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From a painful toothache to a chipped tooth, when dental emergencies arrive, it’s important that you act quickly. The sooner you seek treatment, the better for your overall oral health. At Southcentre Dental Clinic we are proud to offer emergency dental services in the Calgary area.

Our Southcentre Dental Clinic team is well trained and well equipped to handle any situation and we offer effective and affordable treatments when it comes to emergency dental care.

Southcentre Dental Clinic Emergency Dental Services:

Facial pain and swelling treatment

If you’re experiencing facial swelling and pain, you could be facing a more serious dental emergency, including abscess. An abscess occurs when bacteria reaches the nerve of your tooth because of underlying tooth decay, gum disease or because of a cracked tooth. It’s vital that you get immediate treatment as this is a serious infection.

Our emergency dentist will treat abscess with antibiotics to help reduce the pain, swelling and eliminate the bacteria from entering your bloodstream.

Chipped/fractured/cracked tooth treatment

Treatment for a damaged tooth will depend on the severity of the damage. At Southcentre Dental Clinic our treatment options include fillings, dental cap/crown, dental veneers or in the severest of cases, root canal. The main goal of all of these types of procedures is to help improve your appearance and smile.


Dislodged filling treatment

When a filling falls out, you may feel pain or discomfort—that’s why it’s critical that you make an emergency dental visit. If you leave a dislodge filling untreated, it could lead to a possible root canal or loss of the tooth. Treatment includes numbing the area and restoring the tooth with another filling. In some cases, you may need a crown or cap to help restore the integrity of the tooth.

Remember that regular dental care is recommended to detect future problems with fillings.

Tissue injury treatment

Trauma, such as lacerations, cuts or other wounds to the lips, tongue, and cheek—any type of trauma to the soft tissues of your mouth may require emergency dental care. Once in the chair, we’ll complete a thorough physical exam, checking for tooth and bone damage. Larger cuts may require stitches but treatment varies depending on each patient’s circumstances. In addition, we’ll prescribe an antibiotic to prevent future infections. The good news is that the mouth contains many blood vessels which promotes quick healing


Emergency Dental cost

The total cost of your emergency dental procedure will vary on numerous factors of your surgery. At Southcentre Dental Clinic, we have payment options available to help you fit your treatment into your budget easily. Learn more about our financing options here.

Dental Emergencies: What to Do

  • Whether you are experiencing a toothache or a dental injury has occurred, treatment should never be delayed. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage, often requiring more expensive and extensive treatments in the future.

    Taking immediate steps when a dental emergency occurs can prevent additional damage and also improve the outcome of the treatment. When you contact our emergency dental clinic in Calgary to schedule an emergency dental appointment, we will provide instructions for immediate steps to care for the tooth until you see an our emergency dentist in Calgary.

Here are a few recommendations to help you know the immediate steps to take for common dental emergencies:

Gently swish your mouth with warm water, then use floss to eliminate any food lodged between the teeth. If your mouth is painful or swollen, try using a cold compress on the outside of your cheek.
Close up macro shot of interior of mouth and fillings and crowns on teeth

When a filling or crown breaks, it is important to see the dentist as soon as possible. Bring the crown with you to the appointment.

Pick up the tooth by the crown and avoid touching the root. If it’s dirty, gently rinse in water, but don’t scrub it or remove attached tissue. Don’t force the tooth back into the socket. Place the tooth in a small container of milk and bring it to the emergency dental visit. If possible, see a dentist within 1 hour to increase the chances of saving the tooth.
Gently rinse the pieces of the tooth and save them to bring to the treatment. Rinse the mouth using warm water. Apply gauze to manage bleeding if needed. Use a cold compress on the outside of the mouth to minimize pain and swelling.
When an injury occurs to the soft tissue, including the gums, cheeks, lips, or tongue, you should control the bleeding. Rinse your mouth using a mild saltwater solution. Moisten a piece of gauze and apply pressure to the area that is bleeding. Hold the gauze in place for 15 to 20 minutes. A cold compress applied to the outside of the mouth can also be used to slow the bleeding. If the injury is severe and bleeding doesn’t stop, then it might be necessary to go to a hospital emergency room before seeing an emergency dentist.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is classified as a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any condition or situation that’s causing you pain or preventing you from going about your normal, everyday activities. For instance, if you have a severe toothache or a chipped front tooth, you need to see our Calgary dentist right away. Most dental emergencies need to be treated within the first 1-2 hours, but some can be eased with medication and treated at your earliest convenience.

If you’re not sure what to do – or if your situation is a true dental emergency – we encourage you to call our Calgary dentist to discuss the situation with one of our staff. Patients of all ages are accepted. We’ll advise you on what steps to take and arrange to see you as quickly as possible if treatment is necessary. The top priority is to get you out of pain first, then discuss which restorative or therapeutic solutions are available. That way you’re comfortable enough to consider all of the options and which one benefits your situation the best.

What is the most common dental emergency?

Toothaches and broken/knocked out teeth are probably the most common dental emergencies that our Calgary dentist sees. Since tooth pain can flare up when you least expect it – and it’s one of the most uncomfortable experiences you can go through – most toothaches need to be seen on the same day. We can arrange to accommodate you as soon as you can get to our office.

With broken or knocked out teeth, time is of the essence. The sooner you can see our dentist in Calgary, the better the chances there are of restoring or stabilizing your damaged tooth. But before you get here, be sure to store the tooth fragment properly so that it doesn’t dry out. The best thing to do is place it in a sealed container where it’s completely submerged in milk or contact solution. If you don’t have either, tap water with a pinch of salt will also work, as will saliva. Completely knocked out teeth can be set back into the socket and held in place. Get to our Calgary dentist office within 1-2 hours!

If you’re not sure what to do – or if your situation is a true dental emergency – we encourage you to call our Calgary dentist to discuss the situation with one of our staff. Patients of all ages are accepted. We’ll advise you on what steps to take and arrange to see you as quickly as possible if treatment is necessary. The top priority is to get you out of pain first, then discuss which restorative or therapeutic solutions are available. That way you’re comfortable enough to consider all of the options and which one benefits your situation the best.

Where do I go for a dental emergency?

Most dental emergencies need to be seen by a dentist. Although there are severe emergencies where you might want to go to the hospital (such as a broken jaw, extensive facial swelling, or heavy bleeding that won’t stop) most medical facilities are not equipped with the resources needed to treat a dental emergency. Otherwise, the only thing they can do is offer interim pain relief and then refer you back to a dentist to treat the situation at hand.

Instead, the best thing to do is head to our Calgary dentist’s office at Southcentre Mall. Some of the most common emergencies that we treat include broken fillings, chipped teeth, toothaches, dental abscesses, and more. In most cases we can arrange to see you on the same day, providing you with fast pain relief and a solution to your dental woes. We’ll present appropriate treatment options so that you can choose the one that’s best for your long-term smile needs.

The best dentist in Calgary to see for an emergency is one that you already have a relationship with and knows your smile’s history. But if you don’t already have a family dentist, we encourage you to give us a call!

Can the emergency room pull a tooth?

Technically, only licensed dentists are allowed to perform dental procedures such as tooth extractions. However, there may be rare cases where a doctor requires a tooth to be removed in order to treat an emergency. For example, if you have a broken jaw or facial lacerations due to an automobile accident and the tooth is already partially dislodged, they may call in a dentist or oral surgeon to consult regarding your situation.

Simply put, emergency rooms do not perform tooth extractions. Any time there’s a specific area of your body that requires more invasive care, a specialist will be called in. When it’s your teeth that need attention, a Calgary dentist will be necessary. While the staff at the emergency room may be able to get you out of immediate pain, for long-term relief and to avoid relapse, the next step is to complete appropriate care on the tooth that’s causing you such grief.

Unless there’s serious bleeding, facial swelling, or you suspect broken bones, visit our dentist at Southcentre Mall for your emergency tooth extraction.

How much does it cost to go to the dentist without insurance?

When you don’t have dental insurance, it can be challenging to estimate the cost of your treatment ahead of time. And since each situation is handled differently, it’s not always possible to give a firm diagnosis or price quote over the phone. However, you can get an estimate on the cost of an exam and X-ray, so that our Calgary dentist can evaluate your situation and then propose an appropriate care plan.

Your care plan will itemize recommended treatment(s) and all of the costs involved, including how many appointments are necessary. That way you’re not caught off guard by the price of emergency dental treatment, even if you don’t have insurance.

It’s our goal to discuss the different types of treatment that are available for your situation. That way you can play a key role in deciding which step comes next, well before committing to any particular type of procedure. The better informed you are about your care, the more confident you can be about investing in the treatment that’s best for your smile.

How do you handle dental emergencies?

Calgary dental emergencies always receive our undivided attention. We make it possible to accommodate emergency patients on the same business day, so that you can get fast pain relief and answers to your questions. It may be that we need to see you immediately (as in, as quickly as you can make it to our office at Southcentre Mall) or book you for an appointment later that day. The first step is to call our office staff as soon as you’re in pain!

In some cases, we may recommend starting treatment on the same day. Otherwise, our Calgary dentist may advise interim treatment to get you out of pain and give you time to decide which type of therapy is best. That could mean an emergency extraction, temporary filling, or even medication.

Since emergencies are often linked to untreated dental disease (such as tooth decay,) one of the best things you can do to prevent an emergency is to schedule regular checkups. That way we can intervene before a painful dental emergency ever happens!

What is the most common emergency to occur in a dental office?

As a Calgary family dentist, one of the most common emergencies that we see is broken or chipped teeth. It may be that a child slipped in the bathtub or at the playground, breaking a front tooth. Or maybe an adult bit down on something hard, cracking a tooth further back in their mouth where there was on old filling.

Broken teeth can be painful, but they can also interfere with eating or going about your daily activities. Especially if it’s a front tooth that’s visible when you smile or talk.

So, what can be done to fix broken teeth? It depends on the extent of the damage. Some may only need a small amount of tooth-colored bonding to patch over the chip. For others, our Calgary dentist may need to fit your tooth with a new crown. But rest assured, we won’t start any type of treatment without first examining your tooth and then discussing the options with you. Our top priority is to get you out of pain as quickly as possible. After that, you play an integral part in the treatment planning process.

Is a toothache an emergency?

A toothache can range from a dull throb to a shooting pain that radiates through the side of your face. When it’s the latter, you need an emergency dentist in Calgary who can see you as quickly as possible. Because toothaches don’t go away on their own. In most cases, the pain comes and goes until the tooth is treated or extracted.

Since saving your tooth is our top priority, our Calgary dentist will need to evaluate the extent of the damage that’s taken place. But before we can do that, we’ll need to numb the tooth to get you out of pain. Once you’re comfortable, we can examine the area to determine the underlying cause of your toothache and recommend appropriate treatment. When you’re able to finally get rid of the pain, you’ll have time to weigh your options and decide the next best steps to take.

Even if your toothache isn’t as “bad” as you might expect, don’t ignore it. In time, it could evolve into a more uncomfortable condition.

When should I go to the ER for an abscessed tooth?

Although the best treatment for tooth pain is to see a dentist in Calgary, there are situations that may warrant a trip to the emergency room. Particularly if there is an abscessed tooth that has led to swelling in your face.

While most dental abscesses only cause a localized area of swelling around the tip of the tooth root, they do have the opportunity for infection to spread into the areas around it. In rare situations, that can mean facial swelling that’s visible from the outside of your mouth. When that’s the case, we have to worry about complications such as obstructed breathing or possible spread of bacteria into the brain.

If the abscess is still localized to the area immediately next to or around your tooth, then it’s best to see our Calgary dentist for treatment. An antibiotic can help to reduce the extent of infection so that you’ll be more comfortable during the next phase of treatment a week or two later (usually endodontic therapy.)

What does a tooth infection feel like?

An infected tooth can exhibit a variety of different symptoms, each of which is unique to the type of infection that’s present.

For example, if you have a tooth that’s sore every time you bite on it, the gums bleed when you brush them, and you’ve noticed that it seems to be a little loose, the type of infection might be due to gum disease.

In another situation, there could be a sharp pain coming from the tooth with a small pimple draining on the gums next to it. In that case, the tooth is likely abscessed.

Infections might range from dull aches and throbbing, to such severe pain that you’re unable to eat anything.

Sadly, infected teeth don’t recover on their own. Taking pain reliever will only mask symptoms, which can become worse in time. When you visit our Calgary dentist at Southcentre Mall, we’ll take an X-ray of the area to determine the extent of the infection. That way we can recommend the best steps to get you out of pain.

Call us your Emergency Dentist in Calgary

The most important step you should take for any dental emergency is to call for an appointment. SouthCentre Dental is an emergency dental clinic in Calgary, here to answer your questions and discuss your dental emergency over the phone. Our experienced team will provide recommendations for immediate treatment as needed, and fit you in our schedule right away.

When a dental emergency occurs, you can’t always tell if emergency treatment is required. The best solution is to talk to our team at Southcentre Dental Clinic. We’ll help you determine the right course of action to protect your dental health and preserve your smile.

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    Calgary Emergency Dentist Near Me: Location & Directions
    #155, 100 Anderson Road SE
    Calgary, Alberta

    Emergency dentist is located in Southcentre Mall. Use the south entrance when parking and enter the mall through the doors adjacent from Crate & Barrel. At the bottom of the escalators turn right into the professional offices corridor. We are the first door on the left. There is always parking at the mall. Services are provided by General Dentists

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