Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergency in Toronto

Toothaches, sore gums, and broken teeth often require emergency dental care. If you have dental pain, contact Yonge & Merton Dental promptly for an appointment. We will arrange a visit quickly to address your emergency.

Dental Emergency Next Steps

X-rays may be taken during the exam to diagnose the issue. Treatment options will be explained, and if possible, provided during the visit. Otherwise, the tooth will be stabilized, and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled for further treatment.

Emergency Dental Services in Toronto

Our dental practice is here to assist you in dental emergencies. Reach out to us for immediate first aid guidance over the phone and to determine the most appropriate course of action.

What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

In essence, any dental issue requiring prompt attention to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is considered an emergency. Such situations can arise from accidents, injuries, advanced cavities affecting nerves, and severe infections with life-threatening potential.

Do I Require Emergency Dentistry?

Emergency dentistry can preserve natural teeth, prevent the spread of infections, and offer more affordable and natural alternatives to extensive procedures. For instance, a knocked-out tooth can often be reinserted shortly after an accident, reducing the need for costly implants and invasive treatments. Acting swiftly in other dental emergencies also opens doors to more cost-effective and natural solutions.

Seek emergency dental care if you experience:

  1. Pain hindering eating or sleeping.
  2. Knocked-out teeth.
  3. Broken or loose braces.
  4. Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.
  5. Lost filling or crown.
  6. Abscess or “pimple” on the gumline.

What to Do in a Dental Emergency?

While dental emergencies can be frightening, maintaining composure is crucial. If you encounter an emergency, stay calm, follow the first aid steps below, and seek dental assistance as soon as possible.


  • Apply a cold compress or ice pack to the affected area.
  • Use pain relievers like acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g., Advil). Avoid Aspirin, as it may thin the blood and exacerbate bleeding.

Knocked-Out Teeth:

  • Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root.
  • Attempt to reinsert the tooth into the socket immediately.
  • If unsuccessful, rinse the tooth without scrubbing and place it in warm milk.
  • Contact us promptly to enhance the chances of saving the tooth.

Broken Teeth:

  • Save all pieces of the broken tooth.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to remove smaller pieces.
  • Apply sterile gauze to the area if bleeding.
  • Use a cold compress to alleviate pain and swelling.
  • Call us immediately to restore the tooth and prevent further damage.


  • Rinse your mouth with a mild saltwater solution several times a day.
  • Contact us for prompt treatment to prevent further damage.

Fallen-Out Filling:

  • Apply orthodontic wax as a temporary solution.
  • Visit a dentist as soon as possible for a permanent fix.

Jaw Injury:

  • Avoid solid food.
  • Apply an ice pack to your face.
  • Contact us to determine the next steps. If you suspect a broken jaw, seek emergency dental care immediately.

Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation and examination. We will assess your overall oral health and discuss your treatment goals to help you achieve the smile you desire.

Remember, timely action can make a significant difference in preserving your oral health and avoiding more extensive interventions.

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