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​Dental Emergencies

All dentists are legally and professionally obligated to respond in the event of a dental emergency.

A dental emergency exists if professional judgement determines that a person needs immediate attention to deal with uncontrolled bleeding, uncontrolled swelling, traumatic injury or uncontrolled severe pain. Dentists have an obligation to consult with and provide emergency dental care to members of the public, or make a reasonable attempt to provide alternative arrangements in their absence.

The following resource packages, published by the College and the BC Dental Association, provide resources for dentists and patients should they have a dental emergency.