Emergency Dentistry – Colorado Springs, CO
Quality Dental Care When You Need It Most
Many people take their dental health for granted — until they find that their mouth is in sudden, excruciating pain. A dental emergency can happen to anyone at any time, which is why our team is always ready to leap into action to help patients who are in urgent need of high-quality and compassionate care. If you ever find yourself facing one of these frightening situations, contact us right away, and we’ll make room in our schedule to see you as soon as possible.
Common Dental Emergencies
Some of the most common dental emergencies include:
- An avulsed (knocked-out) tooth: A hard impact may cause a tooth to come complete out of its socket.
- A partially dislodged tooth: A tooth may become extremely loose after a person suffers a blow to the mouth.
- A lost filling or crown: A restoration can fall out due to its age, trauma, or other factors.
- A toothache: There are a number of possible reasons behind a toothache. Some toothaches are extremely serious and require immediate attention.
- A broken tooth: Hard foods, accidents, or sports mishaps can easily break a tooth and make it vulnerable to infection and further damage.
- Jaw and/or soft tissue injuries: Lacerations, broken orofacial bones, and similar injuries often pose a serious threat to a person’s dental health.
If you are ever unsure whether your situation constitutes a dental emergency, it is best not to ignore the problem. Call your emergency dentist in Colorado Springs, describe your circumstances, and we’ll give you advice on what to do next. In many cases, our office will be able to get you in for a same-day appointment.
What Do I Do if I Have a Dental Emergency?
In addition to making room in our schedule to see you, we can also give you specific guidance on how to care for your mouth until you receive treatment. Depending on your situation, we might advise that you:
- Take mild painkillers. These can mitigate your discomfort. Just be sure not to apply painkillers directly to your gums because they may cause chemical burns.
- Replace your lost filling or crown. You may be able to use a temporary adhesive to reapply your lost restoration to your tooth.
- Apply ice. This can help keep swelling down.
- Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth that hurts. This precaution may prevent further damage to your tooth.
- Take steps to save your knocked-out tooth. If you have an avulsed tooth, touch it only by the top part and gently rinse off any debris. Keep it moist in your mouth or in a glass of milk until you get to our office. The sooner you receive professional treatment, the more likely it is that the tooth can be reattached.
- Visit the emergency room. In some cases, such as if you have a jaw injury, it would be best to visit the local ER before you visit your dentist in Colorado Springs.