Looking for a Vancouver Emergency Dentist?
Nest Dental to the rescue! Dr. Sonia Sahi treats all types of traumatic dental injuries, including teeth that have been fractured, chipped or knocked out, as well as infections, toothaches and other problems that can’t wait. If you have a dental emergency or urgent dental need, give our Fraser Street dental studio a call and we’ll get you in as soon as possible. If it’s after-hours, please follow the prompts on our voicemail and a team member will reach out shortly.
Benefits of Emergency and Urgent Care
Better Chance of Saving a Tooth
Even if a tooth is knocked out, we may be able to save it if you visit the office within an hour or two of the injury. This will prevent the need for more extensive, costly treatment.
Whether you’re dealing with an injury, severe toothache or an abscess, we’ll get you out of pain as quickly as possible.
Once we treat the dental emergency, we’ll give you instructions to follow to encourage optimal healing.
Common Dental Emergencies
Here’s what to do in the case of some common dental emergencies:
Traumatic Dental Injuries
If your or your child’s tooth is knocked out, pick it up without touching the root. Gently clean it off with water (don’t scrub it!) and then carefully put it back into its socket with the tooth facing the right way. Use gentle pressure to hold the tooth in place.
If you can’t reimplant it, you can keep the tooth in your mouth between your cheek and your gums. For young kids who could swallow the tooth, carry it in a container of cold milk. Visiting the dentist within an hour or two will increase the chances the tooth can be saved.
For an injury that results in a tooth being loosened or moved out of place, it’s best to get treatment within six hours. If there’s uncontrollable bleeding, seek medical attention right away. Otherwise, use gentle pressure to hold the tooth in place. If your tooth is chipped, try to find the pieces of the tooth, because we may be able to reattach them. Call Nest for an emergency dental appointment and bring the pieces of the tooth with you to your visit.
Gum and Soft Tissue Emergencies
A periodontal abscess is painful and potentially serious. An abscess is a pus-filled sac caused by infection. It looks like a pimple on the gums and you may have severe pain, a fever and/or facial swelling. Abscesses require immediate attention from your dentist, so give our Vancouver emergency dentist a call right away.
If your gum tissue, the tongue or the lining of the cheeks is injured, whether due to a fall, hot liquid, an accidental bite or a sports injury, rinse your mouth with a salt water solution (½ teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of warm water). If you’re bleeding, press a clean, damp towel or piece of gauze against the area for 10 to 15 minutes. If the bleeding still isn’t controlled, seek out emergency medical care.
For a forgein body that’s stuck beneath the gum line, try to gently work it out with dental floss or a floss pick. Make an appointment with Dr. Sahi if this doesn’t work, so the gum tissue doesn’t get infected or damaged.
Both acute and persistent tooth pain are signs that you should go to the dentist as soon as you can. The most common cause of a toothache is tooth decay, however, sensitivity and loose fillings or restorations can also cause discomfort.
The only way to know for certain what’s behind your toothache is to make a dental appointment. The earlier the cause of tooth pain is diagnosed and treated, the more likely it is that we can save your natural tooth using the least invasive treatment possible.
While we offer emergency dental services in Vancouver, Nest also provides general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry and oral surgery. So, if you ever experience discomfort in your mouth or have any type of dental concern, don’t hesitate to call our office. We’ll always schedule you for a visit promptly.
As for what’s considered a true dental emergency, if you experience any of the following, you should seek out emergency care:
- Severe pain anywhere in your mouth
- Severe toothache
- A lost tooth
- A displaced or loose permanent tooth
- Signs of a dental infection (severe pain, a pimple or knot on your gums, facial swelling, a bad taste in your mouth, a fever, etc.)
- A chipped, fractured or cracked tooth that is very painful and/or has left sharp fragments in your mouth
- Pain and sensitivity after a filling, dental crown or bridge is damaged or falls off
- Bleeding from the mouth
Our friendly team will get you back to a treatment room right away. Depending on what your emergency is, we may take digital x-rays of the affected area. Dr. Sahi will look at your x-rays and examine you to determine an accurate diagnosis. With emergency dental care, the first order of business is getting you out of pain. Once Dr. Sahi treats you and takes care of the urgent need, she’ll give you homecare instructions to follow to encourage healing and/or discuss next steps, if there are any.
A Modern Take on Oral Health
Get expert dental care for the whole family in one convenient Vancouver location. With a gorgeous space, thoughtful service and a range of tech, Nest is creating a new kind of dental experience.