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Mississauga dentist discusses importance of proactive, swift treatment in emergency situations

Dentistry on 10 takes great pride in the lifelong bonds formed with patients and generations of families. These types of relationships couldn’t be formed without taking into account the seemingly little features that add up to a comfortable experience.

No one wants to see the dentist, especially when they’re embarrassed about the perceived appearance of their teeth or when a condition is causing pain. Dr. Rina Kotecha and her team appreciate where this reluctance is coming from, and have in turn designed a practice with optimal patient comfort in mind, down to a waiting area that feels less like a lobby and more like a living room.

This inviting atmosphere persists as you move into treatment areas, thanks to Dr. Kotecha’s gentle approach to dentistry that includes calming medications to ease fears and relieve discomfort, and unique add-on services such as reflexology massage techniques.

When you or a family member have a pleasant dentist visit worthy of glowing reviews, the likelihood of scheduling and keeping follow-up appointments at the Mississauga office is great. These appointments are critical to help avoid the pain and complications that may result in frantic after-hour calls. Dr. Kotecha and her team also appreciate that Murphy’s Law applies when it comes to dental care. You can’t always prevent emergencies, even with the best of intentions. Falls can happen at home and knock out a tooth, even though you have a mouthguard customized to wear at the rink. The night before your appointment with Dr. Kotecha, a weak tooth may crack.

Be sure to keep Dentistry on 10’s number (905) 455-9262 in a prominent place (such as your smartphone). Phone day or night to speak with on-call staff. Some oral conditions can be true medical emergencies and warrant a call to 911.

Since your oral and overall health is so linked, there are a number of dental symptoms you should never ignore. These symptoms can be indicative of both more serious dental problems and serious medical conditions. Don’t delay to seek help if you experience:

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  • Tender lymph nodes
  • Facial swelling
  • A bad taste or foul smell
  • Persistent, severe toothache

Many of the above symptoms are associated with a tooth abscess, a bacterial infection that presents itself as a pus-filled pocket. If the infection goes untreated, it can spread to other areas of the face, neck, and throughout the body. Jaw pain can even be an overlooked symptom of a heart attack. When in doubt about the nature of your condition, go with your gut and seek treatment. There is also no reason to continue to tolerate pain when there are ways to get back to your life and to feeling better in no time.

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Meet Dr. Rina Kotecha

Dr. Rina Kotecha is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She possesses 19 years of expertise in the dentistry field specializing in general dentistry. She has further qualifications from the MGE Executive Training Program and Master Implant Training Program while holding certification in Soft Tissue Management Program by DenMat. She completed the Rondeau Seminars in Level I Orthodontics and she is an active member of the Ontario Dental Association and Ontario Dental Implant Network.