Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergency Services in Markham and North York

Have a dental emergency in Markham? The St. Joseph Dental Clinic team is ready to provide the help you need to correct your smile and provide emergency dental treatment to any damage.

In a dental emergency, we want you to come see us right away! It may even be possible to save a tooth that has been knocked out if you can get treatment within an hour. The sooner you come in for treatment, the better!

At St. Joseph Dental Clinic, our team is quick to provide you with comfort and treatment to relieve pain and begin fixing your smile.

When Should You See The Dentist?

Here are some tips on handling some common dental emergencies.


First, call us and explain your symptoms and ask to be seen as soon as possible. Then ease the pain by taking an over-the-counter pain medicine that works for you. However, be careful not to put the pills on your sore tooth. Make sure you hold an ice pack against your face at the spot of the sore tooth. Do not put a heating pad, a hot water bottle, or any other source of heat on your jaw as this will make things worse instead of better.

Chipped or Broken Tooth

Have a broken tooth? Not to worry, it can almost always be salvaged. Call your dentist immediately and explain the situation. They will endeavour to see you right away. If it’s a small break, we may use a white filling to fix the tooth. If the break is a bit more serious, a root canal may be needed. Depending on the circumstances, your tooth may also need a crown (also called a cap).

Badly Bitten Lip or Tongue

If there is bleeding, press down on the part of the mouth that is bleeding. Make sure to use a clean cloth to do this. If the lip is swollen, use an ice pack to keep the swelling down. If the bleeding does not stop, go to Emergency at a hospital right away.

Something Stuck Between Teeth

First, try using dental floss, very gently and carefully, to remove the object. Never poke between your teeth with a pin or similar sharp, pointy object as it can cut your gums or scratch the tooth surface. If you can’t get the object out, go see your dentist.

Lost Filling

Put a piece of softened sugarless chewing gum in the spot where the filling was lost. This will protect the area for a short period of time. See a dentist as soon as possible.

What To Do If Your Tooth is Knocked Out

If the knocked-out tooth is an adult (or permanent) tooth, your dentist may be able to put it back, however, you must act quickly. If the tooth is put back in place within an hour or two, it has a fair chance of taking root again. After two hours, the chances are poor.

If the tooth looks clean, put it back in its place (its socket). If this is not possible or if there’s a chance that the tooth might be swallowed, put it in a container of milk, if possible. Come to us immediately or to the nearest dentist, right away.

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