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. 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 Dental Care?
- Walk-Ins Welcome for Urgent Dental Issues
- Multiple Sedation Dentistry Options Available
- Award-Winning Dentist and 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:
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% 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.
Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can sometimes be unpreventable, but thankfully the majority of them are avoidable when you know the right steps to take every day. While there are certain habits that apply to everyone, you may have to be extra careful depending on your current habits or hobbies. By keeping the following tips in mind, you’ll dramatically lower your risk, save yourself a ton of money on oral healthcare costs, and avoid unwanted dental discomfort along the way.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
One of the most effective ways you can reduce dental emergencies is by staying on top of your routine checkups. When you visit once every six months, our team can catch the early signs of dental problems before they have a chance to turn into dental emergencies. Keep in mind that the most common cause of dental emergencies is untreated issues like tooth decay or periodontal problems. We can also perform a cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar that’s built up over time.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene At Home
Since you aren’t going to visit our office every day for a cleaning, you’re going to have to take care of your smile in between visits. To practice good oral hygiene, brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes, floss at least once a day, and rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash, ideally one that does not contain alcohol (which can lead to dry mouth). Without a dedicated at-home oral hygiene routine, you won’t be able to prevent decay from developing or protect your gum tissue from infection.
Stick to a Nutritious Diet
The foods you eat have a bigger impact on your oral health than you think. If all you eat are foods high in sugar and starch, it puts you at greater risk of cavities and gum disease. This is because oral bacteria consume these sugars, which then produce plaque acids that harm your oral structures. To lower your risk, eat a diet containing a balance of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and dairy products. Drink water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated, particularly your mouth. Water promotes saliva production, which effectively washes away loose food debris and harmful bacteria.
Wear a Mouthguard
Wear a mouthguard while playing sports or while sleeping if you are prone to bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching). One of the most common causes of dental emergencies outside of dental disease is physical injuries while playing sports. If you are very active, you will need to wear a mouthguard (ideally a custom one for the best protection, comfort, and longevity). Similarly, if you have a teeth grinding habit when you sleep, a nightguard is vital to avoiding chipped or cracked teeth.
Use Tools to Open Packages, Not Your Teeth
Avoid using your teeth as tools to open containers and/or packages. Instead, reach for the right tool to get the job done, such as a box cutter or pair of scissors. Furthermore, it’s never a good idea to chew on hard, crunchy foods, ice, or inanimate objects (i.e. pens, pencils). If you find yourself struggling to quit habits that damage your teeth, please let us know.
Dental Emergency FAQ’s
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 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.
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 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.