Dental Emergencies

Our Calgary Dentist is Here to Help with Your Dental Emergency 

When you're in dental pain or experiencing a dental emergency, you need help, now. Waiting several days for an emergency dental appointment is simply not an option.

At Advance Your Health Dental, Dr. Dirk Thompson and his team are committed to helping patients manage sudden dental pain and other dental emergencies that require immediate treatment by always trying to accomodate same day emergency dental patients.  If you believe you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office immediately so one of our team members can assess your situation and fit your into our schedule as soon as possible.  

How Do You Treat a Dental Emergency?

When you come to our Calgary dentist office for an emergency dental appointment, our first priority will be to completely assess your dental situation and address any immediate concerns such as pain, swelling and infection.  X-rays may be necessary, depending upon the emergency.  Sometimes, due to infection, final treatment may not be possible until the infection subsides so you may be treated with a course of antibiotics. 

If the emergency requires referral to a specialist, particularly in the case of a broken jaw, we will call the specialist and ensure that timely arrangements for you to be seen by a specialist are made.  Before leaving, you will be provided with Dr. Dirk Thompson's after hours contact phone number so that you will be able to speak with him if you have any concerns whatsoever after your dental appointment is completed and the dental office is closed.     

For your convenience, we are centrally located in central NW Calgary in the Kensington (Sunnyside and Hillhurst) areas to serve patients from all over Calgary, Airdrie, and Cochrane.

What if I Have a Dental Emergency After Regular Business Hours?

If you are experiencing a dental emergency after our regular business hours, please call the emergency dental phone number provided to you by our Calgary dental office and one of our team members will get back to you as soon as possible.

You may also send us an email and we will respond to you to discuss your emergency dental issue and make arrangements as soon as possible. 

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, please call 911 (when appropriate only), 811 or proceed to the emergency department of your nearest hospital. 

If you have are experiencing any dental emergency, please call our office at 403.283.4252.  Advance Your Health Dental is a general Calgary dental office.

What is a Dental Emergency?

If you are suffering from any type of dental pain, or if you have had any injury to your tooth or to its surrounding tissue, this is likely a dental emergency and should be attended to as soon as possible.

Common types of dental emergencies include:

  • toothaches or throbbing tooth pain
  • chipped, fractured, knocked out or broken teeth
  • loss of a filling or crown
  • a badly bitten lip or tongue
  • bleeding in the lips, gums or tongue
  • facial swelling of any kind
  • pain when biting or chewing
  • tooth or gum infection
  • sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • sensitivity to sweet liquids or food

When Should I Go To The Hospital For a Dental Emergency?

Generally most dental emergencies should be addressed by your dentist.  If you suspect that you have a fractured jaw, or if you are experiencing uncontrolled bleeding, severe infection or severe swelling, then we recommend that you call 811 and go to the emergency department of your nearest hospital as these are dental emergencies that are best assessed by a physician.

Is an Abscessed Tooth 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 pain (ranging from moderate to severe), fever, teeth sensitivity, swelling in the areas of the face and gums, redness and inflammation, and pain when eating and drinking.

An abscessed tooth may be a dental emergency, depending upon the severity of the infection.  In any event of the severity, however, an abscessed tooth should never be ignored and should be attended to by a dentist as quickly as possible.

Depending upon the severity of the infection, our Calgary dentist may treat your abscessed tooth with a variety of methods, including antibiotics which are used to kill the bacteria causing the infection, draining the infection caused by the abcessed tooth or a root canal.

The best way to signficantly 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.

If You Think You Are Experiencing a Dental Emergency, Call Us.  We're Here to Help.

If you are experiencing any of these or any other type of sudden or unexpected tooth pain or injury, we recommend that you call us immediately 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 dental office at 403.283.4252. We are here for you.

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