Hall Dental Centre

Emergency Dental Care

Dental emergencies happen - Hall Dental will be there when you need us most.

At Hall Dental, we understand emergencies happen – often at the most inconvenient times. You can contact at any time and we’ll do our very best to ensure that we get back to you as soon as possible. In some cases, we may be able to see you the same day.

Emergency Dental Services, Hall Dental, Lethbridge

9 Common Emergencies we see at Hall Dental

  • Bitten Lip/Tongue/Cheek
  • Broken/Cracked Tooth
  • Cracked Tooth
  • Object Caught between Teeth
  • Toothache
  • Partially Dislodged Tooth
  • Lost Crown/Filling
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Trauma

What to do in the case of a bitten lip, tongue or cheek

Apply a cold compress or ice firmly but gently to the bruised area(s). Stop the bleeding by applying pressure gently to the wound with a clean gauze or cloth. If the bleeding cannot be controlled within 15 minutes go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

What to do in the case of a broken or cracked tooth

Rinse out your mouth with warm water and place a cold compress over the injured area. Immediately contact us to make an appointment. If there are any savable tooth fragments, place them in a plastic baggie and bring the pieces with you.

What to do if you have an object caught between your teeth

Thoroughly clean the area around the sore tooth, and rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If there is something lodged in between your teeth, use dental floss to try and remove item. Avoid placing aspirin on the tooth or gums. Apply a cold compress if swelling persists, and take Tylenol (acetaminophen). If the ache persists contact us as soon as possible to make an appointment.

What to do in the case of a knocked out permanent tooth

If you’re able to find the tooth – rinse it thoroughly but DO NOT USE ANYTHING OTHER THAN WATER TO RINSE. Make sure to handle the tooth by the crown and not the root. If you are able to reinsert the tooth, keep it in place by biting down on a clean cloth or gauze after you have placed it back into its’ original socket. If you are not able to reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a cup containing milk or water, and come to our clinic immediately. When saving a tooth, time is of the essence!

What to do in the case of a lost crown or filling

If the crown is one piece, rinse it with water and try to reinsert it. Hold it in place by gently biting down on clean gauze or cloth. If the crown is broken, try to gather all of the pieces and bring them straight to our office.

What do to in the case of a broken or fractured jaw

Use a towel, tie or handkerchief to keep the jaws from moving, and immediately go to the nearest hospital emergency room

What to do in the case of bleeding after a baby tooth falls out

Rinse the mouth out with warm water. Gently but firmly place clean gauze over the area that is bleeding. If the bleeding persists for more than 15 minutes call us.

What to do in the case of soft tissue injuries

Soft tissue injuries usually do not bleed a lot, but when they do, the injury can seem worse than it really is. When the blood mixes with saliva, it may look like you are bleeding a lot. In most cases, the bleeding should stop within a few minutes. In the meantime, here's what you should do:

  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly with a mild saltwater solution (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water).
  • If the bleeding continues, press a damp piece of gauze against the injured area for 10 to 15 minutes. If you don't have gauze, you can use a sanitary napkin, tampon or a clean piece of material that will soak up blood and saliva.
  • To relieve pain, slow the bleeding, and reduce swelling, hold ice to the area for five or 10 minutes.
  • If the bleeding doesn't stop within a few minutes, the injury may be serious and you will need to see a doctor, preferably an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, right away. Maintain pressure on the area until you can be treated.

What to do in the case of dental trauma

Dental Trauma basically refers to damage caused to your teeth from a sudden impact often due to sports-related injuries. At Hall Dental, we recommend you see us for any dental injury – even one that appears to be mild.

We’ll always do our very best to do everything we can to save your teeth. This may include re-insertion, a temporary brace to hold teeth in place, wires, and / or a soft foods diet.

When restoration is not possible, we’ll recommend the best alternative for replacing your missing teeth.

Sports Guards Can Protect Your Smiles

Sure, accidents happen. Which is why at Hall Dental, we encourage patients to wear sports guards especially when playing sports. While you can buy them at most sports stores, we recommend having a custom-fitted appliance to ensure the best possible protection and the most comfortable fit.

Remember, we’ll do our very best to see you as soon as we can. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding our emergency dental care services, or any other dental matter, please call (403) 380-3881 or click Contact Us.

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All services provided by general dentists: Dr. Paul Hall, Dr. Pauline Hall and Dr. Todd ZoBell