A mouth injury, such as a chipped, broken or loose tooth, or bleeding from a laceration, can often become a dental emergency. A sudden toothache or post-op complications can also warrant urgent attention. In addition to pain, you may have some bleeding, a chipped, broken or loose tooth, swelling or fever.
Examples of dental emergencies
- Broken tooth (or teeth)
- Partial or complete displacement or extrusion
- Infection, abscess or swelling of the face
- Acute tooth pain
- Loss of a filling
- Broken prosthesis, rendering it unusable
Clinical cases and procedures
Broken tooth following a sports injury
If you’re not in pain and the damage is minor, just make an appointment with us and we’ll repair the damaged tooth.
Accidental loss of a tooth
Rinse the tooth (do not rub it), holding it by the crown, which is the part of the tooth that protrudes from the gum. Then, try carefully inserting the tooth into the gum, keeping it in place with your tongue.
If the injury was sustained by a young child, put the tooth in a small container and give it to the dentist.
If there is bleeding, rinse your mouth with water and put some gauze on the wound, biting down on it gently. The light pressure should help stop the bleeding.
Throbbing molar pain
Because the pain may be caused by food particles caught between your teeth, you should first rinse your mouth using warm water and then use dental floss.
Do not press an aspirin or any other analgesic to the gum, as it can burn tissue.
If rinsing and flossing doesn’t work, see a dentist. Sharp, sudden pain should not be ignored as it is often the sign of an infection.
Remember that pain and excessive bleeding are indications of a serious situation. If you’re unsure, call us at 514-593-9229. We’ll be happy to provide advice on what to do, schedule a follow-up appointment or treat your emergency.