Dental emergency in Montreal: need an appointment?

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A dental emergency can happen at any time

A dental emergency is characterized by serious oral problems such as acute pain, infection, trauma or sudden tooth loss. You may also need to see your dentist urgently if you lose a crown, have nagging pain, prolonged bleeding or severe swelling.

Examples of emergency cases that may require the intervention of a dentist:

  • Severe pain or throbbing sensation
  • Tooth fracture or dislocation following shock
  • Gingivitis: red, swollen and painful gums
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet
  • Inflammation of the gums around wisdom teeth

Experiencing persistent and abnormal pain after dental surgery is also considered an emergency requiring the intervention of a dentist.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency in Montreal, contact us immediately at 514-331-0060.

How to react in a dental emergency?

Ice and painkillers to calm inflammation

How to relieve pain while waiting to see your dentist urgently? Generally, you can take pain medication to reduce pain. However, avoid any contact with the infected tooth or part in your mouth. In some cases, cold can be effective in reducing pain. Proceed by applying an ice pack surrounded by a damp compress to the affected side of the cheek for at least 10 minutes every 2 hours.

Sterile compression to reduce bleeding

If there is bleeding, apply a sterile compress to the wound with light bite for 30 minutes. The pressure applied should stop the bleeding.

Consult a doctor or pharmacist while waiting to see the dentist

In case of severe pain, it is suggested to consult a doctor or pharmacist to help you reduce the discomfort until your appointment with the dentist. You can take acetaminophen (no more than 8 tablets of 500 mg/day, check dosage) and you can additionally take ibuprofen tablets (no more than 6 tablets of 600 mg per day). The tablets can be taken at the same time if the pain is severe.

If necessary, you can also go to the hospital nearest to you. If your hospital does not have an emergency department specializing in dental care, traditional emergency room doctors will treat you for temporary pain relief.

Emergency dentist: our prevention advice

Life is full of unexpected events. And despite the best intentions, we cannot predict everything. However, there are good practices to adopt to minimize the risks of finding yourself having to consult your dentist urgently.

Preventive methods to avoid dental incidents

  • Maintain good oral hygiene: brush your teeth three times a day (after each meal) and floss.
  • Visit your dentist regularly to detect problems early. Visits every 6 months are recommended.
  • Wear a mouthguard during sporting activities to minimize injury in the event of trauma.
  • Eat a balanced diet: limit sugar and acidic foods, such as soft drinks, to prevent cavities and premature tooth wear.
  • Avoid biting foods that are too hard: candy, nuts, ice cubes, unpopped popcorn, bones, etc.

Contact our dental clinic in case of emergency

Are you looking for a dentist for a dental emergency in Montreal? The Clinique Dentaire Dr Richard Landry will see you urgently the same day or in less than 24 hours, with the possibility of seeing you outside opening hours.

On weekends, the clinic is closed, but our dentist takes messages remotely. Our warm and professional team will do everything in its power to help you regain your well-being!

Our clinic is located in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville district of Montreal, very close to the Saint-Laurent Montréal-Nord, Mont-Royal, and Villeray and Rosemont boroughs.