Emergency Dentistry Vaughan
While preventing dental injuries is key to health and safety, dental emergencies do happen and are often unavoidable. With children in particular, a sense of panic can set in, and immediate emergency service is desirable. The important thing is to seek professional services from a dentist who specializes. For emergency dental services in Vaughan, the Mackenzie Dental Centre provides prompt, professional dentistry for emergencies of all types, and for the entire family.
Dr. Lloyd Pedvis is available throughout the week, and regularly with later hours.
Monday – Tuesday 9AM - 8PM
Wednesday 9AM - 5PM
Thursday 8AM - 5PM
Friday 7AM - 1PM
Saturday 8AM - 3PM
Different types of dental emergencies
Dental emergencies present in numerous forms, and when children are involved, there’s more worry and concern - it’s just natural. For emergency dental services in Vaughan, Dr. Pedvis can treat a wide range of emergencies, and can provide the urgent care that’s needed immediately.
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- A tooth that’s knocked-out
- Tooth injuries from sports
- Badly bitten tongue or lips
- An excruciating toothache
- Object stuck between teeth
For unexpected accidents, mishaps, and emergencies, it’s absolutely critical to call an emergency dentist
And in most situations, immediate care and attention is essential for a good outcome. In the Vaughan, Maple and Woodbridge area, Dr. Lloyd Pedvis and his dental team provide emergency dentistry in a timely and efficient manner. Whether it’s a tooth gone “bad” or a sports injury, immediate care is key.
Dental emergencies occur for a variety of reasons, and with various symptoms. And when pain is associated, everyone has a different threshold. For some patients, a simple toothache might well qualify as an emergency. Here, it would be important to call the dentist, because it may be more serious than not. At the same time, a chipped or broken tooth would definitely be an emergency.
What is considered a dental emergency?
If you’re struggling with a dental issue, the dentist should be your very first call. The bigger problem is when an issue occurs on a weekend, holiday, or middle of the night. This is when an emergency dentist can be valuable. What’s important is to understand the difference between a routine dental issue and a real emergency. If you’re in severe pain, lost a tooth, or experiencing bleeding, these are emergencies.
With many dental emergencies, quick treatment can actually save a tooth. However, in any situation, whether it’s a knocked-out tooth or a serious infection, immediate attention is absolutely necessary.
The most common types of teeth injuries from sports
While getting hurt in sports is sometimes inevitable, a sports injury that involves the teeth and mouth is whole different thing. The good news is that modern dentistry can repair and restore many of the most common injuries. With professional attention, the outcomes are promising.
A cracked tooth, or fractured tooth, is probably the most common sports injury. This injury is dramatically increased when participants don't wear mouth guards. With immediate care, teeth can be physically repaired and restored. Without - long-term problems can develop quickly.
With a chipped or cracked tooth, it’s best to seek immediate dental care. In less severe situations, the dentist may simply smooth out a chip, or add filling material to repair the damage. A severe crack or fracture may not have a successful outcome. Usually, an X-Ray can properly diagnose the severity of the condition. While the dentist will make every effort to save a tooth, if the tooth can’t be saved, you will be informed of various options for replacement.
A knocked-out tooth is an emergency. With appropriate measures, chances are good that the tooth can be successfully reinserted and preserved. If your tooth is knocked out, pick it up without touching the root. Rinse the tooth gently – and where possible place the tooth back in the socket. If the tooth cannot be placed back, the tooth can be dropped into a cup of milk. Here, immediate medical attention is key – the longer you wait, the less chance of saving the tooth.
If you have a tooth that is out of alignment or loose, you should consider this an emergency. In an effort to save the tooth, you can put the tooth back into its original position, but with great care. Do not force the tooth back into position - you might try to bite down on the tooth to keep it from moving around. When you do get to your dentist for an emergency appointment, a “splint” may be used to keep the loose tooth stabilized alongside the adjacent teeth.
When a tooth injury is serious, it can cause a fractured root. Sometimes, fractures are invisible, and if left unattended can develop into infection. The sooner a root fracture receives attention, the better (like root canal therapy). Anything less could potentially lead to future tooth loss.
TISSUE INJURY/FACIAL PAIN
An injury inside the mouth should be considered a dental emergency. This would include punctures or lacerations inside the cheeks, mouth, and tongue. Tissue injuries, with or without bleeding, should be attended to immediately. While waiting for emergency care, facial pain can be relieved by taking OTC acetaminophen (according to the package instructions). Neither aspirin nor ibuprofen should be taken for this type of dental emergency (can cause bleeding).
In sports, and especially with a serious blow, a tooth can be driven into the jawbone. Although this injury is less common, a tooth intrusion still requires emergency care. As it is, this type of injury is more common in children, and with their primary teeth, simply because of structure.
A severe tooth infection or abscess is a condition that requires emergency care. These can even be life-threatening situations, so immediate care is highly recommended. The important thing is to ascertain the source and scope of the infection, and to get things immediately under control. For some patients, a root canal procedure might be required, although this is a multi-step process. Whatever the case, the actual infection or abscess should be addressed ASAP.
ISSUES WITH RESTORATIONS
If a temporary crown comes off, it’s not an emergency. However, it’s important to re-insert the crown manually until you can see the dentist. When re-inserting a crown, it should fit comfortably into place. You can use a prescribed adhesive (short term) and bite down gently so the pressure allows the crown to adhere. Keep everything clean and hygienic until there’s an opportunity to visit the dentist, at which time the crown can be re-fitted and then re-cemented.
Clearly, some oral injuries and conditions are more urgent than others. However, the most sensible approach is not to take chances, and to visit a dentist as soon as possible. If you delay treatment, it can potentially lead to serious complications, and possibly the loss of a tooth (or teeth). While emergency services may cost more than routine services, it’s still important to seek immediate treatment. Overall, regular dental checkups are the best way to be preventive – regular checkups will identify problems at an early stage, and even diagnose problems before they have a chance of escalating and deteriorating.
Identify the dental problem, assess the damage and initiate repairs
The idea with emergency dentistry is to identify the nature of the problem, assess the inherent damage, and initiate the necessary repairs. For example, a tooth knocked out in a sports incident might have two possible outcomes. With urgent emergency treatment, the tooth can actually be “saved”. However, if there are hours of inattention, chances of “saving” the tooth are diminished.
For patients with something foreign stuck in their teeth, emergency dentistry may not be urgent, but dental attention is highly recommended. The aim is to diagnose the situation quickly, and to treat accordingly – after all, the sooner a treatment begins, the better the outcomes. The fact is, an experienced emergency dentist, along with a good dental team, can make a big difference.
Sometimes, an emergency situation is all about relieving excruciating pain for the short term, and getting ready for follow-up treatment. But regardless of the cause or symptom, emergency dental care doesn’t necessary have to be from the regular family dentist. It needs to be from the dentist who can provide the most timely urgent care possible. And of course, time is of the essence.
Beyond a situation where pain is a factor, many patients get anxious and concerned with a dental emergency. This is where a reliable emergency dentist can be an advantage – someone to call for advice, for an action plan, even for a suggestion to go directly to the hospital. All patient questions are relevant, and a reliable dentist will be only too happy to provide the appropriate answers.
Today, in professional dentistry, there is some debate about what is and what isn’t an emergency. However, for an ailing patient, the definition doesn’t really matter, and a better dentist recognizes that attending to patient distress is the priority. To be sure, a broken bridge or cracked crown can certainly qualify for emergency dental care, including all of the repairs and restoration work.
Dental emergencies - whether in the home or on the rugby field - are an unexpected occurrence. It’s one of the better reasons to have a good family dentist – a professional who can be relied on for emergency dental care when required. At the Mackenzie Dental Centre, Dr. Lloyd Pedvis can respond quickly to urgent need, and can provide the necessary treatment to address the issue.
How do I know if a tooth infection is spreading?
Tooth infections can be dangerous – especially if left untreated. As an example, a tooth abscess is an infection that has already started to develop. An abscess will not just go away – it requires treatment as soon as symptoms arise. Abscesses can be caused by many things, including an untreated cavity or a tooth injury that hasn’t been properly treated. Symptoms include severe pain and sensitivity to hot and cold.
Patients experiencing tooth pain, sensitivity, or foul taste in the mouth, may well be dealing with an infection that has not been properly treated. At the dentist’s office, an abscess will be drained and the infection will be treated. In severe cases, a decision will be made if a root canal is required in order to save the abscessed tooth. In the most severe of cases, the tooth will have to be removed completely.
Because teeth contain nerves, any type of infection can be extremely painful, especially if the infection is affecting deeper issue. A tooth infection, whether it has become an abscess or not, may cause pain as a symptom – a sign that something is wrong and needs attention. This is not a good time to delay or avoid treatment, but rather a signal that the cause of infection needs to be identified, and properly treated.
There’s no need for a tooth infection to disrupt your day-to-day life. If you’ve noticed symptoms that include pain and sensitivity, it's best to get an immediate diagnosis, and follow-up treatment ASAP. Failing this, a tooth infection can quickly get worse. In terms of a preventive approach, good oral care and hygiene can make a big difference in counteracting the decay and bacteria that cause infections.
How long does it take for antibiotics to work for a tooth infection?
Tooth infections can manifest in a number of ways, particularly if your teeth are not well maintained. Starting with an in-depth diagnosis, the dentist will identify the cause of the infection and recommend a treatment protocol. Antibiotics may be prescribed for the infection because they are very effective. While an antibiotic may reduce pain and swelling related to an infection, this is not a complete cure for the infection. As such, root canal treatments are often the answer for an infected or abscessed tooth.
Bacteria cause oral infections, and antibiotics are designed to slow down bacterial growth. The dentist will prescribe an antibiotic that will best fight your infection. Usually, an oral antibiotic is prescribed for a tooth infection. Typically, antibiotics will break down bacteria within 48 hours and symptoms should be improved within 72 hours. For those patients who are allergic to specific antibiotics, there are alternatives. Each prescription will indicate how many times a day and for how long to medicate.
Antibiotics are not designed to relieve pain. When necessary, the dentist may prescribe special pain medication or anti-inflammatory medication, all depending on your condition and extent of pain. The important thing, however, is to get to the root of the infection and begin treatment. As helpful as the antibiotics can be, restorative dental work is needed to reverse the infection, repair damage, and move forward with healthier teeth and gums. Then it’s time to ensure optimum oral health day-to-day.
How to Avoid a Dental Emergency
By nature, oral health problems can be very painful – so much so that emergency care is essential. It’s not a bad idea to have a local emergency dentist in mind, but it’s just as important to take preventive steps in order to prevent emergency situations. With teeth, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
VISIT THE DENTIST REGULARLY
When your teeth are kept healthy, they are stronger and less likely to be damaged or infected. Regular visits to the dentist are the best way to maintain oral health and identify problems at an early stage.
PROTECTION DURING SPORTS
Without the proper protection, sports injuries can include cracked, chipped, or even lost teeth. In any sport, it’s wise to wear a customized mouth-guard in order to protect the teeth and gums from injury.
DON’T EAT ANYTHING HARD
Biting down on a hard candy, or chewing a pencil, can easily cause a tooth to crack or chip. Chewing on hard ice, another bad habit can actually chip away at the tooth enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity.
TEETH ARE NOT SCISSORS
Teeth should not be used for opening packages or bags. Unfortunately, many people will bite down on various things to open them – this can potentially damage a tooth, loosen a tooth, or even crack a tooth.
EATING A HEALTHY DIET
A good, healthy diet can remineralize your teeth, strengthening them against possible damage. A good diet is sure to keep your teeth strong, while fighting off decay. A bad diet will simply do the opposite.
Regular brushing and flossing will keep teeth in optimum condition, helping to prevent decay, and therefore preventing dental emergencies that may be caused by poorly maintained, unhealthy teeth.
About Mackenzie Dental Centre
The Mackenzie Dental Centre offers a wide range of services - from urgent care and emergencies, to cosmetic, to restorative. Treatments and procedures are personalized to suit the needs of each patient. The clinic employs state-of-the-art medical technology and remains at the forefront of modern dentistry, so that patients receive the highest quality of dental care.
As every patient is unique, the aim at the Mackenzie Dental Centre is to provide personal service. This includes everything from semi-annual dental examinations, to professional teeth whitening, to more complex procedures like implants and dentures. In addition, Dr. Pedvis offers root canal treatment, and where necessary, comprehensive full mouth reconstruction.
Many patients have found the clinic to be distinctively different. The environment is somewhat “spa-like” allowing for an atmosphere that is both soothing and relaxing. This is particularly important for patients (adults and children) who may have some previous anxieties. For the kids, the interactive KID-ZONE will keep them fully pre-occupied and carefree.
The Mackenzie Dental Centre offers extended clinic hours, as well as weekend availability, for patients who might require the flexibility, and for those unanticipated emergencies where urgent care is needed.
Dr. Lloyd Pedvis
Dr. Pedvis is a graduate of McGill University Faculty of Dentistry. He attended the University of Montreal's residency program in 1992, and has been in a private practice since then. Dr. Pedvis spent the first years of practice in the Ottawa area, and now serves the Woodbridge area through the Mackenzie Dental Centre.
A member of the Ontario Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Association, Dr. Pedvis is also a member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. Of interest to a good number of patients is the Moderate Sedation that Dr. Pedvis can offer, especially for patients who may have some inherent anxieties.
Dr. Pedvis makes use of the latest medical technologies, along with the most advanced treatments and procedures available today. When it comes to emergencies and accidents, the focus is always on immediate diagnosis and appropriate follow-up. And this is where the Mackenzie Dental team is so integral to the cause.
With most dental emergencies, the Mackenzie Dental Centre can provide urgent care for children and adults alike. The clinic is well prepared to handle emergencies, and Dr. Pedvis always does his best to provide immediate care and attention. Where additional follow-up is required, this too is professionally managed.
Patients throughout Vaughan Region can rely on Dr. Pedvis and his proficient dental team for a high standard of dental care. Beyond urgent care and emergencies, new patients and walk-ins are welcome at the new clinic facility in Woodbridge. Located conveniently at Highway 400 and Major Mackenzie Drive, the clinic offers ample parking and wheelchair access. Dr. Pedvis is now serving Woodbridge, Vaughan and Maple. For more information, or to book an appointment call the clinic directly at 905-417-8700, or visit the website at www.mackenziedentalcentre.com.
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