Emergency Dental Care

Dental emergencies can turn your life upside down, and we’ve all been in that scary position at one time or another. At Alta Dental, we make your emergency a priority. You need relief as soon as possible, and we want to ensure that whatever problem you have doesn’t harm your long-term oral health.

Common Emergencies We Treat

There are all types of emergencies, and Dr. Jason Liu and Dr. Albert Cheung have the skill and experience to handle most of them here in our office. Some common emergencies we treat are:

  • Toothaches
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Lost fillings
  • Loose crowns
  • Dental abscesses

Our team knows how upsetting any of these problems can be, and we will provide you with the treatment you need to relieve your pain and restore your oral health. Our doctors are skilled at performing emergency root canals and extractions, so you know that your oral health is in good hands.

Steps to Take in an Emergency

There are many types of emergencies, and some are more critical than others like severe pain or a dental abscess. It can be difficult to think clearly when you’re in pain, so it’s a good idea to have a general idea of what steps to take in different situations.

A Toothache

Until you get to our East Vancouver dental office, try rinsing your mouth with warm water, flossing gently between your teeth to dislodge any food. To relieve pain and swelling, try over-the-counter pain relievers and apply a cold compress on and off your face for 20-minute intervals.

Toothaches don’t go away on their own and will get worse if you don’t seek treatment, so please call us right away

Dental Abscess

When the nerve in your tooth is infected between the tooth and the gums, we call it an abscess. Abscesses are usually very painful, and you will usually first notice a pimple on the gum line.

Infection can spread to other parts of the body if not treated, so an abscess must be addressed immediately. To reduce pain, try rinsing your mouth with warm salt water several times every day. 

Chipped or Broken Tooth

Gather any tooth fragments, and rinse both your mouth and the broken pieces with warm water. Reduce pain and swelling by applying a cold compress. 

Knocked-Out Tooth 

This is a critical dental emergency that requires immediate treatment. Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown, and rinse it with warm water. Be sure not to scrub or otherwise disturb the root or any tissue that is attached.

Place the tooth in a cup of milk, water, or saliva, and bring it with you to our office. Knocked-out teeth are most likely to be saved within the first hour, so it is critical that you call us or go to the nearest emergency centre if we’re not immediately available. 

Call Us for the Relief You Need

If you have an emergency, please call our office right away at (604) 876-5032, so we can solve your problem and get you back to enjoying life again.