Emergency Dental in Denver
At Rocky Mountain Dental Partners (RMDP) we understand dental emergencies rarely happen at opportune times. We do our very best to see you as soon as we can. If you need to see a dentist immediately, call one of our offices. If it's after normal business hours, our on-call staff member will help you. If you are unable to reach us and you feel it is a life-threatening emergency call 911.
After you have called us, there are a few things things you can do to help until you can get to our office:
For a Toothache:
Most of the time taking an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen or Aleve will help alleviate dental pain better than Tylenol or aspirin as long as you are not allergic or taking other medications that may interact. Ibuprofen and Alleve will help dull the pain, but do not alleviate infections. Most toothaches are a result of a dental infection and will need to be diagnosed by a dentist before antibiotics can be prescribed.
Another trick for dental pain is to alternate taking Ibuprofen and Tylenol every 3 hours. Some studies show this regimen is significantly stronger than each medication alone, and almost as strong as Vicodin for pain relief.
Never put heat on a swollen area. Heat can cause the swelling to get worse. If the swelling causes breathing difficulty or your eye to swell, go to the hospital. Placing ice on the swollen area can help reduce the swelling.
For A Crown That Has Come Off:
Often a crown, or temporary crown, can fall off. If your crown comes off, then you can use orthodontic wax, denture adhesive, or temporary crown cement to place in the crown and then place the crown back on the tooth. All of these items can be purchased at most local pharmacies. Vaseline has also been known to help hold on a crown for 1-2 days.
Tip: Clean the crown prior to putting the cement inside. Also practice placing the crown on without the cement first.
For a knocked-out tooth:
If a permanent tooth is accidentally knocked out, handle the tooth by the crown and not the root. Rinse any dirt or debris from the tooth with cold water but do not scrub. Try to re-implant the tooth immediately. If it is not possible, place the tooth in your mouth and keep it there until you can get to our office. Chances of restoration are best when the tooth is replaced or fixed within the first couple of hours.
For a broken front tooth - call us as soon as possible.
Hopefully you never have a dental emergency, but if you are reading this then most likely you already have one. The doctors at RMDP are here to help. Call one of our offices and we will get you in as soon as possible.