Emergency Dentistry in Parker, CO
Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, and they can happen at any time. Dealing with a dental emergency can leave you feeling worried or unsure about what to do next. At Front Range Smiles, we are always available to provide the reassurance and care you need to resolve your problem and get you back in the game.
As an emergency dentist in Parker, Dr. Amber Schmidt has the skill and experience to treat any urgent situation you face. Whether you woke up at 2 AM with a throbbing toothache or you broke a tooth having dinner with friends, we can help you.
- What Is a Dental Emergency?
- Steps to Take in a Dental Emergency
- Treating Your Dental Emergency
- Avoiding Dental Emergencies
- What If I'm Not Sure It's an Emergency?
- Paying for a Dental Emergency
What Is a Dental Emergency?
Any unexpected occurrence with your oral health may be considered a dental emergency. Dr. Schmidt commonly helps patients with urgent situations, including:
- Tooth pain
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Lost crowns or fillings
- Jaw pain or swelling
- An infected or abscessed tooth
- Swollen or bleeding gums
If you are experiencing any of the above problems or have a concern about something that's not listed here, please call our Parker dental office now at (720) 851-5020, so we can help you.
Steps to Take in a Dental Emergency
Of the above emergencies, the most critical to address are tooth pain, jaw swelling, and infected or abscessed teeth, and dental trauma. All are signs that something serious is happening with your oral health, and you need to see your emergency dentist as soon as possible. That does not mean other emergencies do not need treatment, however, all dental emergencies should be addressed promptly.
For your convenience, we’ve listed five common dental emergencies and steps to take in those situations below.
1. Infected Teeth
In the case of an infected or abscessed tooth, Dr. Schmidt would most likely recommend a root canal. In advanced cases, a root canal may not be enough to save the tooth, and we would recommend extraction.
Dr. Schimdt will discuss treatment options with you before embarking on any treatment plan. If extraction is necessary, Dr. Schimdt will discuss tooth replacement options with you as well.
2. Dental Trauma
Dental trauma, such as broken or knocked-out teeth, is a common type of emergency that our active Parker patients face. If your tooth has been knocked out of its socket, there’s a two-hour window that we have to re-implant the tooth successfully. Try to reinsert it in the socket, and if that’s not possible, hold it in your cheek pocket or under your tongue until you can make it safely to our office.
It is important to preserve the tooth so we have the best chance of re-implanting it.
3. Broken Teeth
Broken teeth may or may not be an urgent emergency, and it depends on the location of the tooth and the extent of the damage. Gather up the broken pieces of the tooth and bring them with you to your emergency dental appointment. Dr. Schmidt may be able to place a composite filling to restore your smile's aesthetics, or if the damage is more extensive, she may recommend a dental crown.
4. Lost Tooth Fillings or Crowns
Lost tooth fillings and crowns are not urgent emergencies unless you are in pain, although they do require prompt attention. We’ll get you on our schedule for the next available appointment so that Dr. Schmidt can evaluate the situation and recommend the appropriate treatment.
5. Severe Toothache
A severe toothache can be caused by an advanced cavity, a crack in your tooth, or an infection, among other reasons. If you have severe pain in your tooth, call our office to schedule an appointment. Severe pain may necessitate an emergency dental appointment. Depending on your situation, we may recommend over-the-counter pain medication, like Tylenol, to control your pain until you reach our office for treatment. If you have an extensive cavity, Dr. Schmidt needs to remove the decay and fill the tooth to relieve the pain.
Treating Your Dental Emergency
When you visit our dental office with a dental emergency, our first goal is to manage your pain and make you comfortable. Next, we will evaluate your dental situation and plan your treatment. Dr. Schimdt will discuss treatment options with you, and together you will choose the best treatment option for your situation.
Our empathetic team will do everything possible to limit pain and discomfort and create a calming environment when treating you. We know that dental emergencies can make some people extremely anxious; if that is the case for you, we may offer sedation dentistry to make the experience more comfortable.
Nitrous oxide is a mild type of sedation that can be used to help patients ease anxiety during a dental exam or procedure, and it may be a good option for you if emergency treatment is necessary.
Avoiding Dental Emergencies
To help avoid dental emergencies in the first place, adhere to a good oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist regularly for exams and dental cleanings.
Emergencies like severe toothaches often develop from small cavities or other problems that are left untreated. A good oral hygiene routine can keep cavities from developing, and even if a cavity develops in your tooth, we can catch it early with regular dental exams.
Early intervention in dental problems helps to prevent dental emergencies down the line, saving you pain, time, and money in the long run.
Additionally, many knocked-out teeth are the results of accidents. If you participate in outdoor sports or other physical activities, wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and gums. With proper protection, you may prevent a dental emergency.
What If I’m Not Sure it’s an Emergency?
If you are experiencing a dental issue, but you’re not sure if it’s a dental emergency, call our dental office for assistance. It’s always best to be on the safe side when it comes to your oral health, and we will be happy to evaluate your situation over the phone, so we can offer advice.
The dental situations we mentioned above do not encompass all dental emergencies, so even if we have not discussed your particular problem, it could still be an emergency.
We can also offer advice over the phone that may help you relieve pain, swelling, or bleeding until you reach our office.
Paying for a Dental Emergency
When it comes to your dental emergencies, we do not want you to delay care due to worries about payment. At Front Range Smiles, we strive to provide affordable dental care to everyone.
To help you, we accept a wide range of dental insurance plans, and our knowledgeable team is on hand to assist you with your dental insurance and benefits. We know how confusing insurance benefits can be, but our team is experienced in submitting insurance claims, and we will answer any questions you have.
For patients without dental insurance, we accept CareCredit financing, cash payments, and personal checks. We also accept major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.
If you have concerns about paying for your dental emergencies, please direct them to our office. We will be happy to walk you through your best options.
Don’t Put Off Calling – We Can Help! Call our Parker Dentist Office Today
Dr. Schmidt is an experienced emergency dentist who enjoys helping patients, and in our dental office, we provide quality, understanding care for all emergency situations.
If you live in Parker, Aurora, or surrounding communities and have any type of dental emergency on your hands, call Front Range Smiles to schedule an emergency dental appointment. A helpful member of our team will be happy to assist you and get you on our schedule as soon as possible. Dr. Schmidt will be eager to see and help you remedy your problem.
We are here to help our patients with their emergency dental needs, and we can help you.