact your Edmonton dentist to schedule an appointment, preferably as soon as possible.

Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth

A knocked-out permanent tooth is a pressing dental emergency that requires the immediate attention of an Edmonton emergency dentist. As soon as a tooth has been knocked out, follow these steps:

• Find and pick up the tooth.
• When handling a knocked-out tooth, make sure you only hold it by the crown (the part that is visible above the gums), not the root.
• If there is any dirt or debris on the tooth, place it in a bowl of lukewarm water for about 10 seconds to rinse it off.
• Contact an Edmonton emergency dental clinic, explain the situation, and ask to be seen as soon as possible.
• Rinse your mouth with warm water and, if possible, reinsert the tooth back into its socket. Bite down on gauze to hold it in place.
• If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport it in your cheek or in a container of milk.

Westmount Dental Centre: Your Emergency Dentist in Edmonton

If a dental injury happens to you or your child, stay calm, follow the instructions above, and try to get to an emergency dentist in Edmonton as soon as possible. At Westmount Dental Centre we will do everything we can to make sure that you are seen by one of our experienced West Edmonton dentists that same day.

For all of your emergency dental services in Edmonton, don't hesitate to contact Westmount Dental Centre right away.

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