Dental Emergencies

Emergency Dentist Abbotsford

If you are in need of an emergency dentist, please contact Clayburn Dental at 604-852-8487 and we will be more than happy to see you as soon as we can.

Dental emergencies are quite frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is almost always required to alleviate pain and to ensure the teeth have the best possible chance of survival.

Sometimes teeth become fractured by trauma, grinding or biting on hard objects. In other cases, fillings, crowns and other restorative devices can be damaged or fall out of the mouth completely. If there is severe pain, it is essential to make an appointment with the dentist as quickly as possible. The pain caused by dental emergencies almost always gets worse without treatment, and dental issues can seriously jeopardize physical health.

Knocked Out Tooth

Dental Emergencies and Treatments - Abbotsford DentistHaving a knocked out tooth is one of the most serious dental emergencies for permanent teeth. However, there’s a strong chance the tooth can be saved if it is immediate placed back in the tooth socket and dental treatment is sought straight away. If you are unable to reach our office, go to the nearest hospital emergency room for treatment.

In the meantime, follow these tips to avoid further damage to the knocked out tooth:

  • Locate the tooth and try not to touch the root (the part of the tooth under the gum).
  • If the tooth is dirty, hold it by the crown (the smooth white part) and rinse with milk. Do not use water or scrub with a washcloth, shirt or other fabric.
  • If you can, push the tooth back into its socket, facing the right way. Hold the tooth in place by gently biting down on a piece of gauze or fabric. If it doesn’t go back in place easily and without pressure, then keep it moist.
  • To keep the tooth moist, you may drop the tooth in a glass of milk, or “store” the tooth in your mouth without swallowing it. It is important not to let the tooth dry out.

When a tooth has been knocked out, the nerves, blood vessels and supporting tissues surrounding the tooth are damaged which is why treatment almost always requires a root canal. If your tooth is not salvageable, then alternatives may be explored such as dental implants or dental bridges.


Toothache or tooth pain are common complaints, but often the cause may not be immediately obvious. It is usually caused when the nerve of a tooth is irritated, but there are numerous other causes including dental infection, gum disease, dental decay, injury, cracked teeth, failing fillings or crowns, loss of a tooth or TMJ disorder. It is not unusual to feel mild pain from pressure or hot/cold exposure to the tooth, but if you are experiencing moderate to severe tooth pain then that may signal a dental emergency.

If you are experiencing one or more of these signs and symptoms, contact our clinic right away for emergency dental services.

  • Pain with chewing or biting
  • Hot or cold sensitivity (persisting longer than 15 seconds after the temperature exposure)
  • Bleeding around a tooth or gums
  • Pain or swelling radiating to the cheek, ear or jaw
  • Injury or trauma to the area

Even if dental pain can be relieved by over-the-counter medications, a dental evaluation can be beneficial as it can indicate an underlying issue such as dental disease or an abscessed tooth.

Chipped Tooth

Chipping your tooth can result from a variety of incidents – using your teeth to open packages, biting down on something hard, falling or receiving a blow to the face. Although our teeth are remarkably strong, its strength has limits, especially if the tooth is already weakened by some decay. If you have a broken or chipped tooth, come see us at Clayburn Dental as soon as possible to prevent further damage or infection. In the meantime, you can take over-the-counter pain medication and avoid biting down on the broken tooth. Chipped tooth repair will depend on severity, but more often than not it can be repaired in one visit to your emergency dentist.

Loose Tooth

There are a variety of reasons for loose teeth in adults. A loose tooth could result from an injury or accident, teeth grinding during sleep or gum disease. If you have a loose tooth, you should resist the temptation to wiggle or pick at the tooth to avoid the risk of infection and excessive bleeding. Tooth mobility is never a good sign, but you don’t have to lose your teeth. At the first hint of a loose tooth, call our office immediately to schedule an emergency dental appointment.

Lost Filling or Crown

Tooth decay is the most common culprit for a filling or crown to fall out completely. Decay underneath the filling or crown can destroy part of the tooth so it no longer has a tight hold on the filling or crown. Without a protective cover, the exposed tooth is often sensitive to temperature, pressure or air. While a lost filling or crown is rarely a dental emergency, make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as you can to have it repaired.

Book a Dental Emergency Appointment Now

There are a variety of reasons why you should make a trip to see your emergency dentist in Abbotsford. If you have a dental emergency, please contact us right away at 604-852-8487 and we will try to see you the same day!

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