Help! Dental Emergencies
If you have a dental emergency requiring immediate attention, PLEASE call our office so we may be prepared the best we can for your visit (303-660-5373). We are not a walk-in clinic and there may be a short wait.
If it is a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
Begin by flossing the area to dislodge anything that may be stuck between the teeth. If you see swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of the face. DO NOT place aspirin on the gums as this can cause a burn to the gum tissue. You can administer over-the-counter pain relief medication (Ibuprofen or Tylenol) according to package direction. If discomfort and/or swelling persist, call the office.
Knocked out tooth
Call our office immediately. We will need to take an x-ray of the area.
- Baby Tooth - Baby teeth should not be re-implanted. The Tooth Fairy may be coming for that tooth a little earlier than expected.
- Adult Tooth - Find the tooth and handle it by the crown, not the root, then gently rinse with water. Place the tooth back in the socket as soon as possible. Have your child stabilize the tooth using gauze or a washcloth on your way to the dentist. If placing the tooth back in the socket is not possible, place it in some milk and get to the dentist immediately!
Chipped or Fractured Tooth
Call our office immediately and we will help determine if the tooth requires urgent treatment. If the teeth are more sensitive than usual, administer over-the-counter pain relief medication according to package direction.
Cut Lip or Cheek
Apply firm pressure with a soft cloth to the cut. If bleeding is not controlled within 15 minutes, contact our office and/or go to the nearest emergency room. Applying ice to injured areas will also help control swelling.
Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications can provide temporary relief until the sore heals. These sores can sometimes be signs of more serious illnesses, let us know if sores worsen and/or persist.