Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies

While most dental problems can be avoided with regular care and examinations at our Lakeshore Dental Centre, emergencies do happen. We offer same-day appointments for dental emergencies because your well-being is our priority. However, a dental clinic isn’t always close by when an emergency occurs. The following provides information about immediate care for various dental emergencies that will hopefully help you and your family when you require urgent help.



Dental Trauma

For a dental injury caused by physical trauma to the mouth or head (falling, automobile accident or sports activity), seek immediate professional attention.


Knocked-Out Adult Tooth

It is possible to reimplant lost teeth. Rinse the loose tooth and place it back into the socket, under the tongue or in a container of milk. Immediately go to the closest dental clinic. If you seek dental care within 30 minutes, the tooth has a higher likelihood of being reimplanted. Baby teeth are usually not reimplanted because doing so often leads to the fusion between the tooth and jawbone, causing problems for future adult teeth.


Broken or Chipped Tooth

Broken or chipped teeth can often be bonded back together. Save the broken piece of your tooth and seek dental care. If a large part of your tooth is broken, a root canal treatment or a dental crown may be required.


Tooth Pain

Toothaches and sensitivity should not be ignored, even when the pain is brief and bearable. Tooth pain can indicate something more severe. Seek dental care immediately after experiencing pain. Take pain medication if needed, but do not apply substances to the teeth or gums. Rinse the area that is experiencing pain with warm water and salt. Avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages as well as sweet foods and beverages.


Lost Filling

Rinse the area and place a piece of cotton ball or soft wax in the hole to prevent food and bacteria from entering. Seek dental care as soon as possible.


Loose Crown or Bridgework

Use denture adhesive to temporarily secure the loose crown or bridgework. Be sure to remove it before you sleep. Seek dental care as soon as possible.


Cracked Dentures

Use denture adhesive to temporarily reassemble denture. Be sure to remove and clean as usual before you sleep. Seek dental care as soon as possible.


Canker Sores

Small sores in the mouth are caused by stress, irritation and diet. They usually last 7-10 days. Avoid abrasive foods, acidic beverages and physical irritation of the area. Over-the-counter medications may be applied to aid healing and pain relief.


Cold Sores

Cold sores or “fever blisters” sometimes form around the mouth, on the lips or under the nose. They are caused by a virus that remains within the person for life. The sores are triggered when the person experiences extreme stress, fatigue or when he/she is exposed to an excessive amount of sunlight. Certain medical gels can be applied to the area to decrease discomfort. Avoid kissing, sharing drinks or eating utensils with an infected person.