Our dental practice is happy to see not only our current patients but also new patients to our practice for dental emergencies. We all know emergencies happen when you least expect them. When a dental emergency occurs the main thing is to stay calm, focus on stopping the bleeding and protecting the injured tooth or teeth.
Our dental practice offers urgent care dental care during regular business hours, as well as after hours and weekends. We offer a full range of general and emergency dental services so that you can get the relief you need, without having to wait. When you have a dental emergency — whether it’s caused by a sudden accident or chronic disease — your teeth and/or the tissues of the mouth that surround them need to receive proper care right away. Dr. Christopher Henes and his staff have been trained to help you with any dental emergency you might encounter.
When you experience dental emergencies you should avoid the use of aspirin or ibuprofen for a dental emergency due to the fact these medication prevent normal clotting of your blood. This can lead to excessive bleeding. To alleviate pain, take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label.
Injuries to your teeth and gums can result in infection or other complications if not treated in a timely manner. If your emergency is life-threatening, dial 911 for Emergency Medical Services or go immediately to a hospital emergency room.
The most common causes for severe dental pain could be large cavities extending to the pulp of the tooth, debris lodged under the gum line, a lost filling or crown, a cracked or broken tooth, or an infection. Only a thorough examination by Dr. Christopher Henes and his team can determine the underlying cause of severe pain.
Until you see your Dr. Christopher Henes and his team at Iliff Family Dental, apply ice to the painful area for 10-20 minutes of every hour. To alleviate pain, take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label.
If you think you broke your jaw the first thing to do is not to move your jaw. Secure your jaw in place with a handkerchief, necktie, or towel tied around the jaw and over the top of the head. Use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
Go to the emergency room immediately.
A loose tooth or teeth can happen for multiple reasons. Loose teeth are present in children when their adult teeth are about ready to come in. Loose teeth can be present due to trauma from sporting events or accidents that happen around the house. If you have a loose tooth or teeth don’t worry, Dr. Christopher Henes and his trained team will take care of you to figure out the exact cause.
Teeth, like bones can break from time to time, especially after trauma to your mouth region. In some cases It may be possible to reattach the pieces to your tooth – only your Dentist can tell you for sure. If you know that you fractured or broke one of your teeth, it is important that you see your dentist immediately. Even a small chip can lead into something more serious. Take the following steps and see your dentist right away. Remember to take the pieces with you.
Call your dentist right away. If the child’s baby tooth is completely knocked out, chances are it cannot be re-implanted. If this happens, the missing tooth will be replaced naturally when the child’s permanent (adult) tooth grows in. Even if the baby tooth looks like everything came out with it is still a great idea to see your dentist for a radiograph to make sure nothing was left behind and something that could cause an infection.
The reason for toothaches can vary from; a cracked tooth, a cavity, or a gum issue. To begin it is always a great idea to clean your mouth out by rinsing thoroughly with warm water. After your mouth is clean, gently floss around the tooth to remove any food particles that may be trapped between your teeth or just under your gum line. If your tooth continues to hurt, it is best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Henes and his trained team at Iliff Family Dental.
From time to time it is possible that not only do your teeth hurt but your gums and the surrounding soft tissues can hurt. Some of pain that you can experience is from accidentally biting your tongue or cheek. Also, sometimes certain foods like chips or other hard sharp food can cause trauma and damage to the soft tissues in the oral cavity.
If you notice a bump on your gums, that is the first sign that you have an infection and the beginning of an abscess. If you suspect this, see Dr. Christopher Henes right away because gum pain or swelling can be the symptoms of an abscess (infection) that forms in gum tissue or in a tooth’s root and the area that surrounds it. There are many reasons why gums can swell, become painful, or abscess. Only a thorough exam by your Dentist can identify the underlying cause.
If the abscess ruptures, you may experience a sudden rush of foul-smelling and foul-tasting fluid from the swollen or painful area. Rinse your mouth with warm water immediately.
For a day or two after braces or Invisalign/ retainers have been adjusted, you may experience mild pain and discomfort. To help alleviate discomfort, rinse your mouth with warm salt water or take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label.
If you are interested in learning more about emergency dental care, call 303-695-0102 or book an appointment with our 5-star-rated dentist. We are conveniently located on Iliff near I-225. During your session, our experienced dentist and team will take the time to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us! Come to experience Iliff Family Dental and our unmatched patient experience! You will quickly see why people in Aurora, CO love us