Dental Emergencies in Langley, BC
Accidents cannot be avoided, but knowing what to do when it occurs can make a difference between saving a tooth and losing it. It is considered a dental emergency when a dental problem requires immediate treatment in order to save a tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding or ease severe pain. If you have a dental emergency, your dentist is the first person to call. Langley Dental Centre in Langley BC is open to accepting dental emergencies on appointments even on Sundays and other Holidays. Make sure you have our after-hours contact information at all times.
Whether at home, office or traveling, the following tips can help you manage a dental emergency until you can get to the dentist.
Tips for Common Dental Emergencies
Knocked-out tooth: is a dental emergency and needs immediate attention. Appropriate handling of the knocked out tooth by the victim can help the dentist preserve the tooth by reinserting it. Keep the crown moist at all times. Try to place the tooth back in the socket (without touching the root) if possible, and gently bite to put it back in place. Else, put the tooth in a bowl of milk and visit your dentist office immediately.
Cracked tooth: Fractured or cracked tooth is serious dental emergencies that need immediate attention. Call your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment, in the meanwhile rinse the mouth with warm water and clean the area. Apply cold compress to prevent swelling, if it was caused by facial trauma.
Loose Tooth: If you have a loose tooth or a tooth that is out of alignment, you may need an emergency appointment. Meanwhile, try putting it back in its original position applying light pressure by biting down. Your dentist may use splint it with the adjacent teeth to keep it stable.
Toothaches: If you have severe tooth ache, rinse the mouth with warm water and gently use dental floss to clean any food particles stuck between the teeth. Do not use sharp or pointed objects to remove any stuck food particles.
Tissue Injury and Facial Pain: Injury in your oral cavity such as puncture wounds, lacerations, tears to the lips, cheeks, mouth and tongue, are considered tissue injuries and a dental emergency. Clean the area with warm water. If you have a bleeding tongue, gently pull it out and apply pressure on the tongue using a gauze. Visiting the nearby dental hospital emergency or an oral surgeon for care.
Severe Infection or Abscess in the Mouth: Either of them can be life-threatening and must be immediately attended to. A root canal may be required in some cases when you will be referred to a general dentist or an endodontist to drain out the abscess. Seek hospital emergency room care if you cannot reach your dentist.
Bitten Tongue or Lip: Clean up the area with a wet cloth; then place a cold compress on injured area to bring down any swelling. If there is excessive or persisting bleeding, reach out to your dentist immediately or an emergency centre.
How to Prevent a Dental Emergency
A lot of the dental emergencies can be easily prevented through routine checkups with your dentist, as this will ensure that your oral and dental health is in good shape with strong teeth, free from decay.
Here are few safety tips to prevent injuries:
- Wearing a mouth guard during sports activities will help to prevent teeth from being chipped, knocked out or fractured
- Avoid chewing on ice and hard foods may break or fracture your teeth.
- A dental checkup before you plan a long distance or out of the country travel will help, because you may not have a quick access to a dentist. During the checkup, your dentist will ensure that you do not have loose crowns, teeth or decay that could develop into an abscess and cause pain. He could fix any problems to prevent from becoming a dental emergency later.
If you need more information about safe care in the event of a dental emergency while travelling, contact Langley Dental Centre at 604 455 6247.
Be Equipped for a Dental Emergency
Since an emergency can happen anytime, at any place, it would help to be prepared, so you don’t have to panic when it occurs. Keeping a dental first aid kit, handy helps. The kit can have phone number (after office hours) of your dentist, a gauze and a soft cloth.
Why Langley Dental Centre?
Having access to an emergency dentist to attend to your dental problem is a blessing especially during late night hours or during holidays. If you find yourself in dental pain or an injury and think you have a dentist emergency, evaluate if it is dental emergency situation. (refer the emergency conditions).
Langley Dentist Center in Langley BC is centrally located and serves the areas around it such as Langley Township, Coquitlam, Surrey, Abbotsford etc. If you have a dental emergency you can contact us at (604) 455-6247. We are available for dental emergencies on Sundays or Holidays on appointments.
Clinic Ambience: Langley Dental Centre has a relaxing and hygienic ambience, friendly staff who care about our patients’ comfort, safety and security. The office maintains golden standards for sterilization clinical protocols.
Expertise: Our dentists excel in patient care and treating services. Our patients spend much less time in the chair as we use the latest techniques for effective and precise treatment outcomes, making our patients comfortable.
Insurance: We accept all health and dental insurance plans for your treatment and for routine teeth cleanings.