Emergency Dentist – Ken Caryl, CO
Offering Immediate Care to Save Your Smile
You may not be able to plan for emergency dental care or prevent emergencies altogether, but when they happen, Blue Sage Dental is here to help. Whether it's 8 a.m. on Monday or midnight on Saturday, Ken Caryl emergency dentist, Susan Kutis is passionate about caring for patients whenever they need her most. If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency after hours, we invite you to contact us at (720) 924-4849. Follow the instructions to contact Dr. Kutis or another of our team members after hours. We do our utmost to provide same-day treatment for emergency cases, and regardless of whether we can see patients right away, we walk them through first aid and pain management steps to protect their smiles.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Knowing when a situation is an actual emergency can be tricky. Fortunately, our team members are here to answer your questions and discuss whether you should come in immediately or follow some simple steps at home to remedy the problem. While most injuries can be easily treated with items found within the home, it is often necessary to have a dental professional examine the area of concern just to be safe.
Some of the most common dental emergencies include:
A toothache can occur for a variety of reasons. Whether from sinus pressure, an object stuck between two teeth or a serious infection, it’s important that you know how to address the problem. If you have a piece of food or something lodged between your teeth, simply take a strand of dental wax and gently move it back and forth to dislodge the object. If you are unable to remove it or discovered there is nothing to be removed, it may be that the pain is being caused by a more serious infection. This will require Dr. Kutis to examine the tooth in question and determine if you need a root canal, tooth extraction or other more complex treatment.
If you accidentally chip or break a tooth, make sure to first rinse out your mouth. This will remove any debris and keep your mouth clean. Next, retrieve the broken pieces, if possible, and rinse them off. Make sure to bring them to the appointment with you so that Dr. Kutis can determine if the pieces can be reattached. If not, it will be necessary to discuss other ways to protect and strengthen the tooth.
When faced with a knocked-out tooth, you will need to act quickly. After alerting us to the situation, retrieve the tooth by the crown and rinse it off. If possible, try to reinsert it into the vacated socket. If you cannot, place it in a container of milk or between your cheek and gums to keep it moist. You will need to get to our office within an hour for our team to try and save the tooth. If it is too late, we will determine how best to replace the tooth and give you back your complete smile.
Surprisingly, a lost dental crown or filling is not an uncommon occurrence, which is why it shouldn’t hurt to keep dental cement or adhesive on-hand. This can be purchased at your local drug store and will enable you to temporarily reinsert the crown or filling until you can get in and have a member of our team bond it into place.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Prevention is key for preventing all types of problems, especially those that require a visit to the emergency dentist. At Blue Sage Dental, we want to help you feel more confident about taking care of your situation at home until you can come to see us, but we also want to provide you with tips on how to prevent these types of dental emergencies, if at all possible. Some helpful tips to remember are:
- To practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes, flossing at least once, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash.
- To avoid using your teeth as tools to open containers and/or packages.
- To avoid chewing on hard, crunchy foods, ice, or inanimate objects (i.e. pens, pencils).
- To wear a mouthguard while playing sports or while sleeping if you are prone to bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching).
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of your dental emergency depends on the recommendation provided by Dr. Kutis. While certain restorative services cost less than others, it is up to your dental insurance company to determine how much they will cover for different treatments. Most policies will cover between 70-80% for minor procedures (i.e. dental crowns, fillings) and between 50-70% for major procedures (i.e. root canals, tooth extractions).
It will be necessary for you to contact a dental insurance representative who can explain how much your out of pocket expenses will be. If you need assistance, our team will be happy to help.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
We are always ready to help our emergency dental patients — which means we are always ready to answer your questions about dental emergencies. Below, we have listed some of the most common questions we receive. If you do not find the information you were hoping for, simply give us a call so we can personally talk to you.
How Much Does It Cost to Treat a Dental Emergency?
The cost of treating your dental emergency will depend on the extent of the damage to your oral health and the treatment we use to help you. We will be upfront with you about the projected price of your procedure and help you explore resources that may assist you in affording it, such as insurance and financing.
How Long Can I Wait Before I See a Dentist?
The sooner you receive treatment from an emergency dentist in Ken Caryl, the better. Delaying your dental visit will only allow the problem to worsen. For example, if an infection in a tooth remains untreated, it can spread into the surrounding tissues and even cause systemic illness. Also, keep in mind that it may be impossible to splint an avulsed tooth back into place if more than an hour or two passes after it gets knocked out.
When you call us to tell us about your emergency, describe the situation in as much detail as you can. If we believe it is safe for you to wait a day or two before you receive treatment, we will let you know.
What Can I Do to Manage the Pain?
Over the counter pain relievers can do much to take the edge off of your discomfort. Just be sure that you do not place the medicine directly on your gums; doing so might cause chemical burns. Avoid chewing with the affected tooth to the extent possible. Applying clove oil to the gums may also help. Ice can manage any swelling. Wrap the ice in a light towel and keep it against your skin for just 15 – 20 minutes at a time.
Is There Any Way to Prevent Dental Emergencies?
Some dental emergencies are unavoidable. In most cases, however, a few simple precautions can greatly reduce your risk of facing a dental emergency. For example, you should always wear a mouthguard when you play sports. You should also stick to an excellent oral hygiene routine that includes twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and regular preventive visits to your dentist in Ken Caryl.
How Can I Prepare for a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency can strike anyone at any time. You can prepare to cope with such a situation by saving our practice’s number in your phone and by making sure that you have a first-aid kit handy. The kit should include pain reliever, gauze, and a small container that you can use to store a tooth or any dental restorations that might get knocked out of your mouth (always be sure to store a knocked-out tooth in milk or water).
Contact Blue Sage Dental Immediately
If you experience these or any other dental emergencies, contact your emergency dentist near Littleton and Ken Caryl, Dr. Susan Kutis, and her team right away to schedule an appointment. If you experience possibly life-threatening emergencies such as a potentially broken jaw, soft tissue lacerations that bleed heavily or for extended periods of time, or severe facial trauma, please contact emergency services or proceed to the closest emergency room. Our team will restore your smile once we are assured your overall health and wellbeing are intact.
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