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If you think you have a dental emergency, call our office right away. Our receptionist will be more than happy to answer questions about your dental situation. If it’s after hour, call the office and our answering machine will lead you to Dr. Ho’s contact information. According to the College of Dental Surgeon of BC, these 4 conditions are considered true dental emergency:

  • Traumatic injury to your mouth, jaw or teeth
  • Severe pain that cannot be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe swelling in your mouth, face or neck

These are some other more common, less serious dental emergency situations:


Rinse your mouth with water to remove all debris. If cold water or air causes the pain to get worse, stay with lukewarm water and avoid eating sugar on this tooth. If there is swelling and the pain is worsen with hot or warmth, then you can try rinse with icy cold water or use cold compress on the area of the face close to the tooth.

Broken tooth or filling:

If the filling is the only thing that has fallen out and there is no pain, do not do anything except call your dentist right away. If there is pain or sensitivity from the cracked filling or tooth, avoid chewing with that side and stay with lukewarm water.

Dislodged teeth:

If you had an accident and knock a front tooth completely out or its socket, immediate pick the tooth up and rinse it gently with water and try position it back into the socket. If not possible, you should keep the tooth in a small container filled with milk or saline. If you can’t find either, use your own saliva. Never soak the tooth in water only. Call your dental right away!

Dislodge crown:

Retrieve the crown, keep it in a safe place and bring it to your dentist. If you are in a social situation that your need to have the crown on the tooth temporarily, you can fill the crown with Vaseline or dental glue and try seat the crown back to its original position.

Post-surgery discomfort:

You have just had a surgery performed, it is normal to have bleeding during the first 24 hours. Take the pain medication recommended by your dentist. If there is swelling on the face after surgery, try use ice compression to control the swelling. If you have any other concern regarding the healing, call our office right away!