Ask a Dentist

June 26, 2020

Q: What is a dental emergency?

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Our Winnipeg dental clinics are open to just about any dental emergency you have. It’s important to know what the difference is between a standard dental issue and an emergency. 

A dental emergency is any problem in your mouth that needs immediate treatment. This means that not every pain is an emergency. How can you tell? Ask yourself the following:

  • Do you have severe pain or have lots of bleeding? Severe pain and excessive bleeding are signs that you need emergency dental treatment.
  • Do you have any loose teeth? Adults shouldn’t have any loose teeth, if your tooth is loose there is an underlying issue that must be fixed.
  • Have you lost a tooth? If action is taken quickly, we might be able to save your tooth.
  • Do you have an infection or abscess in your mouth? While not initially serious, an infection or abscess can become life-threatening. If you have an infection or abscess you might notice swelling or bumps forming in your mouth.

Generally, a dental emergency means that you need immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate pain or save your tooth. 

The best way to avoid emergency dental issues is to take care of your teeth. Having good oral hygiene habits and routine checkups and cleanings are key to protecting your teeth. During your regular dental checkup, we look for loose fillings and crowns and check for any signs of decay, infection and gum disease so that we can be proactive in your dental treatment plan.

When you have a dental emergency, give us a call at either of our Winnipeg dental clinics, we’re here to help you and your smile.