It’s probably not much of a stretch to conclude that a relentless ache or severe pain or even an accident in one’s mouth constitutes an emergency—or at least enough of a problem that one expedites a visit to a professional dentist who deals with dental emergencies in Ottawa. Many dental practices know this and are set up with the staff and the required flexible hours to accommodate last minute or out-of-the-blue visits from suffering patients.
Perhaps you’ve never been to the dentist for reasons other than regular oral hygiene maintenance or an occasional filling; if that’s the case, you are lucky. However, no one is immune to problems in the mouth, nor can anyone guarantee they’ll never have a dental emergency in the Ottawa area. It’s better to be prepared: Knowing both what constitutes an emergency, and what to do until you get to the dentist’s office may drastically impact how the emergency situation is able to be addressed, as well what the end result will be. In other words, in many cases, time is of the essence. Here are a few common dental emergencies addressed in Ottawa:
Toothaches are probably one of the most common complaints cited that need imminent intervention. As mentioned earlier, one can only put up with nagging pain for so long; the Canadian Dental Association recommends over-the-counter pain medication and ice pack in order to manage pain until you see the dentist. Dentists will provide the greatest relief in mitigating, or even completely eliminating the pain by dealing with the source of the problem.
Another dental emergency that occurs in Ottawa from time to time is a lost filling. Several sources recommend the temporary solution of filling the spot with a piece of sugarless gum until an appointment has been arranged. This will serve to protect the area, without introducing further pain.
Accidents are often the cause of more serious dental emergencies in Ottawa. Collisions, sports mishaps and the like all increase likelihood of trauma to the mouth. Being on the receiving end of a chipped or broken tooth, or having a tooth completely knocked out is no small matter, but if attended to quickly, can result in a positive outcome. Broken teeth can often be saved, with repairs done—like white fillings—to correct any cosmetic or functional damage. Furthermore, dentists may be able to put back a tooth that was knocked out completely. In this case, it is critical to act quickly; to increase the odds of a tooth taking root again, every minute counts. Again, the Dental Association of Canada suggests that placing the tooth in cold milk while travelling to the dentist may help preserve it.
For any dental emergency in Ottawa, dentists can provide the best possible outcome when they are provided with all the facts, circumstances, or symptoms, and by seeing the patient as soon as possible.