What’s Considered a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is typically characterized by severe pain or trauma that requires immediate treatment to maximize the chances of preserving the affected tooth. During this pandemic you might be hesitant to consult a dentist. To help you assess if you need urgent care, here are some examples of dental emergencies that should be dealt with as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate to call us if you need more information; we are here to help you.

  • Knocked-out tooth

If a tooth falls out as a result of impact or other trauma, call your dentist immediately. A knocked-out tooth can usually be saved if it’s re-implanted within an hour. However, root canal therapy may be necessary to reattach the tooth if its interior is damaged.

In the meantime, try to handle the tooth as little as possible and don’t touch the root. Rinse the tooth under warm water and place it in your cheek or a small container of milk to prevent it from drying out.


  • Cracked or broken tooth

A tooth can be cracked or broken by trauma, grinding or biting. Contact your dentist as soon as possible, especially if you’re in pain or the remaining tooth has sharp edges. A composite filling, a crown or root canal therapy may be required to reinforce the tooth depending on the severity of the fracture.

In the meantime, rinse your mouth with warm water and hold a cold compress to your cheek to reduce pain and swelling. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes.


  • Lost filling or crown

If a filling or crown falls out, the tooth will be vulnerable to further damage and can shift. The exposed tooth tissue may also be painful and sensitive to pressure and temperature. Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to get the filling or crown replaced.

In the meantime, apply clove oil to the tooth to alleviate pain. Rinse the crown and keep it in a safe place as your dentist may be able to reattach it.


  • Loose tooth

If trauma or decay loosens a tooth from its socket, make an appointment with your dentist immediately to assess whether the nerves or blood vessels are damaged. Root canal therapy may be necessary to save the tooth.

In the meantime, hold a cold compress to your cheek to reduce discomfort.


Emergency Dentistry in Canmore

At Canmore Smiles, we provide prompt treatment for dental emergencies to alleviate pain and help preserve damaged teeth. We also offer cosmetic and restorative dentistry services to help you regain a full, healthy smile. For more information or to schedule an appointment at our Canmore clinic, contact us today.


For a dental emergency, call us immediately at 403-678-4533.