Emergency Dental Care
Please call 604 932-4911 if you are experiencing a dental emergency outside normal business hours.
Emergency Dental Care
Emergency Dentistry Whistler – Every city has its dental emergencies and Whistler certainly has its fair share from incidents that happen on the ski hill or the mountain bike trails. Whistler Dental can assist you with all your emergency dental needs.
Dental injuries require IMMEDIATE attention and appropriate response. Knowing how to handle these emergencies can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. This section is NOT to substitute a visit to the dentist, rather its purpose is to help and inform how to care for a variety of emergencies.
Knocked Out Tooth
Find the tooth and all of its parts – do NOT touch the root surface. Determine if the whole tooth has been knocked out. If the tooth looks clean, immediately insert it back in place. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it off with milk, saliva or water (water being the least desirable) – do NOT scrub or wipe the tooth off as remnants of the ligaments which hold the tooth in the jaw are attached and vital to the success of replanting the tooth. Try placing the tooth back in the socket – If impossible, place the tooth in a cup of milk or saliva (either in the mouth or patients spit). Get to your dentist IMMEDIATELY – the sooner you get there, the better chances you will have of saving your tooth!
If your jaw hurts when it is moved or you cannot close your mouth in a normal manner, immobilize the jaw with a towel or tie. Apply cold compresses to control the swelling. Go to a hospital emergency room IMMEDIATELY.
Broken, Cracked Or Chipped Tooth
If there is no other damage requiring hospital care, find the broken tooth fragments and take them to the dentist ASAP! Quick action can save a tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Gently apply direct pressure on the gums above or below the tooth to stop any bleeding – do NOT press directly on the tooth. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. To avoid further aggravation of the damaged tooth, avoid this area of your mouth.
Bit Lip, Tongue Or Cheek
This includes tears, puncture wounds or lacerations. Clean the area with warm salt water and gently apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding does not stop, go to a hospital emergency room as stitches may be required.
Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to ensure there is no food or debris caught between the teeth. NEVER put any painkillers, etc, directly on the gum as it can burn the gum tissue. If pain persists, call your dentist. If the pain is keeping you up at night, painkillers are not helping, and you detect swelling on the gum line near the ache or on your face, contact your dentist IMMEDIATELY.
Objects Caught Between Teeth
Try to gently remove the object with dental floss, but avoid cutting the gums. NEVER use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If after several flossing attempts you cannot dislodge the object, contact your dentist.
Broken Crown, Bridge Or Denture
Save all of the parts and contact your dentist.
Crown Or Bridge Comes Off
Try to place the crown or bridge back in place WITHOUT force. You may use denture adhesive or even tooth-paste to glue the crown back on. The most important point is to make sure all the old cement is thouroughly cleaned out. It must fit back properly. Do NOT use household glue. Call the dentist as soon as possible to re-cement it properly to avoid fractures, swallowing, misplacement, etc.