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If you think you’re experiencing a dental emergency, contact us now. We’re here to help.




Our Calgary Dentist Is Ready For Your Dental Emergency.

Because when you have a dental emergency, you need help, now.

Our Calgary dentist, Dr. Dirk Thompson, and his general dentistry team are committed to helping you and your family manage sudden dental pain and other dental emergencies that require immediate treatment by always trying to accommodate same day emergency dental patients.

If you are experiencing sudden or unexpected tooth pain or injury, call us as soon as possible so we can assess the type and severity of your dental emergency. Even if you are not experiencing significant dental pain, we recommend that you be checked for possible structural damage to your tooth or damage to any surrounding tissue. Often, the sooner treatment is provided, the more favourable the outcome.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call our emergency Calgary dentist office. One of our emergency dental team members will assess your emergency and schedule your emergency dental appointment as soon as possible.

*Please note that there is no recognized specialty of an emergency dentist in Alberta. Our Calgary dentist, Dr. Dirk Thompson, is a general Calgary dentist committed to seeing emergency dental patients in an efficient and timely manner.

Please also note that, although our Calgary dentist endeavours to see emergency dental patients after our regular business hours wherever possible, we are not a 24 hour emergency dental clinic. If your emergency is after our regular Calgary dentist business hours, please leave us a message by phone, email or text and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.  

- What Is a Dental Emergency?

If you are suffering from any type of dental pain, or if you have had any injury to your mouth, tooth or its surrounding tissue, this is likely a dental emergency and should be attended to as soon as possible by our emergency dentist in Calgary, Dr. Dirk Thompson (please note that Dr. Dirk Thompson is a general Calgary dentist. There is no recognized specialty of emergency dentist in Calgary / Alberta).

Common types of dental emergencies include the following conditions.

Common Types of Dental Emergencies

a badly bitten lip or tongue

a chipped or fractured tooth

loss of a filling or crown

facial swelling of any kind

any other type of sudden dental pain

a knocked out tooth

a tooth or gum infection

a broken denture

objects trapped in your teeth

trauma to lips, teeth or gums

pain when biting or chewing

a toothache or throbbing pain anywhere in the mouth

If you are experiencing any of these or any other type of sudden or unexpected tooth pain or injury or any other emergency dentistry in Calgary, we recommend that you call our emergency dentist in Calgary as soon as possible so that we may assess the type and severity of emergency that you are experiencing.

Even if you are not experiencing significant pain, you should be checked for any possible structural damage to your tooth or damage to any surrounding tissue. Often, the sooner treatment is provided, the more favourable the outcome.

If you or your family member is experiencing a dental emergency, please call our Calgary general dental office for emergency dentistry care at 403.283.4252.

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What To Expect at Your Emergency Dental Appointment.

At our emergency Calgary dentist office, Advance Your Health Dental, we do everything we can to ensure that when you attend our office for an emergency dentistry appointment, you’re confident that you’re in good hands and we’re here for you every step of the way in dealing with your dental emergency.

At your emergency dental appointment, our Calgary dentist, Dr. Dirk Thompson, will:

Assess your dental emergency and complete an emergency dental examination.

Take x-rays as may be required, depending upon your dental emergency.

Recommend treatment for your dental emergency. If your dental emergency involves an infection, treatment may not be possible until the infection subsides. In this case, our Calgary dentist may prescribe a course of antibiotics.

Provide you with any recommended prescriptions for pain and/or infection.

Ensure that, before you leave, all of your concerns regarding your dental emergency have been completely addressed and all of your questions have been answered.

Provide you with our Calgary dentist's emergency cell phone number in the event that you have any concerns regarding your dental emergency after our regular business hours.

Do you have questions about our emergency dental services?
Are you or a family member experiencing a dental emergency?
Call us now.  We’re here for your dental emergency.


We Have Answers

Find out more about some of our most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies at our Calgary dentist office.

What do I do if I have a dental emergency outside of your Calgary dental clinic's regular business hours?

If you are experiencing a dental emergency outside of our regular business hours, you can: 


Please call the emergency dental phone number provided to you by our Calgary dentist's office or on our phone message and one of our Calgary emergency dentist members will get back to you as soon as possible.


We will respond as soon as possible to discuss your dental emergency and, if necessary, make arrangements to see you as an emergency dental patient.

If you believe you are experiencing a dental emergency, we’re here to help. Call our office at 403.283.4252. Advance Your Health Dental offers emergency dentistry services in Calgary and is a general Calgary dental office.


If your dental emergency involves a blow to the face, a fractured jaw, uncontrolled facial or mouth/gum bleeding, or a severe facial or tooth infection, call 811 (or 911 when appropriate) or proceed to the nearest emergency department as these types of dental emergencies should be attended to by an emergency physician.

How can I manage dental pain when I can't get to an emergency dental appointment immediately?

If your dental emergency involves an emergency toothache or other mild to moderate dental pain, the following can be very effective in relieving your dental pain until you can see our emergency dentist in Calgary:


over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) (eg Aspirin, Advil or Aleve) or acetaminophen (eg Tylenol, Extra-Strength Tylenol), if you cannot take NSAIDS (always use NSAIDS and acetaminophen as directed only)


an ice-pack wrapped in a towel and used at 10 minute on and off intervals


rinse with warm salt water to dislodge any food stuck in your teeth which may be causing discomfort and inflammation

What is a dental emergency?

Many dental issues can constitute a dental emergency including toothaches, throbbing tooth pain, any type of facial or gum swelling, a broken, cracked or knocked out tooth, a lost crown, pain when biting or chewing and infection. If you suspect you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office immediately as often the sooner your dental emergency is attended to, the more positive the outcome.

Treatment for a dental emergency varies depending upon the nature of the dental emergency. Your dental emergency may be treated with an antibiotic, filling or temporary filling, crown, root canal, or, in the worst case scenario, a tooth extraction. Our Calgary dental office may be able to offer you sedation dentistry if prior arrangements have been made for proper preparation for a sedation dentistry appointment. In our office, all dental emergencies are attended to as quickly as possible and are given our undivided attention.  After your emergency treatment, you will be provided with Dr. Dirk Thompson’s after hours phone number so that you may reach him if you have any questions or concerns at all, even after our office is closed for the day.

If you are experiencing uncontrolled bleeding, a blow to the jaw which you suspect may have fractured your jaw, a facial fracture, or any severe swelling, we recommend that you call 811 and go to the emergency department at your nearest hospital.

Is an abscessed tooth a dental emergency?

An abscessed tooth is not always a dental emergency. An abscessed tooth is an infection caused by moderate to severe periodontal disease, tooth decay or even a cracked tooth.  Symptoms of an abscessed tooth can include:




swelling in the areas of the face and gums


redness and/or inflammation


teeth sensitivity

An abscessed tooth may be a dental emergency depending upon the severity of the infection. Even if not a dental emergency, an abscessed tooth should never be ignored and should be attended to by our Calgary emergency dentist as quickly as possible. As with most dental issues, the sooner a concern is addressed, the better chances of having a more favourable outcome.

Our Calgary dentist may treat your emergency abscessed tooth with a variety of methods, including by:


prescribing antibiotics


starting a root canal or if possible completing a root canal


as a last resort option only, extracting the tooth

The emergency dental treatment recommended will depend upon a variety of factors, including the severity of the infection, your pain level and an overall assessment by our Calgary dentist of all available treatment options.

And remember, the best way to significantly reduce the risk of an abscessed tooth is to ensure that your oral health is maintained, including with regular brushing and flossing and regular dentist and dental hygiene visits and cleanings with our Calgary dentist and dental team.

When does my dental emergency need treatment at a hospital?

Generally, most dental emergencies can and should be addressed by our emergency Calgary dentist and not at a hospital. There are some dental emergencies, however, that require specialized attention beyond what Dr. Dirk Thompson, our general dentist, is able to do.

We recommend that you call 811 and/or go to the nearest hospital emergency department for assessment by a physician if you have or suspect that you have any of the following injuries:


a fractured jaw or a blow to the face or jaw


uncontrolled bleeding

severe infection

severe swelling

If you are unsure as to whether your circumstances qualify as a dental emergency that merits treatment at a hospital, you may also call Dr. Dirk Thompson during our regular general Calgary dentist business hours for immediate advice as to how to proceed or to make an appointment for our Calgary dentist, Dr. Dirk Thompson, to do an emergency dental examination and assessment.

If you believe you are experiencing a dental emergency, act quickly as prompt action may reduce the possibility of a more severe outcome.

What do I do if I have a knocked out tooth?

Experiencing a knocked out tooth is a very traumatic experience for both children and adults alike. This type of dental trauma is definitely an emergency and, as such, you should see our emergency Calgary dentist as soon as possible after it occurs as prompt action is imperative. Call our Calgary emergency dentist immediately if you or your child has knocked out a tooth. 

According to the Canadian Dental Association, although there is some possibility of successfully re-inserting a tooth up to two hours after being dislodged, the chances of success are substantially diminished after the first 20-30 minutes.

Read below for more information about what to do if you’ve knocked out a tooth. 

- What To Do If
You've Knocked
Out a Tooth.

Stay Calm.

First, stay calm and, if it is your child who has lost the tooth, try to gently reassure your child that they will be all right.

Apply Pressure.

If the area where the tooth was dislodged is bleeding, apply some gentle pressure with gauze or a clean cloth to stop the bleeding. Carefully wipe the area clean once the bleeding has stopped.

Clean it.

If the tooth has not been lost or swallowed, carefully retrieve the tooth, touching only its crown, not its roots, and gently run the knocked out tooth under warm water to clean any debris or dirt that may be on the tooth.

Place in Socket.

If you can, or if your child will allow you to, try to place the knocked out tooth back into its socket. Do so very carefully, paying close attention that the tooth is seated properly in the socket.

Hold in Place.

While you are waiting to see our Calgary emergency dentist for your emergency dentistry appointment, you can try to hold the tooth in place with clean gauze or a clean cloth or by biting down on the tooth, if possible, very gingerly.

Keep Tooth Moist.

If you are unable to place the tooth back into its socket, make sure you keep the tooth moist at all times by either placing it in your cheek or putting it into a glass of milk. Do not submerge the knocked out tooth into water as the chemicals in the water could damage the tooth.

Put in Cheek or Milk.

If you have a young child, be sure the child is able to keep the tooth in their cheek or in place without any risk of swallowing the tooth. If your child is too young or not comfortable enough to do this, place the tooth in a glass of milk.

Use an Emergency Kit.

Use a tooth emergency kit if you have one, which is available at most drug stores or from our Calgary dentist. Do not wrap the tooth in a towel or tissue as this will dry out the tooth and may contaminate it.

Call Our Calgary Dentist.

Call our emergency Calgary dentist office immediately and let us know that you or your child has suffered a knocked-out tooth and you need an appointment immediately. Our attentive dental team members will ensure that you or your child is seen promptly.

If you or your child has suffered a knocked out tooth, call our Calgary emergency dentist without delay. Saving your tooth is always the best outcome and, although there is no guarantee that the tooth can be saved, your best chances of success come with prompt action. Our emergency dentist in Calgary is here for you.

- Want To Know More About Our General Dentistry Services?

In addition to Calgary emergency dental services, our Calgary dentist is pleased to offer comprehensive general dentistry services to patients of all ages. Find out more about our services below.

Things To Think About

Act Quickly

time can make a difference

Generally with all dental emergencies, the quicker you attend for emergency dental treatment at our Calgary dentist office, the better the possibility for a more favourable dental outcome. Delaying treatment can result in increase in pain and discomfort as well as an increase in the risk of an infection or loss of a tooth. 

Stay Calm

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It’s important to stay calm, particularly in the event of a traumatic dental injury. Call our Calgary dentist office immediately and let us know that you have suffered a traumatic dental emergency so arrangements can be made to see you as soon as possible at our emergency dentistry clinic.


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After your emergency dental appointment, it is important to follow all future care instructions given by our Calgary dentist, including attending for completion of any treatment that could not be finished at your emergency dental appointment due to bleeding, infection or time constraints.

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