Dental Emergencies (for all ages) | Extractions | Broken tooth | Root Canals | Wisdom Teeth Removal | Fillings & Restorative | Digital Dentistry | Dental Implants | Crown & Bridge | Dentures & Partials | Dental Appliances | Consultations | X-Ray & CBCTs & Digital Scans |
This practice was established to provide patients with a dental clinic to treat dental emergencies promptly. If you do not have a dentist, or if your own dentist is not able to schedule you an appointment in a timely fashion, call our office to book an appointment to be seen at our clinic.
Call us to book your appointment: 902-681-9111
We also provide other regular dental services at Fundy Dental Centre, see below or call for more information.
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Generally speaking, we define a true dental emergency as severe pain, trauma, infection, swelling or bleeding in your mouth or jaw that is causing a disruption to your daily routine. (example: loss of sleep, inability to eat, unbearable pain that cannot be managed).
These emergency issues are of high importance and need to be addressed immediately, before they develop into more severe issues. Pain can originate from the tooth, the surrounding tissues, or can have the sensation of originating in your teeth but may be caused by another independent source (such as sinuses). You might even feel like the pain is radiating to your neck or ears. Depending on the kind of pain you are experiencing, we can determine the likely cause and treat the issue accordingly.
If you do not have a family dentist in Nova Scotia, or cannot get into yours in a timely fashion, please call us to book an appointment for our dentists to assess and potentially treat your dental emergency!
Call us when these issues arise, so that we can book you an appointment to be seen promptly! 902-681-9111
Urgent Dental Care
Sometimes you may experience issues that are considered "urgent", rather than an "emergency" issue. There are a number of inconvenient dental related incidents that occur (broken tooth, hypersensitivity, crown falling off, detection of suspicious lesion in mouth etc.).
At Fundy Dental Centre we will perform a specific examination and radiograph for all patients that arrive at our office. However, due to the unpredictable patient flow of this office, we may not be able to provide definitive non-emergency same-day treatment in these situations. There are by-appointment times for these dental issues that can be treated at a later date.
Oral Surgery & Wisdom Teeth
Oral surgery is any procedure that involves cutting into or removing tissue from your mouth. It includes procedures like removing a tooth, gum surgery, and receiving dental implants. Oral surgery also includes getting rid of diseased tissue from the mouth, correcting jaw problems, or repairing a cleft lip or palate. These latter procedures are usually performed by an oral & maxillo-facial surgeon (OMFS) after referral from your general dentist.
Our office performs many surgical procedures, including simple and surgical tooth extractions, wisdom tooth removal, dental implant placement and other minor surgical treatments. We also work closely with our local OMFS to provide the most appropriate care for our patients. Dental surgery is easily performed with local anesthetic (freezing), but many patients choose one of our sedation options for these appointments, see below.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. A replacement tooth is then attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place. If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be right for you. If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. A bone graft is a way of adding new bone to your jaw in the area where the implant will be placed. For more information about dental implants click here.
At Fundy Dental Centre we can perform both the surgical placement of a dental implant and restore an individual tooth or denture on top of an implant. Implants are now the gold standard to replace a single tooth, and are also a great option to replace multiple missing teeth, or to stabilize partial and complete dentures.
Anxiety at a dental office is often a significant barrier to treatment. Dental fear is deeply seeded and some patients cannot get past their anxiety to receive the dental treatment they require without help. At Fundy Dental Centre we try to make our patients’ experience at the office as comfortable as possible, and offer a number of conscious sedation options to achieve this, including pills taken orally, nitrous oxide gas and intravenous (IV) moderate sedation.
Almost all sedation options in dentistry are considered conscious sedation. Conscious sedation refers to the process of relaxing a patient (depress their level of consciousness) so they do not care about the dental procedure in progress, but respond appropriately to verbal commands. A patient is not put to sleep, but sedated patients may fall asleep during the dental procedure. Also, many forms of conscious sedation have an amnesic component, so a person will likely not remember the procedure the next day.
For more information about sedation options and whether or not you are a candidate, please contact our office.
Teeth tend to break at the most inconvenient times. Sometimes a broken tooth is a true dental emergency, but often is less urgent. Non-emergent tooth fractures can be scheduled at your convenience with your regular dentist.
Due to the unpredictable schedule at our office, we cannot always guarantee same-day treatment for these issues,. At the very least, (after an exam and x-ray) we can smooth a sharp edge or patch a cusp until you receive definitive care at your own dentist’s office.
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of removing an infected, injured or dead nerve from your tooth. The space inside the hard layers of each tooth is called the root canal system. This system is filled with soft dental pulp made up of nerves and blood vessels that help your tooth grow and develop. When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected, a successful root canal treatment lets a person keep their tooth rather than having to pull it out. Keeping your tooth helps to prevent your other teeth from drifting out of line and causing jaw problems. Saving a natural tooth avoids having to replace it with an artificial tooth. Root canal therapy does have a bad reputation, but is a successful procedure, especially when the treated tooth has a crown placed afterwards to protect the tooth from breaking.
We will advocate that you keep your own teeth whenever possible. Many of our artificial tooth replacement options are very good, but there is no substitute for the real thing. If an infected tooth is restorable (can be fixed, which is not always possible), you should consider root canal treatment instead of extraction. In an emergency situation we can remove the infected nerve/pulp (start the root canal), and then you can consider rescheduling an appointment here or with your own dentist to complete the root canal, or decide to remove the tooth if this is more appropriate in your situation.
Consultation and Referrals
If you have dental questions or concerns that are not classified as a true dental emergency as we define it, we are still happy to provide you with our opinion and diagnosis. We do provide other services here at our clinic such as dentures, implants, etc.
A fee is charged when you require a radiograph and examination by the dentist – but this is necessary if treatment is to be pursued.
Patients that have a regular dentist but are interested in treatment at our office should consult with their own dentist first. We would prefer a referral letter from your own dentist with the specific treatment planned, and any radiographs already taken can be forwarded to our office. For more information click here.
It is worth having a discussion with one of our dentists if you are in need of other treatments or appliances.
TMJ pain management through conservative measures (biteplane therapy)
Appliances for sports (custom mouth guards), sleep apnea and snoring.