How to handle a dental emergency

Dental emergencies can happen any time. If you find yourself in a dental emergency, it is important to know what to do! Patients who visit our office in downtown Montreal  will want to ask how to handle it. Knowing ahead of time what to do will help when a problem actually occurs. If you need of an emergency dentist, our team will get you the care you need.  Dr. Slepchik has always felt that anyone who phones our office in severe pain should be seen that day, if possible. We will do our very best to see you as soon as possible. This is office policy.

What are common dental emergencies?

A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate dental care. They occur for a number of reasons, including:

  • A toothache
  • A dental abscess
  • A lost or broken tooth
  • Dental trauma (such as from a fall)

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, it is important to seek out dental care immediately. Delaying treatment can lead to further damage and even infection. What should you do in the meantime? Here are some tips:

  • If you have a toothache, try rinsing your mouth with salt water and take ibuprofen if you are in pain. See a dentist as soon as possible.
  • If you have an abscessed tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and try to eat soft foods. Call the dental office for a same-day appointment.
  • If you have lost or broken a tooth, try to find the tooth and keep it in milk or dental cement if you can’t put it back in place. The sooner you get to the dental office, the higher the chance of reattachment.
  • If you have dental trauma, apply ice to the area and seek medical attention immediately. Do not move the injured teeth unnecessarily.

Dental emergencies can be scary and confusing, but knowing what to do can help ease stress. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact our office. Getting prompt treatment is crucial for preventing further damage and potential problems.  We are here for you and can be reached at (514) 875-7971 to request assistance. The policy of our practice is to see an emergency as quickly as possible. Patients can also email us at

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