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Are You Dealing With A Dental Emergency?

Whether you are experiencing a toothache or a dental injury has occurred, it’s important to act quickly! Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage. At Southcentre Dental Clinic, we plan for emergencies! We’re always available to provide emergency dental services as soon as possible to anyone in the Calgary area.

Our 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.

Our Calgary Emergency Dental Services

We provide emergency treatments for the following conditions:

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.

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.

Chipped, Fractured, or Cracked Tooth Treatment

Treatment for a damaged tooth will depend on the severity of the damage. Our treatment options include:

The main goal of all of these types of procedures is to help improve your appearance and smile.

Tissue Injury Treatment

Trauma, such as lacerations, cuts or other wounds to the lips, tongue, and cheek, and any other 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!

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What can I do before my emergency dental appointment?

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, we will provide instructions for immediate steps to care for the tooth until you see our emergency dentist.

Here are a few recommendations on what to do before your emergency dental appointment for different dental emergencies:

Severe Toothache

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. This will help you avoid any discomfort before we can solve the problem!

Broken Or Dislodged Filling

If you have a broken or dislodged filling (or even crown) make sure to avoid chewing on said tooth — this will help you avoid any discomfort before your appointment. You’ll also want to make sure to keep any broken parts of your crown (if possible) and bring this with you to your appointment.

Knocked Out Tooth

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. We didn’t want to have to say it, but 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.

Broken Or Chipped Tooth

If possible, gently rinse the broken piece(s) of the tooth and save them to bring with you to your appointment. Next, rinse your mouth using warm water and apply gauze to manage bleeding (if necessary). To avoid additional discomfort, use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth to minimize pain and swelling.

Soft Tissue Injury

When an injury occurs to the soft tissue, including the gums, cheeks, lips, or tongue, your first step should be to control the bleeding:

  1. Rinse your mouth using a mild saltwater solution.
  2. Moisten a piece of gauze and apply pressure to the area that is bleeding.
  3. 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.


A dental emergency is any condition or situation that’s causing you pain or preventing you from going about your normal, everyday activities. For example, if you have a severe toothache or a chipped front tooth, you need to see our emergency 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 us to discuss the situation with one of our staff. We’ll advise you on what steps to take and arrange to see you as quickly as possible if treatment is necessary. Our 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.

The total cost of your emergency dental procedure will vary on numerous factors of your surgery. At Southcentre Dental Clinic, we can recommend dental financing options with other companies if you wish.

Toothaches and broken or knocked out teeth are probably the most common dental emergencies that we see. With broken or knocked out teeth, time is of the essence. The sooner you can see our dentist, 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, but be sure to get to our dental office within 1-2 hours!

If you’re not sure what to do, please call us to discuss the situation with one of our staff. We’ll advise you on what steps to take and arrange to see you as quickly as possible. Our top priority is to get you out of pain first, then discuss which solutions are available so you’re comfortable enough to consider all of the options and which one suits you best!

For a dental emergency, it’s important you see a dentist first. 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.

If you’re dealing with a dental emergency in Calgary, we recommend contacting us right away! 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.

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 emergency 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!

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 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 emergency dentist at Southcentre Dental Clinic for your emergency tooth extraction.

Yes, depending on the level of pain, a toothache can be considered 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! Toothaches won’t go away on their own, the pain comes and goes until the tooth is treated or extracted. So, 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.

Since saving your tooth is our top priority, our emergency 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.

Although the best treatment for tooth pain is to see a dentist, if an abscessed tooth has led to intense pain and swelling in your face, it may warrant a trip to the emergency room.

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 emergency 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.)

An infected tooth can exhibit a variety of different symptoms from dull pain to a stabbing like sensation, each of which is unique to the type of infection that’s present. Infections might range from dull aches and throbbing, to such severe pain that you’re unable to eat anything.

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.

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 emergency dentist at Southcentre Mall in Calgary, 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.

About Dr. Jennifer Silver

Dr. Jennifer Silver has been making Albertan’s smiles better for the past 15 years! She understands more than anyone that preventing, diagnosing, and treating dental problems involves treating a patient as a whole. Jennifer enjoys taking time to discuss procedures and treatment options. She welcomes new clients of all ages!

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