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Imagine you’re taking a nap after a long working day and you suddenly wake up with excruciating pain in your tooth in the middle of the night. This unfortunate incident would definitely require emergency dental care. Dental emergencies are always uninformed but should never be neglected. Yes, some say that a few DIY hacks can give you temporary relief from the pain. But you must visit a dentist if the pain doesn’t subside. If you live in or around Calgary, just visit us for any sort of dental emergency without looking at your watch or the calendar.
You’re taking a bite of that chocolate chip cookie and something unfortunate happens! You chip a tooth! Those chunky choco chips could have also dislodged a tooth filling. Such pain and discomfort would definitely hinder your normal day-to-day activities like eating your favourite snack, drinking (almost anything hot or cold), sleeping peacefully, even breathing! But do you know what else do dental emergencies trigger? Anxiety! Worry! Concern! Yes, it is natural to feel that way when distressed. Many individuals with a dental emergency are unaware of the solutions or remedies that need to be taken immediately. There are too many unanswered questions like:
Can a lost tooth be saved? Is it advised to take painkillers for a dental emergency? Should you rush to a dentist immediately? Is there any temporary relief remedy while you wait to be treated? All these questions are viable and probable amongst patients that need dental emergency treatment.
We understand the severity of dental emergencies and provide you with treatment services 24/7/365 for these dental conditions:
A toothache can occur suddenly and disrupt your day. When the pain becomes severe, it’s impossible to focus on anything else. In fact, a severe toothache is directly qualified for a dental emergency. There are many reasons that could trigger a toothache. You receive toothache relief depending on the severity of your condition.
A severe toothache can be caused by tooth sensitivity or a dental infection. Some people are sensitive to extreme temperatures. They bite into an ice-cream cone and all of a sudden they are holding their jaw in excruciating, sudden, pricking pain. These extreme sensations are the same for some who ingest hot beverages or certain foods. While tooth sensitivity isn’t really an emergency but it should be examined as soon as possible to ensure there’s nothing too serious happening.
Cracked or Broken Teeth
Our teeth are remarkably strong but can sadly chip off or crack due to injuries. A cracked or broken tooth isn’t really life-threatening but needs to be treated to avoid any further serious dental problems. The severity depends on how exactly your tooth was broken and how much of it has broken off. A broken or cracked tooth may not hurt but can injure the lips, cheek, or tongue. If a large chunk of the tooth is broken off, it is likely that the nerves inside the tooth might be damaged causing extreme discomfort. This happens when the nerve endings in the dentin are exposed to air, too hot, or too cold foods and drinks.
There is no way you could treat a cracked or broken tooth at home. You need to visit the dentist. If the pain is continuous and persistent, it is a serious warning sign. A damaged nerve would require an emergency root canal treatment if the break was caused by a cavity. If nothing can be done to save the tooth, then an emergency tooth extraction is the option the dentist would choose.
Gum or Mouth Disease
Gum or mouth disease is a common oral health problem that many individuals face but is easy to neglect. The symptoms of gum disease don’t show up that easily and thus are easy to overlook. When people don’t take oral health and hygiene seriously, that’s when problematic consequences occur and can even lead to tooth loss eventually. You need to play detective by keeping a sharp eye to catch signs of this nefarious intruder. Maintaining good oral hygiene is the only way to avoid gum or mouth disease. But in case you begin showing signs of gingivitis or more advanced stages of gum disease, you will require immediate dental treatment.
There are plenty of problems that are considered mouth sores. They can range from canker sores to food, hand, and mouth disease. However, sores in the mouth can be a type of gum disease. Mouth sores can be taken care of at home but if it doesn’t seem to heal after certain days then you need to schedule an appointment with your nearest dentist.
Jaw pains are often throbbing and uncomfortable. It can either be mild and get intense over time or it can just happen suddenly. However, the exact symptoms will vary depending on the root cause of the jaw pain. Only a qualified dental professional can determine the root cause of your jaw pain. However, here’s what you need to know when you experience jaw pain:
Grinding your teeth can cause severe damage to your teeth and is the leading cause of jaw pain. This isn’t similar to chewing but more like teeth clenching. Some individuals grind their teeth when they are stressed or nervous. Some even grind their teeth in sleep and are unaware of it. This can lead to a number of other dental issues if left untreated.
This is an infection that travels through the bloodstream of the body, affecting typically the bones and the surrounding tissues. People experience severe jaw pain, facial swelling, and fever when this infection impacts the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. This condition is fortunately curable with surgery and antibiotics to get rid of the infected bone fragments and tissues.
Temporomandibular disorder TMD
This disorder affects the temporomandibular joint of the jaw bone. In addition to the jaw pain, this disorder can cause the jaw to make a clicking sound when opening the mouth or chewing. In some severe cases, the jaw can become permanently stuck in an open or closed position due to this disorder.
Wisdom Tooth Infection
Wisdom tooth infection, also known as Pericoronitis, is a dental condition that causes infection and inflammation in the soft tissues surrounding the partially erupted tooth. This infection occurs around the third molars, the wisdom teeth.
There are a few symptoms associated with pericoronitis like pain, swelling, bad breath, and a bad taste in the mouth. The visible symptoms include inflammation in the flap of the tissue that covers the erupting wisdom tooth and pus discharge from that area. If this condition is left untreated, the infection spreads and can become life-threatening.
If you have your wisdom tooth erupting and you choose to not have it removed, it increases your chances of developing pericoronitis eventually. Wisdom teeth are prone to this infection because there’s often very little space left in the back of your mouth for them to erupt and grow. Also, people commonly have difficulty cleaning that far back in their mouths.
There are many other non-common dental conditions that need emergency treatments. These are some of the services we offer on an emergency basis.
Root Canal Treatments
The term ‘root canal’ literally means cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root. A root canal is a dental treatment that repairs and saves a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of extracting it. This procedure removes the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp) while cleaning and disinfecting the area and then filling and sealing it with a tooth cap. The common causes affecting the pulp are cracked teeth, a deep cavity, and trauma to the tooth.
People often have this misconception that root canals are extremely painful. But that was decades ago. Today, with dental advances and local anesthetics, people experience much lesser pain with a root canal. Advances surgical techniques and dental equipment make root canal a comfortable experience. Of course, after the procedure is done, there will be a little pain, swelling, and some tooth sensitivity but it is all manageable. In fact, root canals have a higher success rate and are significantly cheaper than tooth extraction and replacement with bridges or implants.
Restorative dentistry services involve the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and oral diseases. You could receive a treatment plan to restore teeth that are decayed, chipped, cracked, discoloured, or even if it’s missing. Restorative care is given to teeth that are affected by any of these or trauma-related defects. Depending on the condition of the dental emergency, the treatment can either be a filling, crown, implant or bridge.
Crowns, Implants, Bridges, Dentures
Bridges are usually fixed to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the gap caused due to teeth that are missing. Bridges are cemented to the existing teeth or their implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth are abutments and they serve as anchors for the bridge. The replacement tooth called a pontic is then attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. However, with crowns, you have a choice of which materials to choose for bridges. We will help you decide which ones to use, depending on which tooth is missing and its function, aesthetic considerations, and the cost. To match the colour of your teeth, choose porcelain or ceramic bridges to appear like natural teeth.
Dental implants are nothing but metal frames that are surgically positioned and fixed into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once they are acutely fixed, they allow the dentist to mount replacement teeth efficiently. Since implants are fused into the jawbone, they provide stable support for teeth restoration with artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges that are mounted to the implants won’t shift or slip due to the implant’s stability. Such stability is beneficial especially while eating and speaking. Such a secure fit helps the dentures and bridges feel more natural than the conventional removable ones.
There two types of safe implants that are commonly used:
Endosteal implants - these are surgically implanted directly in the jawbone. When the surrounding gum tissue is healed, a second surgery is performed to connect a post to the original implant. Eventually, an artificial tooth is attached to the post grouped with a bridge or a denture. In some cases, it can also be attached to the post individually.
Subperiosteal implants - these are made of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone below the gum tissue. As the tissues below the gum heal, the metal frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts that are attached to the metal frame, protrude through the gums. Compared to endosteal implants, these implants have artificial teeth mounted to the posts.
Braces Repair and Removal
During the dental braces procedure, a cheek retractor is used to keep the teeth visible and dry. The teeth are first polished ensuring that the braces will bond properly and then they are air-dried. A conditioner is then used over the front surface of the teeth for about 30seconds so that they further bond with the brackets. This solution is then cleaned off, the teeth are dried and an adhesive primer is applied on the teeth to enhance the braces bonding process. Cement is applied on the back of the brackets which are then placed on the predetermined position over the teeth. Once they are in place, the excess cement is cleaned and the brackets are hardened with a high-intensity light in the right place. The retractor is then removed, and the dental arch wires are placed in position.
When the orthodontist determines that the alignment treatment is complete, your braces will then be removed with a simple, pain-free process. The bond between the brackets and the teeth is safely, gently broken. The adhesive bond releases once the base of the brackets are squeezed and then the brackets are removed. During this procedure, the adhesive is still left over the teeth to prevent any kind of damage to the enamel and the tooth structure.
To provide safe and efficient dental emergency treatments, we also offer pain free anesthesia that makes every dental experience comfortable for our patients. We understand that every individual has a unique tolerance level towards pain. For extractions and oral surgery, the right amount of anesthesia is essential. Our expert team of dentists and orthodontists at Calgary provide our patients with trauma management as well in case the dental emergency is severe.