Dental 911: Recognizing the Need for Emergency Dental Treatment

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Emergency situations occur all the time in Maple Ridge, BC. Medical emergencies are typically treated in emergency room facilities at the hospital, but how about emergency dental treatment?

If you have ever experienced a broken or knocked out tooth, you know that treatment is needed IMMEDIATELY. However, if a patient is not covered by dental insurance or cannot see a dentist, often they resort to taking emergency dental measures. It is important to understand what is an important dental emergency, and what can wait for a few hours or days.

Examples of ‘Not as Serious’ Dental Emergencies:

  • Lost fillings
  • Chipped tooth
  • Wisdom teeth issues
  • Toothache
  • Root Canal problems
  • Loose Crowns
  • Mouth Ulcers

With these problems, you will be able to wait until a time when you can make an appointment with us at ValleyFair Dental Clinic. Take some painkillers in order to experience temporary relief.

Examples of ‘Serious’ Dental Emergencies:

  • Severe, unstoppable bleeding
  • Swelling in the face or neck
  • Dislocated, broken or fractured jaw
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Infections

In these cases, emergency dental treatment is required. These injuries may commonly occur in sporting accidents, car crashes, or children and should be taken immediately to an emergency dental facility.

These serious dental emergencies are also the only problems that require a visit to the emergency dental room. Always consider the options available and the gravity of your situation before phoning any local emergency dental clinic.

Contact us today to learn more about what to do in the case of a dental emergency.