Dental Emergencies – Denver, CO
Save Your Smile
Oral injuries can happen at any time, and acting quickly to treat them can make all the difference. Dr. Fangman and Dr. Ivey are here when you most need an expert’s care. As skilled oral surgeons, they’re able to address a wide variety of defects, injuries, and diseases located around the jaw, face, neck, and head. Get in touch with us as soon as you realize you’re in the middle of an urgent situation; we’ll make every effort to see you as soon as possible in order to stop your pain and preserve your overall oral health.
How to Handle Dental Emergencies
Depending on the nature of your dental injury or infection, you’ll either need to get in touch with an oral surgeon or your general dentist as soon as you can. Describe your symptoms (or have a family member describe for you) over the phone; this will help us narrow down what kind of issue you’re dealing with as well as what the appropriate treatment may be. Here are a few examples of emergencies that we can help you with.
Damaged or Misaligned Jaw
Corrective jaw surgery is necessary if your jaw has been injured to the point where it can no longer function properly. You should reach out to us if you notice that you have trouble moving your mouth to speak clearly or chew easily. A misaligned jaw can also sometimes make it difficult to breathe.
Missing Tooth or Teeth
We can try and replant a tooth that was lost, but the window of opportunity to do so is limited. Make an appointment immediately. To preserve the tooth, put it back in its socket so that it can remain moist; putting it in a glass of milk is also a viable option. When handling the tooth itself, only touch the crown and avoid damaging the root.
Soft Tissue Facial Trauma
While this type of injury isn’t usually life-threatening, it’s important that we work quickly to restore the function of your facial muscles. Depending on the injury, you might receive a tissue graft (with the material being taken either from your own body or a donor). Sutures are useful for helping the injuries heal faster without the risk of scarring.
How to Avoid Dental Emergencies
Not all dental emergencies can be prevented, but there are plenty of steps you can take to protect your jaw. Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports; make sure it’s a customized oral appliance that will provide your teeth and jaw with the best protection possible in the event of an injury. Do not use your teeth to bite down on anything that is particularly hard, such as a popcorn kernel or a pen tip.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of treating your emergency naturally depends on what the issue is and what kind of treatment is required. Our team will work with you to make sure that you get the service you need to restore your oral health at a reasonable cost; we’re ready to file insurance claims on your behalf when necessary.