Emergency Dentistry

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In the hustle of daily life, dental emergencies can catch you off guard, demanding immediate attention. At Preston Dental Center, we understand the urgency and discomfort that come with such situations. Our dedicated team is prepared to offer swift, compassionate care to address your dental emergencies, ensuring your teeth receive the attention they need when they need it the most. Situated in the heart of Little Italy, we provide a safe, welcoming environment where your dental health is our top priority. Trust us to be your reliable partner in maintaining not just your smile, but also your overall oral health.


Looking for an emergency dentist in Ottawa? At Preston Dental Centre, we understand that dental emergencies can happen at any moment and often require immediate attention. That’s why we specialize in Emergency Dentistry, ensuring you get the prompt care you need when unexpected dental issues arise. Whether it’s sudden toothaches, wisdom teeth pain, a knocked-out tooth, a broken crown, or a painful abscess tooth, we’re here to provide swift & effective emergency dental treatment.

The importance of quick response in dental emergencies cannot be overstated. Fast action can often save a tooth, prevent infection, and reduce the need for extensive treatment. Our team is trained to handle a variety of dental emergencies with the urgency and care they require.

We recognize that dental emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours, which is why we offer emergency dentist appointments on Saturdays. So, if you find yourself in a dental crisis over the weekend, don’t wait – Preston Dental Centre is ready to assist you. Contact us for immediate attention and let us take care of your urgent dental needs.

patient at a dentist holding her jaw in pain with a severe toothache.

Types of Dental Emergencies

Not sure what a dental emergency is? It can be anything from a severe toothache to a knocked-out tooth. Knowing when to seek immediate dental care is crucial, here are some common dental emergencies.

Knocked-Out Teeth

Knocked-out teeth refer to teeth that have been entirely removed from their socket, typically as a result of an injury. This situation is considered one of the most pressing dental emergencies. Prompt action is crucial in such cases; the quicker a dentist can reinsert a knocked-out tooth, the higher the likelihood of successfully preserving it.

Tooth Abscess

Abscess teeth occur at the root of a tooth, or in the area between the gum and a tooth. They are often marked by intense pain and swelling. Such infections are critical dental emergencies because of the danger of the infection spreading. If not treated quickly, an abscess can escalate into more severe, potentially life-threatening conditions.

Swollen Jaw or Mouth

Swelling in the jaw or mouth area can indicate an infection or other dental problems. This symptom should be taken seriously as it may signal a severe infection. Immediate attention is necessary, similar to abscesses, because untreated infections can spread and result in more serious health complications.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

Teeth that are fractured or broken, often due to an accident or biting down on something hard, need prompt attention. Although these injuries are not as immediately urgent as a knocked-out tooth or as life-threatening as an abscess, they can be serious, particularly if there is severe pain or damage to the tooth’s inner layers. Prompt dental care is essential to address these issues.

Lost Fillings or Crowns

When a filling or crown falls out, it leaves the tooth exposed and sensitive. While these incidents are generally less urgent than cases like abscesses or knocked-out teeth, they still require timely attention. A lost filling or crown can expose sensitive areas of the tooth, potentially causing pain and increasing the risk of further damage.


Persistent or severe toothaches often signals an underlying issue, such as decay or infection. The urgency of addressing this pain depends on its severity and the underlying cause. Severe, continuous toothaches are indicative of serious dental problems and should be treated promptly to prevent further complications.

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PDC is here for you in dental emergencies, providing prompt and expert care using the latest in dental technology. We understand that dental emergencies can be stressful and often come with anxiety. Our team is dedicated to making your emergency visit as calm and comfortable as possible. We’re here to offer immediate relief and a reassuring environment.

At Preston Dental, we’re not just quick responders; we’re attentive listeners. In emergency situations, we focus on understanding your specific needs and concerns, ensuring your treatment is tailored to your unique situation. Our goal is to alleviate your discomfort swiftly and effectively, ensuring you leave with peace of mind and a plan for optimal dental health

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Emergency Dental FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What constitutes a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies can include severe pain, bleeding, abscesses, lost or broken teeth, lost fillings or crowns, and infections. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have a concern about your dental health that cannot wait for a regular appointment, it may be considered an emergency.

How do I get emergency dental care at Preston Dental Centre?

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call us immediately at 613-729-3338. We strive to accommodate emergency patients with same-day appointments whenever possible.

What can I expect during an emergency dental visit?

During your visit, our priority will be to address any pain and prevent further damage. This may involve diagnostic tests like X-rays. Our team will then explain your treatment options and next steps. Treatment may begin immediately or require a follow-up appointment, depending on the situation.

How much does emergency dental care cost?

The cost of emergency dental care varies depending on the nature of the emergency and the treatment required. We will provide you with an estimate after our initial assessment. Our office accepts many insurance plans and offers various payment options to help manage the costs of your care.

Does insurance cover emergency dental procedures?

Many insurance plans cover at least a portion of emergency dental care. We recommend checking with your insurance provider for specifics of your coverage. Our office staff can also assist with insurance queries and claims.

What should I do if I break a tooth?

If you break a tooth, it’s important to take immediate steps to minimize pain and prevent further damage:

  1. Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area.
  2. Apply a cold compress to your face to reduce swelling.
  3. If possible, save any pieces of the broken tooth and rinse them gently in water.
  4. Avoid using the broken tooth for chewing and try not to touch it with your tongue or fingers.
  5. Contact your dentist as soon as possible. Broken teeth can often be saved with prompt treatment.

How do I handle a knocked-out tooth?

A knocked-out tooth is a dental emergency that requires quick action to increase the chances of saving the tooth:

  1. Pick up the tooth by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth), avoiding touching the root.
  2. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it with water. Do not scrub, remove any tissue attached, or dry the tooth.
  3. If possible, try to reinsert the tooth into the socket gently. Make sure it’s facing the right way but don’t force it.
  4. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, keep it moist by placing it in a glass of milk, water with a pinch of salt, or in an emergency tooth preservation kit if available.
  5. Contact your dentist immediately. Knocked-out teeth have the highest chances of being saved if returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out.

Can antibiotics treat a dental abscess without seeing a dentist?

Antibiotics can help control the infection from a dental abscess, but they cannot cure the abscess on their own. Treatment from a dentist is necessary to drain the abscess and address the underlying issue causing the infection, such as decay or gum disease. Ignoring the problem can lead to more serious health complications. If you suspect you have a dental abscess, contact your dentist immediately for an evaluation and treatment.

What are the risks of ignoring a dental emergency?

Ignoring a dental emergency can lead to serious complications, including:

  • Increased pain and infection risk
  • Spread of the infection to other parts of the face, skull, and even the bloodstream, which can be life-threatening
  • Greater likelihood of requiring more extensive and expensive treatment in the future
  • Loss of the affected tooth and surrounding teeth
  • Jaw bone loss and negative impacts on overall oral health

It’s crucial to address dental emergencies promptly to avoid these risks and preserve your oral health.