A friendly game of softball, a pleasant afternoon of rollerblading, or a nice motorcycle ride can become a dental emergency when a sudden accident knocks out someone’s tooth. If you or your child, other family member, or friend has a knocked out tooth in Edmonton, Emergency Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week with no appointment necessary. Our dentists will be waiting to give you immediate emergency dental care at our West Edmonton location at the corner of 150th Street and Stony Plain Road.
Emergency Dental Clinic is also here to help you preserve your knocked out tooth before you reach our door. Your immediate actions at the scene of the accident can help our emergency dentist possibly reinsert and save your knocked out tooth. We also encourage you to call ahead about your dental emergency to receive advice from our staff and to minimize your wait time when you arrive.
Time Is of the Essence
You can help save a tooth that’s been knocked out by acting quickly and obtaining emergency dental care within 30 minutes from the time the tooth leaving the patient’s mouth. Then the save rate is greater than 90%. According to the Canadian Dental Association, the best timing for putting a tooth back in place is within 10 minutes. After 2 hours, the survival rate for the tooth falls to about 5%. A child’s baby tooth won’t need replacing. Yet, the odds of saving a child’s permanent tooth are better than those for an adult.
In addition to timing, the important factors in successfully having a knocked out tooth grow back into its socket are:
The killers of a knocked out tooth are dryness and dirt. A tooth that’s not in your mouth has been cut off from its blood supply and relatively sanitary environment. The more the tooth’s root dries out and gathers bacteria, the harder it is to save. The trauma has damaged nerves and blood vessels, and a dentist can’t replace those. But a tooth with a healthy, intact root can go back into place, where the jaw bone will reattach itself to the root to heal. The steps you take to protect the missing tooth, especially the root, increase your chances of presenting the emergency dentist with a viable candidate for re-implantation.
The first steps you take immediately after a tooth is knocked out are:
You can give a knocked out tooth its best chance at survival on your way to our emergency dentist in Edmonton with a few options. Keep the tooth moist at all times, and saliva is the most natural and sanitary medium. No chemicals, soaps or detergents. No wrapping in a tissue. Here are your options in order of best to acceptable:
If you or your children regularly contact sports, you may want to invest in an emergency tooth preservation kit to keep handy. Hopefully you will never have to use it.
When you reach Dental Emergency Clinic in West Edmonton with your knocked out tooth, you can expect prompt treatment to re-implant the tooth as soon as possible. When there are few complications such as a broken tooth, the basic procedure is:
What to Expect after Treatment
If you have no fractures in the jaw bone around the re-implanted tooth and the root is in good condition, it usually takes 3 or 4 weeks for your tooth to re-attach firmly. Some patients may need 6 to 8 weeks with further treatment to make more complex repairs. Our dentist will instruct you about oral hygiene, eating and biting habits for the healing period. We’ll also advise you on follow-ups and dental exams.
No Appointment Necessary
However, please call ahead to keep wait times minimal
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