Emergency Dental Services in Vancouver
When thinking about emergency dental services in Vancouver, its significance and value may not be immediately apparent. It may help to imagine yourself in a scenario in which emergency dentistry is needed. Say you’re out partying into the early hours of the morning for a wedding, bachelorette party, etc. Now say “The Electric Slide” comes on. At this point, it’s every man for himself. One stray flail of an arm catches you in the lip and you feel the quick “pop” of your tooth flying free from your mouth. The party is officially over as panic sets in. Yes, it’s not every day you find yourself in need of emergency dentistry, but when you do need it, you need it ASAP!
Walk-in/After Hours/Dental Emergencies
This is where the friendly and professional staff at Dentist on Kingsway come in. We’re always ready to handle your dental emergencies. Our staff takes the time to work with our Vancouver patients, making sure they have the information and answers needed to get through their dental emergency with comfort and confidence.
You can contact the staff at Dentist on Kingsway with your dental emergency at (604) 558-2448. Be sure to specify that you are in need of immediate emergency dental services when you call.
There are two primary situations which may warrant the use of emergency dental services. The first is the accidental loss or severe chipping of a permanent adult tooth. This typically occurs as the result of being accidentally hit in the head or mouth. If the entire adult tooth has been knocked out, time will likely of the essence in successfully reattaching the tooth. See the first aid guide to dental emergencies below for more on what can be done to give yourself the best shot at a successful reattachment.
The second situation which may warrant the use of emergency dentistry would be if you should experience any sudden or overwhelming pain or discomfort. Think of this as being the level of discomfort you wouldn’t be able to successfully sleep through. In this case, seeing a dentist would likely allow you to identify the source of the pain and medicate it with prescription painkillers. In some cases, however, a more lengthy procedure will be required to remove the source of the pain and discomfort.
First Aid Guide to Dental Emergencies
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your mouth which you believe may necessitate emergency dental services, there are a few steps you should take ahead of time. The first course of action would be to thoroughly rinse the area with warm water. Next, Vancouver patients will want to floss teeth in the area to dislodge any food matter which may be lodged between your teeth, causing you this pain. The final step before meeting with the dentist is to apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth.
Should your tooth be knocked out (this includes fillings, crowns, veneers, etc.), you must first rinse off the chipped or disconnected fragments with cold water. If the tooth itself has been knocked out, be sure to handle it only by the crown (the portion which people see on a daily basis). If possible, try to put the tooth back in, making sure it is facing the right way. Do not force the tooth in or remove any fragments which may be trapped in the mouth. If the tooth is not fitting easily back into your mouth, place it in a small cup of milk (or water with a pinch of salt) to preserve the tooth until you can meet with a dentist at Dentist on Kingsway. Your tooth has the best chance of being successfully reattached if it is professionally treated within one hour of being knocked out of your mouth. Should you be unable to successfully reattach the lost tooth, you may need to start a conversation about alternatives such as an implant.
Dentist on Kingsway has been helping Vancouver residents defend their smiles with emergency dental services for years. Our seasoned emergency dentists are attentive to your needs and concerns throughout your treatment. For emergency dental services in Vancouver, call the experts at Dentist on Kingsway today!
You can reach us over the phone by calling (604) 558-2442 or request an appointment by filling out our form.