Emergency Dental Appointment

Call us Immediately to Receive Emergency Attention

If you’re in need of urgent dental care, call now to book a same day emergency treatment.

Responding to emergencies after hours is limited to existing Laurentian Dental patients only. There is an on-call service provided by the Waterloo-Wellington Dental Association for those patients who do not have a dentist and require after-hours assistance at: 1-888-757-9361.

Call The Office

(519) 742-2084

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Office Hours

Monday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Office Location

245 Strasburg Road
Kitchener, ON
N2E 3W7

Dealing with a Dental Emergency

When an emergency arises our main goal is to get you out of pain, and to take care of infection if this is the cause of the problem. We do our best to respond to your needs promptly because we understand how difficult it can be to function with pain. If an emergency arises when our office is closed and you are already a patient with us, please call the office and follow the instructions on the answering machine. Our dentist on call will return your page and help you deal with the problem.

Guidelines

Sometimes it is difficult to decide if a situation requires emergency treatment. Use common sense – if you are concerned and feel you need immediate help, please contact us. Here are some guidelines:

Acute Trauma

If there is blood from around the tooth, from within the tooth severe pain or mobility or loss of teeth this is an emergency.

Infection

If there is pus or exudate coming from a tooth or the gums this is an emergency.

Tooth Chip or Break

If there is blood from the tooth, throbbing pain or the broken edges of the tooth are causing laceration of the cheek or tongue this is an emergency.

If there is no pain this can wait until the next business day.

Severe Pain or Swelling

If there is pain or swelling of the gums around a tooth, difficulty opening the jaw or eye, or acute pain this is an emergency.

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Many unwelcome dental emergencies can occur, whether you’re playing sports with a mouth-guard, grinding teeth, biting down on something too hard or simply taking part in everyday activities – causing a tooth to come loose, crack, chip or fall out. Read on to become familiarized with the most common dental emergencies.

Thinking fast in the event of a dental emergency can be challenging, especially when you or a loved one are in sudden distress. But being proactive, knowing what to do and responding in time can help save a tooth.

Knocked Out

If an adult tooth gets completely knocked out (avulsed):

  • Retrieve it, if possible, and hold the tooth by the crown (the white enamel part) being careful not to touch the root.
  • Rinse the root in clean cold water if there is any dirt etc. on it but do not scrub the tooth or remove any of the attached tissue.
  • Replant the tooth back in its socket to maintain moisture and increase the chances of a dentist successfully being able to treat the injury.

Replanting the avulsed tooth within 5 minutes ensures the best outcome, ligaments attaching the tooth to surrounding bone are still present on the root and can reattach as the body will still recognize it as its own. Try gently biting down on gauze or wet tea bag to keep the tooth in place and apply sustained pressure.

If the tooth can’t be replanted, it can be stored in a cup of milk or salt water to keep the root moist or even in your own saliva, carefully holding it between cheek and gum. Control bleeding with pressure and head straight to the dentist, with the tooth.

The above is for adult teeth only. Do not attempt to replant baby teeth as it could interfere with underlying permanent tooth health. Apply direct pressure to control bleeding and see a dentist as soon as possible.

Broken Tooth

If a tooth becomes broken, rinse your mouth out with warm water and keep the area clean. Apply cold compresses on your face to help reduce swelling and see a dentist immediately. If you can locate and keep the tooth fragment, bring it along to the dentist because in some cases it can be reattached. If the tooth is cracked more extensively than a chip, do not try to remove any portion of it and avoid wiggling or biting on it.

Jaw Injury

A jaw injury or possible fracture requires immediate treatment from a dentist or emergency room. Apply cold compresses on the way to help reduce swelling. 

Broken Braces

If a loose or broken wire from braces is irritating your mouth, try covering the wire with a small piece of gauze, beeswax, or a cotton ball until you’re able to see a dentist. If a wire gets stuck in the gum tissue, cheek or tongue never try to pull it out yourself and see the dentist immediately.

Bitten Tongue or Lip

If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If bleeding is heavy or doesn’t stop after a short time, visit a dentist or emergency room immediately.

Toothache

Rinse mouth out with warm water, floss gently to remove any trapped food. See a dentist as soon as possible. 

Dental Emergencies for Kids

It’s important when dental emergencies happen with children involved to maintain composure and not add to the anxiety of the situation. In the event of a dental emergency:

  • check your child’s mouth for bleeding
  • stop any bleeding by applying pressure
  • clean the wound carefully
  • assess the severity
  • take your child to a doctor or dentist as soon as possible

Children naturally lose baby teeth but if one gets knocked out by force, it’s important to see a dentist right away to prevent infections and control bleeding.

Travel Dental Emergencies

In the event of a dental emergency while travelling, use your smartphone or device search capabilities to find a nearby dentist. Or visit the nearest emergency room for a dentist referral. If overseas, contact your country’s embassy, or hotel staff where you’re staying for immediate assistance.

Air Travel and Tooth Pain

Changes in pressure from flight travel can cause tooth pain. On an airplane, toothaches can occur during takeoff and landing when the air pressure changes the fastest.

If you experience a toothache before takeoff or the occasional tooth pain that flares up, flying can intensify the pain. Toothaches from flying can also signal an underlying dental problem for some, such as defective fillings or decayed teeth.

No one wants to deal with a dental emergency while on vacation, it helps in preparation for travelling to visit your dentist before departing. Best practices include taking care of an overdue root canal and other procedures before you’re far from home, and getting a thorough check for any loose fillings, caps, any sensitive teeth or dental problems to be treated before travelling.

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