Emergency Dentistry – Littleton, 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. 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 one 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.
Why Choose Blue Sage Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Walk-Ins Welcome for Urgent Dental Issues
- Multiple Sedation Dentistry Options Available
- Award-Winning Team Dedicated to Your Comfort
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
- Call our office to set up an appointment right away: The sooner you call our office, the more likely we’ll be able to get you seen for emergency care. When you contact us, a team member can answer questions, help you schedule, and provide first aid tips.
- Get an emergency exam from Dr. Kutis: After you get to our office, a team member will bring you to one of our operatories and Dr. Kutis will perform a detailed exam. We’ll also determine if digital X-rays are necessary to better understand your emergency. Getting you out of any major discomfort when you arrive is one of our highest priorities.
- Reviewing your case and recommending treatment: Once Dr. Kutis goes over her findings, she can recommend a treatment plan and break down the estimated costs and timeline associated with it. We’ll make sure you are fully educated on your treatment costs so you can make an informed decision on how to move forward.
- Start planning your emergency care: Whether you need a dental crown, filling, extraction, or another dental service, we’ll ensure you are taken care of right away. If additional follow-ups are needed, our front desk will get you scheduled for them as well.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
Knowing when a situation is an actual emergency can be tricky. 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 (and at-home tips to manage them) include:
Hot & Cold
Gums, Lip or
Jaw Pain or
Understanding the Cost of 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% of minor procedures (i.e., dental crowns, fillings) and between 50-70% of 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.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Prevention is key for avoiding 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:
- Practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes, flossing at least once, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash.
- Avoid using your teeth as tools to open containers and/or packages.
- Avoid chewing on hard, crunchy foods, ice, or inanimate objects (i.e., pens, pencils).
- Wear a mouthguard while playing sports or while sleeping if you are prone to bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching).
Dental Emergency FAQs
We are always ready to help our emergency dental patients — which means we are 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 Littleton, 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 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.
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 on your phone and by making sure that you have a first aid kit handy. The kit should include pain relievers, 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).
What can I do to manage 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 furthest 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 10 minutes at a time.