Emergency Care and Diagnosis
Dental emergencies can be troublesome and quite painful at times. If you are experiencing any major dental pains or have recently lost a part of your tooth, please give us a call right away to schedule for an appointment. While it is true that a lot of dental emergencies can be avoided by routine and preventative care, some cases just cannot be foreseen. Regardless of the nature of the emergency, it is important that you give us a call right away to schedule an appointment. If you are experiencing severe dental pain, the team will arrange to have you seen by one of our team members as soon as possible. There are varying degrees of dental emergencies, ranging from mild to severe. Your dentist may direct you to this site following your emergency dental visit to give you a better idea of what may have happened.
A surface fracture of a tooth may be quite painless if it did not extend too deep into the tooth. However, while the tooth itself may be painless, the chipped area may have become more susceptible to tooth decay and further trauma as it has lost the outer protective layer (enamel). Furthermore, some people may experience sharp edges on various parts of the tooth, leading to cutting of the nearby areas such as the tongue and the cheek. Conversely, if the chip were to happen on a front tooth, while it may be painless, it may still be unsettling to see a large portion of your smile missing.
Common causes of minor chipping are mild trauma to the area, a heavy bite (which would lead to continual stress of the tooth), or a heavily restored tooth (ie. A large filling). In cases of a heavily-restored tooth, chipping can often-times be prevented by placing a dental crown (link to crown)
Your dentist will discuss various options to fix the chipped tooth during your emergency appointment.
A fractured tooth is in the same category as a chipped tooth, except in such cases, the extent of the fracture is much deeper. A common cause of major tooth fractures stem from heavily restored teeth without a dental crown (aka ‘cap’), a heavy bite, or habit of clenching/grinding. Usually, major fractures stem from a combination of these factors. Last but not least, another common cause of major fractures come from undetected tooth decay, especially if they happen beneath an old restoration. To avoid such fractures, it is recommended to keep up with your routine checkup & cleaning appointment (link to checkup) After carefully examining the area and assessing the extent of the fracture, your dentist will discuss various options to address the fractured tooth.
Tooth pain can be extremely debilitating. There are many different causes and solutions to tooth pain. It is likely that if you are experiencing a toothache, the central core of nerve supply in the tooth (also known as the ‘pulp’ tissue) has been affected. It may have been affected by deep tooth decay, or a fracture, or even a combination of both. In some cases of deep tooth decay, a prior filling restoration may have been placed in close proximity to the pulp. In such cases, the nerves may become severely inflamed as result, either instantly after the filling placement, or in many cases, after a prolonged period of time. In most cases of tooth pain, it is important to take the appropriate x-rays to properly diagnose the cause of the pain and determine the best solution for the problem.