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Dental Emergencies – Denver, CO

Save Your Smile

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Dental Emergency FAQs

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Do you have more questions about dental emergencies in Denver? At Altitude Oral Maxillofacial Implant Center, we enjoy sharing our knowledge with patients. That is why our expert team has collected some of the most common questions about emergency dentistry and answered them below. We hope this FAQ section helps alleviate any concerns you may have and arms you with the information you need to take action in an emergency situation.

If your curiosity is still not satisfied after reading the information below, do not hesitate to give us a call or drop by one of our five convenient locations!

Should I Go to the Emergency Room?

In most cases, seeking care from an emergency dentist or oral surgeon in Denver is the best course of action in a dental emergency. While going to the local emergency room is appropriate if you have broken your arm or suffered another type of bodily injury, dental emergencies require specialized knowledge and the right set of tools. For this reason, we recommend calling a dental professional anytime you experience sudden dental trauma or have a persistent toothache. If you do require medical attention, an experienced dentist or oral surgeon will let you know where to turn as soon as he or she receives the details of your situation.  

What if My Child Knocks Out a Baby Tooth?

Even though baby teeth will eventually fall out on their own, a dislodged tooth at any age is considered a dental emergency. If your young son or daughter trips and falls and as a result knocks out their tooth, you should keep the tooth moist and call our office immediately. Once at our office, Dr. Fangman or Dr. Ivey will carefully examine your child’s mouth to determine if the tooth can and should be re-implanted. If re-implantation is not possible, your child’s oral surgeon may recommend placing a spacer in the dental gap to prevent nearby teeth from shifting before their permanent tooth grows in.

Which Over-the-Counter Pain Medication Should I Take?

Various types of over-the-counter pain medications can provide some much-needed temporary relief during dental emergencies in Denver. However, if you have a nasty cut on your lip, tongue or the inside of your cheeks, painkillers containing acetaminophen are recommended over other options.

This is because aspirin and ibuprofen, two other common painkillers, act as blood thinners. Taking pain medication that thins the blood when you have a tissue laceration may cause you to bleed for a longer period of time.

It is important to note that taking over-the-counter painkillers is not a substitute for seeking urgent dental care from a professional.

What Should I Put in a Dental Emergency First Aid Kit?

A small first aid kit specifically designed to respond to dental and facial injuries can help you take quick action in case of a dental emergency. This type of medical kit can be kept in the car, a desk drawer at work, or even in your purse for when you are on the go. No dental emergency first aid kit would be complete without the following items:

  • Small plastic container with a secure lid
  • Travel-size bottle of over-the-counter pain medication
  • Gauze and handkerchief
  • Phone number for a dentist or oral surgeon in Denver