What to do During a Dental Emergency

Dental Emergencies can arise very quickly and are often painful and potentially dangerous or even life threatening. When you are experiencing a Dental Emergency, it’s best to contact an Emergency Dentist Near You as soon as possible to schedule a Dental Emergency Examination appointment.

As Dental Emergencies can come with a wide range of symptoms and in various forms, we’d like to go over the process for recognizing the issue, finding a local emergency dentist, and scheduling an appointment. Let’s get started below!


What to do during a Dental Emergency:

  • Assess Your Symptoms

The first step in the Dental Emergency process is recognizing your symptoms and realizing that you need to find a Dentist for an Emergency Dental appointment.

Here are a few of the most common symptoms of a Dental Emergency:
  • Cracked Tooth, Broken Tooth, or Chipped Tooth
  • Swelling or Infection around a tooth, specific area in your mouth, or facial swelling
  • Dental Abscesses
  • Excessive bleeding in oral cavity
  • Loose or broken dental appliances (wires, brackets, other appliances)
  • Laceration of gums, cheeks, or lips
  • Severe aching, numbness, or pain in the oral cavity
  • Physical impact/trauma to the mouth


  • Find an Emergency Dentist Near You

Now that you’ve recognized that you need to seek Emergency Dental treatment, it’s time to find a dentist. The best-case scenario is that you have a local dentist that you are seeing for regular care. Great! Give them a call and see if they can schedule you in for an Emergency Dental Examination.

If you do not have a regular dentist, your current dentist is too busy, have moved to a new area, or are on vacation, you’ll need to find a new dentist that is accepting new patients for Dental Emergencies. The most common way to find an Emergency Dentist in your area is to do a Google search online – very easy! This can be done on your phone, tablet, or computer using www.google.ca.

Here are a few common Google searches to try and find the best emergency dentist near you:
  • Emergency Dentist Near Me
  • Emergency Dentist Collingwood
  • Local Emergency Dentist
  • Emergency Dental Clinic
  • Dentist for Emergency in my area
  • Questions to Ask Each Emergency Dental Clinic:

Once you find an Emergency Dentist near you, there are a few questions to consider asking during your initial conversation with them. It’s best to speak with a few different Dental Clinics (if possible) to see which Dentist would best fit your dental needs (timing, services, etc).

Here are a few questions to ask the local Emergency Dental Clinic:
  • Are you accepting new patients?

Not all Dentists are currently accepting new patients and only have enough time to service their own patients. This is always a great first question to ask so you’re not wasting your time with further questioning.

  • Which emergency dental services does the Dental Clinic offer?

While most Dental Clinics offer Emergency Dental Services, they may not offer services that would directly apply to your unique case. For instance, if you need a tooth extracted due to infection, not all Dental Clinics offer Dental Extractions as part of their in-house services. These Dentists may refer to a Dental Specialist for certain services, which may be fine for you as well given the Emergency nature of the situation.

  • When can you be seen for an Emergency Appointment?

While many Dental Clinics will accept patients for Dental Emergencies, you may not be able to be seen immediately. Depending on the city or town, it may be common to wait a few days or weeks before an appointment is available.

It’s a great idea to ask when you can be seen, as some Emergency Dental Clinics save time for Dental Emergencies and are able to see these patients for an examination relatively soon.

  • Scheduling an Appointment and Follow Up/Post Care Instructions

    • Once you’ve found an Emergency Dentist near you and have asked the questions above – it’s time to schedule an appointment! You’ll likely be scheduled in for a 30-minute examination and potential x-rays to help diagnose the issue. You’ll also need to complete a set of New Patient Forms, which may be emailed to you prior to your appointment or will be done before your first appointment.


At your Emergency Dental examination, the dentist will take a look at your issue, possibly take an x-ray or two, and then go over their diagnosis. Depending on your needs, the dentist may suggest a specific treatment such as an extraction, root canal, or filling. Alternatively, they may prescribe an antibiotic to help with swelling. It really depends on your unique case.

Once the appointment is done, you may be recommended to come back for further treatment, a follow up examination, or other appointment. Your dental provider may also provide post-appointment instructions, which are extremely important to follow.


Unsure about Your Symptoms or Any of the above? Please reach out!

Dental Emergencies can be stressful, arise quickly, and can often be confusing to deal with. If you’re confused about the process, are unsure if you should be seeking Emergency Dental Care or have any questions at all about Dental Emergencies or becoming a new patient, please contact us by one of the options below.

Our team is trained in handling Dental Emergencies and take pride in serving the town of Collingwood with a variety of Emergency Dental services. We’d be happy to help in any capacity we can!


Dr. Sarah McVey for Dental Emergencies in Collingwood

As a General Dentist that offers Emergency Dentistry services, Dr. Sarah McVey welcomes new and existing patients for Dental Emergencies at Collingwood Family Dental. Our team places a special emphasis on providing Emergency Dental Care for our patients and the communities around us, including Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, The Blue Mountains, Thornbury, Creemore, Stayner, Clearview, and more.


Best way to schedule an Appointment

There are a few different ways to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sarah – either for an Emergency Appointment or a New Patient Exam & Cleaning.


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