Never Ignore Tooth Pain. See an Emergency Dentist!
We know that dental emergencies don’t always happen on the clock. If you’re in pain, we offer same-day appointments so that you can be seen as soon as possible and start feeling like yourself again. We’ll help you get pain-free in a matter of hours.
Call us now at 720-608-5557.
What Are Dental Emergencies?
We treat a variety of dental emergencies at Kip Dental and Orthodontics. Some examples of dental emergencies include:
An accident or injury resulting in lost or damaged teeth
Teeth can easily be knocked out or damaged from sports and accidents.
A lost crown or filling
Crowns and fillings can become loose and fall out over time.
Severe toothache preventing you from eating or sleeping
Any tooth pain that prevents you from completing normal activities should be looked at right away.
Fractured, cracked, or chipped teeth
Fractured and cracked teeth can cause surrounding teeth to also suffer, so it’s important for your dentist to complete a thorough dental exam.
Gum and pulpal abscesses are infections that cause pain and inflammation. These need to be treated right away.
Pain when biting
Broken teeth and infections both cause pain when biting.
Bacteria-ridden gums surrounding wisdom teeth can become infected if teeth are partially impacted.
Swelling or bleeding gums
Serious infections or disease can lead to gum bleeding or swelling.
What to Do if You Have a Dental Emergency
Adults should safely put the tooth back into its original spot, taking care not to touch the tooth’s root (pointy end). If done within an hour, the tooth should be able to reattach to the gum. If you have the tooth or not, you should still call your dentist.
Lost filling or crown
If a filling or crown pops out, simply put a dab of petroleum jelly on the piece and place it back where it was. Remember, this is only a temporary fix so you should make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can.
Toothaches are caused by cavities, tooth grinding, gum disease, and decay. To treat the pain and inflammation, take anti-inflammatory medicine like Advil until you can see your dentist who might recommend an endodontist.
Chipped, cracked, or broken tooth
If you feel no pain, you don’t have to see your dentist right away. Any sensitivity should go away within a few hours or days. Let your dentist know what happened so he or she can assess the situation.
If you have pain and sensitivity from an abscess, you need to call your dentist. An examination and x-ray will show where the abscess is located, either the gum or tooth. Don’t pop the abscess, but continue to floss and brush. The sooner this is taken care of, the more likely you’ll have a full recovery.
Pain when biting can have many causes including abscesses, chipped teeth, and muscle soreness. Don’t chew on the painful area and make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible so you can get to the bottom of what’s causing the pain.
If you have swelling around one tooth, make sure no food particles are stuck in the gum flap and rinse with warm salt water. If there’s swelling on your whole cheek or jaw, make an appointment with your dentist. You’ll likely receive antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory as treatment.
Bleeding and swelling
Blood on your toothbrush or floss could indicate gingivitis or gum disease. This is a relatively simple fix that requires improving your dental hygiene habits. However, blood in your saliva or mouth could point to cancer or advanced gum disease. Bleeding after a procedure that doesn’t stop needs to be reported to your doctor as well. In the meantime, keep your head elevated. Your dentist should also be notified of any swelling that doesn’t go away as this could lead to complications. Stay hydrated with your head elevated.
In Pain Now?
Call our office at 720-608-5557 to speak with our receptionists and we’ll do our best to get you in and out of the office as soon as possible. Ignoring a dental emergency could leave you with more pain and higher bills the longer you wait, so relieve the pain now!