Emergency Dental Care

Get Rid of Pain Quickly With Our Emergency Dentist

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If your teeth or mouth are in pain, it can be difficult to focus on anything else. You don’t want to have to wait weeks or days to see a dentist. In most cases, powering though the pain can result in bigger problems down the line.

Colorado Dental Group recognizes the importance of treating your dental pain, which is why we offer same-day, emergency appointments. Don’t ignore the problem when you have the option to be pain-free in just a few hours!

Call our office at 719-355-2700 to speak to someone immediately. 

Types of Dental Emergencies

If you’re suffering from any of the following, you should make an appointment as soon as possible:

Gum Abscess
If not treated, these pockets of puss can cause pain and infection in the gums.

Pulpal Abscess
The inner tooth, or pulp, gets infected which leads to pain and inflammation if not treated.

Fractured, Cracked, or Chipped Tooth
An accident or trauma of one tooth can cause surrounding teeth to also suffer. A problem like this can only be found by a dental exam if not outwardly obvious.

Painful Bite
If it hurts when biting down, you might have an infection or a broken tooth.

Pericoronitis
When gums surrounding wisdom teeth become swollen and infected.

Toothache
Any pain that prevents you from sleeping and eating is serious and should be taken care of as soon as possible.

Lost Filling or Crown
Sometimes crowns and fillings get loose and fall out.

Bleeding or Swelling Gums
If your gums are swollen and bleeding, there could be serious infection or disease to blame.

Lost Tooth
Teeth can be knocked out from injuries, accidents, and sports.

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Abscess in tooth or gum
If you have sensitivity or pain, make an appointment with your dentist right away. An x-ray and examination will let the doctor know if the abscess is in the gum or tooth. The sooner you get this taken care of, the better your chances for a full recovery. Do not pop the abscess, but you can continue flossing and brushing.

Toothache
To treat the pain and inflammation, take an anti-inflammatory like Advil until you can see your dentist. This pain could be from a cavity, tooth decay, gum disease, or grinding.

Cracked, Broken, Chipped Tooth
When you chip or crack a tooth and experience no pain, you can hold off on seeing your dentist. Any sensitivity should go away in a few hours or days if the piece was big enough. Still call your dentist and let them know what happened. He or she can then assess what the next course of action should be.

Knocked Out Tooth
When a tooth gets knocked out, be sure to touch only by the crown, not the root (pointy end). Adults can place the tooth directly back in their mouth within the hour to salvage the tooth and root. Whether you have the tooth or not, call your dentist and make an appointment. If you can’t get in quickly enough, the emergency room is another safe option.

Pericoronitis
If the swelling surrounds one tooth, make sure nothing is stuck in the gum and rinse with warm salt water. If you have swelling in your whole jaw or cheek, make an appointment with your dentist right away. He or she will prescribe antibiotics and pain relievers to treat the infection.

Painful bite
Pain when biting can have many causes like cracked teeth, muscle soreness, and abscesses. Stop chewing on the affected area and make an appointment with your dentist within a week so you can find out the root cause of the pain.

Lost Filling or Crown
If you lose your filling or crown, simply put a dab of petroleum jelly on the inside of the piece and put it back where it was. This is a temporary fix until you see your dentist. Make an appointment as soon as you can.

Accident
Serious mouth injuries and traumas need to be treated in the emergency room immediately. Have someone call your dentist and maybe they can meet you, especially if you have a fractured jaw, which can be easily missed.

Swelling
Infections can cause facial swelling that usually doesn’t go away on its own. It’s important to see your dentist as soon as you can to avoid serious complications. Drink plenty of fluids and do not lie flat until your appointment.

Bleeding
Blood on floss or your toothbrush might be a sign of gum disease or gingivitis. Luckily, your dentist will put together a dental plan for you to get your gums back on track. However, blood in your saliva or mouth is more serious and could indicate cancer or advanced gum disease. Continuous bleeding after a procedure is also a concern and should be reported to your doctor right away. Be sure to keep your head elevated until you see your dentist or oral surgeon.

Why Choose Colorado Dental Group?

Because we have a versatile staff, our team of dentists and orthodontists can help you solve your dental emergency in one visit! There’s no need to go to several specialist offices when you can just go to an emergency dentist. Please call us immediately at 719-355-2700 if you need to schedule an emergency appointment.