Emergencies and Pain control

Emergencies and Pain control

Emergencies are considered a priority at Canterbury Dental. What constitutes as an emergency?

Pain & Swelling: If you are experiencing pain and swelling, we do our absolute best to see you the same day. Call our office and we will arrange an emergency appointment to deal with the urgent situation. Because we have appointments already scheduled for each day, you may have to wait but we will see you to deal with the specific emergency.

Broken tooth: A broken tooth with pain is definitely an emergency. A broken tooth without pain (maybe the tooth had a root canal, therefore, no pain. Maybe it is a small break, not deep enough to cause severe discomfort) is something that we will aim to have you seen if not the same day, then at least in a few days. We have a very good short notice cancellation list that we utilize to get people in sooner should an opening come up in the schedule. 

Accidents:
Tooth has been knocked out of its socket (hockey, baseball bat etc)
Immediately remove foreign debris from the root (wash or lick it off) and reinsert the tooth back in the socket. Once in the socket, then give it a quick hard push and check to see if it appears to line up with the adjacent teeth. Note: At the time of the incident, the accident site is usually numb from the trauma, so you can normally push the tooth back in the socket with minimal discomfort. It is important to call our office ASAP should an accident like this happen.

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