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Top Tips for a Dental Emergency

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What To Do In A Dental Emergency

If you’ve ever experienced a dental emergency, you know it can bring your life to grinding halt. Not having the full use of your teeth disrupts your quality of life, and let’s not forget the pain. A toothache can cause a unique brand of excruciating pain that prevents you from eating, sleeping, and taking care of your family.  Dr. Cathy Hong wants to encourage all her patients to stay calm if you experience a dental crisis and call us at Winchester Dental as soon as possible.

We can help you assess your problem, determine whether the situation is an emergency, and make you an appointment to get you seen as soon as possible. Whether you are already a patient or are looking for a dentist, take a moment to add us to your contacts now (905-425-4205), and we will be your Brooklin, Ontario emergency dentist!
In the mean time, here is some general advice for dealing with a dental crisis, which may help you in the future.

A Knocked-Out Tooth

Knocked-out teeth are a common emergency among athletes young and old, but can happen due to many different types of accidents. If you or a family member has had a tooth knocked out and have recovered the tooth, put it into a small container of milk or saliva and bring it to the dentist ASAP.

A knocked-out tooth can sometimes be replaced in the socket, so it’s important to handle the tooth as little as possible. Do not wash the tooth, as this may remove the delicate connective tissues that may make re-attachment possible. If the tooth does not take, or if the tooth has been broken in the process, we can help you understand your options for tooth replacement, such as dental bridges and dental implants.

We most definitely consider a knocked-out tooth to be an emergency, so don’t hesitate to contact us if this happens to you!

A Cracked Tooth or Damaged Crown

A cracked or broken tooth is not usually considered an emergency unless it is causing significant pain and limiting your ability to perform your chew or speak normally. Call us if this happens to you and we will schedule a next-available appointment to get you seen as soon as possible.

A cracked or dislodged crown should also be seen as soon as possible, especially if the tooth is very sensitive. If the dislodged crown is intact, you may be able to temporarily replace it yourself to prevent pain until your appointment. Check your local pharmacy for an over-the-counter crown repair kit, which will have a temporary dental adhesive to keep it in place until your appointment.

In the mean time, limit your diet to soft foods and try to use the tooth as little as possible. Over-the-counter NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen may help reduce any pain; follow the package directions for dosage.


Toothaches can be throbbing, sporadic, or constant. They usually indicate deep dental decay, but they can also result from deep cracks or an abscess. A toothache that is so severe that it disrupts your ability to sleep or perform your usual routines is always a dental emergency. We never want to see anyone suffer in silence, so call us at any hour and we will make an appointment for you.

If a toothache is accompanied by swelling in the face or jaw, this usually indicates a dental abscess and will require a tooth extraction. If your toothache is extremely painful, but is not accompanied by swelling, you may need root canal therapy to address the infection but often will be able to keep the tooth. If your toothache is accompanied by a fever, go directly to emergency medical services, as you may have developed a life-threatening systemic infection.

For a non-emergency toothache, topical anesthetics such as eugenol (clove oil) can be effective at numbing tooth pain. NSAIDs can also reduce the pain of a toothache that comes and goes while you wait for your appointment. Even an ice pack applied to the cheek (but not inside the mouth) can reduce your pain somewhat. Stick with liquids and soft foods to avoid aggravating the toothache, as well.

Call Winchester Dental – We are Here for You!

For any dental crisis, call our team at Winchester Dental and a member of our staff will listen to your symptoms. Depending on the nature of the situation, we will schedule an emergency or next-available appointment and advise you of the steps you should take to protect your health and reduce sensitivity until your appointment. Call us at 905-425-4205 for your Brooklin, Ontario dental emergency; we are here for you!

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Winchester Dental
Family Dental Care in Brooklin ON

16 Winchester Rd E #5
Brooklin, ON
L1M 1B3, Canada

Mon-Thu: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Fri: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sun: By Appointment only

Phone: (905) 425-4205