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What can you do for a toothache? Emergency dentist in Mississauga explains your options

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Drs. Shefali Tuli and Mislav Pavelic are professionals ready to assist Etobicoke,
At sherway dentistry, patients in the community of Etobicoke, ON and the surrounding areas are welcome to ask about general, cosmetic, and restorative treatment options. However, dental care doesn’t just stop there. Patients who are experiencing dental emergency situations are welcome to contact us.

What is a dental emergency?

It is common for patients to have emergency dental situations arise during the off-hours, or when they least expect it during the day. Emergency dental issues are situations in which patients need to see a dentist immediately or during the same day for a resolution. At sherway dentistry, we leave spots open during our work day to allow patients to make immediate appointments when problems occur, and for afterhours assistance, we have an on-call professional available to provide guidance as to what to do in the case of a dental emergency. In some situations, such as toothaches, we can call in a prescription for pain management until an appointment can be attended in our practice.

Toothache relief tips

One of the most common dental emergencies is a toothache. A toothache may be mild due to a cavity that has been forming, or it may be severe enough to keep patients up at night. This may be a sign of a more serious issue such as an infection or an abscess. In situations such as this, a prescription medication may be called in if patients cannot get into the practice the same day. Then, an appointment is made for the next possible opening to get patients in for an evaluation. Once the dentist has taken x-rays and determined the cause of the toothache, action is taken as soon as possible to relieve discomfort and get patients back to their daily routine.

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For the most part, pain medication can reduce the severity of a toothache until dental treatment can be received. Patients may also want to ask about numbing creams that can be used in the area in the meantime. However, the best relief for a toothache is a visit to the dentist. Treatment for the toothache will vary and may be anything from a simple filling to a root canal procedure. During the diagnostic process, our team of professionals can explain the cause of the issue and walk patients through the necessary treatment.

What can cause a toothache?

Toothaches may arise due to:
  • Large cavities
  • Infection/diseased dental pulp
  • Trauma to the tooth

What other dental emergencies can be addressed at Sherway Dentistry?

There are a lot of issues that can arise unexpectedly, which may cause patients to seek dental assistance. Some common dental emergencies include:
  • Severe toothaches that can impact one’s sleep or daily activities
  • A tooth that has been knocked out due to trauma
  • Broken or lost restorations such as bridges, crowns, or porcelain veneers
  • Restorations that require adjustments for comfort including dentures
  • Cuts or bleeding associated with the soft tissues of the mouth (cheek, tongue, gum tissue)

What solutions are required for emergency situations?

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This depends greatly on the situation at hand. For knocked out teeth, the dentist will attempt to reattach the tooth to the bone. If the patient comes in for a toothache, they will be evaluated with a physical examination as well as x-rays to determine if a root canal or filling is needed. Restorations that are lost or broken are often repaired or replaced to get the patient on with their day.

Contact an emergency dental practice for immediate assistance with toothaches and other common situations

Drs. Shefali Tuli and Mislav Pavelic are professionals ready to assist Etobicoke, ON area patients with their emergency dental needs. When patients take the time to work with them, they can enjoy better oral health and wellness—not only at the time of their emergency, but if they choose to continue treatments at the practice. The office is in Etobicoke, ON at 190 Sherway Drive, Suite 302 and can be reached by phone for an appointment at 416.639.2546.

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