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Prairie Dental Centre

Your Dental Care Questions Answered

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies happen. We realize that when they do, they are typically scary and cause quite a bit of stress. In Leduc, at Prairie Dental Centre, we believe in tending promptly to our patients experiencing a dental emergency. When you call us, you will be able to contact us via our emergency numbers.


If you experience a dental emergency, it is advisable to schedule a visit with us right away. Delaying treatment could mean further permanent damage requiring more extensive treatment later. Whether you've experienced injury to the jaw, a broken tooth, or have lost a tooth filling, please seek emergency dental treatment as soon as possible.

The human body is not typically subtle with its messages. If you are in pain, it usually means something is wrong. If you're unsure what might constitute a dental emergency, or would like some information on minimizing pain between now and your visit to the dentist, please read on.

  • Toothache Ensure no food stuck in your teeth using dental floss. Then rinse with warm water. If the pain persists, schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.

  • Tooth Knocked Out Rinse the area, but be sure to retain any remaining tissue. If the tooth is intact, immediately immerse the tooth in milk or saliva and come to our dental clinic within 15 to 90 minutes; beyond this time period we will not be able to reimplant the tooth. If this is not possible, set the tooth aside until you come in for a visit.

  • Bitten Lip/Tongue Clean the area and apply use to reduce swelling and minimize pain. If you've broken the skin and bleeding persists, call us or visit the emergency room.

  • Broken Teeth If you break your teeth, try to collect and set aside any large pieces if possible. Then, rinse your mouth out with water to ensure no small pieces remain.

  • Dental Abscess If you experience a pimple-like swelling to your gums, perform a saltwater rinse, and contact us immediately, as abscesses can develop into serious infections.

  • Broken Jaw If you have broken your jaw, apply ice or a cold compress to minimize swelling. Call us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible or go immediately to a hospital emergency department if in severe pain.

  • Foreign Object Stuck in Teeth If the object is small enough and there is no risk of damaging the tooth, carefully use dental floss to remove the object. Use care, and very minimal force. Do not try using a sharp implement of any kind. If the object cannot be removed, contact us.

  • Lost Dental Crown If your dental crown has loosened or come off, please make an appointment so that we can assess the tooth and recement the crown if possible.

Should your emergency require immediate care, we will find time to fit you in between appointments for that day, and if necessary, come in after-hours. Our patients mean a great deal to us. When you need us, we are here for you.

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