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Emergency Dentistry - Tooth Ache - White Pine Family Dentistry Hamilton Ontario

Are you experiencing severe toothaches? Have you suffered oral trauma? Don’t worry, the dentists at White Pine Family Dentistry are experienced in root canals, extractions, and other emergency dental services.

Continue reading for more information on what is considered a dental emergency or call our office immediately at 905-575-4404 if urgent assistance is required!

Types of Dental Emergencies

So, what constitutes a dental emergency? We handle a wide range of emergency dental issues, including:


Severe pain is a sign that something is amiss. The longer you wait, the more difficult (and expensive) the solution. Rinsing out your mouth with warm salt water will hopefully dislodge any trapped food between your teeth. If you are experiencing facial swelling, use a cold compress and acetaminophen for temporary relief.

Cut Tongue, Lip, or Cheek

For bleeding, apply pressure with sterile gauze to reduce the chances of infection and complication. Use your better judgment as well; if the cut looks significant, and bleeding does not seem to be subsiding, contact an emergency room.

Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Tooth

Not sure what to do for a broken tooth? Start by rinsing the area with warm water. Place a cold compress over the site of the injury. If you can, recover any broken tooth fragments. If possible, save the tooth fragment and rinse both your mouth and the salvaged tooth pieces with warm water.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Recover the tooth and hold it by the crown (top), not the root. Rinse, but do not over-cleaning or over-handling. Put and hold the tooth in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If reinsertion is impossible, carry the tooth in a cup of milk or water. Stopping the bleeding is most important. Don’t remove any attached tissue, they help re-secure the tooth!

Broken Wires and Braces

If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket in your braces and pokes around your mouth, try and push it to a non-bothersome position. If you can’t do this, add a cotton swab until you reach the dentist. Leave the wire as is. You may swallow it if cut.

Abscess Teeth

Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen can provide temporary relief as well. Use only as directed. An abscess is a serious infection that typically occurs in the gumline around the teeth. If left alone, infections might spread to the body. Visit your emergency dentist as soon as possible if you discover pain or swelling in the gums.

To expedite your care, the dentists at White Pine Family Dentistry also recommends adding 905-575-4404 to your contacts so that if an emergency happens, you can reach us immediately. Keeping our information handy will not only help you save valuable time, it could be important in helping to rescue an injured tooth.

Your health and comfort are our priority. We know oral pain is a concern of yours, which is why our team can schedule a consultation with you during regular business hours.

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies

Accidents are unplanned, and therefore hard to prepare for. The best option for staying in front of a dental emergency is to take prevention. Schedule regular exams every six months and continue your regimen of good oral hygiene. Brush at least twice a day, floss once per day, and avoid brittle foods like hard candy that may do damage to your teeth!

Our staff is ready during business hours to provide quick relief when a dental emergency happens. Reaching White Pine Family Dentistry after the office has closed is also easy with our after-hours service! So, if you have a dental emergency, and need emergency dental care near Hamilton Ontario, call us at 905-575-4404.

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