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Emergency Dental Care

Dr. Christopher Henes and his dental team are proud to offer a wide variety of services, including immediate emergency dental care in Aurora, CO

General & Emergency Dentistry

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.

What to do in a dental emergency

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.

Severe Pain

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.

Possible Broken Jaw

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.

Teeth

Debris between Teeth

From time to time we can eat something that can get underneath our tooth and gum tissues. When this occurs if we don’t remove this it can cause localized infection. If you think you have something stuck between your teeth or under your gums, there are some things you can try and do at home. Carefully insert a piece of dental floss (never a sharp or pointed object) between your teeth. Also, you can try rinsing with warm salt water.  Be gentle so you do not cut the gum tissue. If you are unable to remove the object, see your dentist right away.

Loose Tooth

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.

Chipped or Broken Tooth

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.

For the injured person:
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it. Apply gauze to the area and use firm pressure to stop the bleeding. Try to find the chipped or broken tooth pieces right away.
  • When the bleeding stops, apply a cold compress to the injured area to minimize swelling. If bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes of constant, firm pressure, see your dentist or go to the emergency room.
For the chipped or broken tooth
  • Save the tooth’s pieces and rinse the pieces and your mouth with warm water.
  • If the tooth’s pieces are dirty, place a towel or dishcloth in a sink (so the pieces cannot fall into the drain), and gently rinse them.
  • Place the pieces in a small container and cover them with milk, water with a pinch of salt, or saliva from the injured person. You need to see your dentist immediately. If the tooth stays out of the mouth for more than 2 hours the likelihood of replacement and survival decreases.

Knocked-Out Tooth

A Child's Baby Tooth

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.

A Permanent (Adult) Tooth

You have a 1-2 hour window in which your tooth has a chance for re-implantation – only your Dentist can tell you for sure. Take the following steps and see your Dentist right away. Remember to take your protected tooth with you
For the injured person:
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it. Apply gauze to the area and use firm pressure to stop the bleeding. Try to find the missing tooth right away.
  • When the bleeding stops, apply a cold compress to the injured area to minimize swelling. If bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes of constant, firm pressure, see your dentist or go to the emergency room.
  • Place the tooth in a small container and cover it with milk, water with a pinch of salt, or saliva from the injured person. If the tooth stays out of the mouth for more than 2 hours the likelihood of replacement and survival decreases.
For the broken tooth:
  • Hold the tooth only by its crown (the enamel, visible portion). If the tooth or root is dirty, place a towel or dishcloth in a sink (so the tooth cannot fall into the drain), and gently rinse the tooth and root but DO NOT SCRUB it or remove any gum tissue that may still be attached to the root.
  • If possible, gently place the tooth back into its gum socket facing the correct direction (making sure that you do not force the tooth back in place). If this is not possible, place the tooth in a small container and cover the tooth in milk, water with a pinch of salt, or saliva from the injured person.

Lost Filling or Crown

If one of your fillings or crowns are loose it is best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Henes and his well trained team located in Aurora, CO. Sometimes loose crowns can be recemented without having to get a new one. Fillings, on the other hand, if they are loose they most likely need to be replaced. These loose fillings and crowns can be sensitive to cold air or sweets.

Filling:

  • If you found the filling, put it in a safe place and take it with you when you see your dentist.
  • To make your tooth more comfortable, fill the hole in your tooth with tooth wax or cement (available over-the-counter at your pharmacy). This should only be used if you can not see a dentist right away. Do not use any household adhesives in your mouth.

Crown:

  • If you found the crown, you may temporarily replace it yourself until you see your dentist.
  • Gently clean any debris from the inside of your crown.
  • To the inside of your crown, apply denture adhesive,  temporary dental cement or toothpaste before slipping the crown back in place to protect your tooth.

Toothache

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.

Gums and Soft Tissues

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.

Bitten Tongue or Lip

  • A small cut (less than 1/4 inch) is likely to heal itself.
  • Carefully wipe the area clean with gauze or a cloth. Apply a cold compress, ice pack, or small bag of frozen fruit or vegetables to the area to minimize swelling. Alternate the cold compress 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off.
  • If the cut is larger than 1/4 inch, or if bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes of cold treatment, go to the emergency room.
  • If that doesn’t work or if you would like that area to heal more quickly we offer the use of Lasers. Lasers help in the healing process.

Burned Roof of Mouth

  • Eating very hot food (like pizza) can burn the roof of your mouth. These painful sores and blisters typically heal on their own. If they have not healed after 10 days, see your dentist
  • In the meantime, use warm salt water rinses (1/8 of a teaspoon in 8 ounces of water) after meals to keep the area clean. If pain relief is needed use a topical oral anesthetic (found over-the-counter at your pharmacy). You can also take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label.

Mouthsores

There are many different types of mouth sores that are possible.  If it is the first time that you have a mouth sore it is always best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Henes and his well trained team at Iliff Family Dental. Sometimes these mouth sores can be caused by the food we eat or even appliances in our mouths like braces. If your mouth sores are caused by having new braces, apply a topical anesthetic (available over-the-counter at your pharmacy). To alleviate pain, take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label. If that doesn’t work or if you would like that area to heal more quickly we offer the use of Lasers. Lasers help in the healing process.

Pain, Swelling, or Abscess

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.

Braces and Invisalign

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.

A Poking Wire

If you feel a wire is loose and poking your gums or cheeks it is advised that you call your Orthodontist to describe the situation and schedule an appointment. Use a Q-tip or pencil eraser to push the wire flat against the tooth. If the wire cannot be moved into a comfortable position, cover it with dental wax (available over-the-counter at your pharmacy).

Bracket Knocked Off

From time to time the brackets that hold your wire can come loose. If you notice that one of your wires is loose it is advised to call your Orthodontist to describe the situation and schedule an appointment. If the loose bracket has rotated and the wire and is sticking out, attempt to turn it back into its normal position. To minimize the movement of the loose bracket , use dental wax (available over-the-counter at your pharmacy.)

Lost Wire or Ligature

If you notice that your wire is lost it is best to call your orthodontist right away. If you found the rubber ligature, you may be able to put it back in place using sterile tweezers.

Schedule Your Appointment to discuss your immediate emergency dental care in Aurora, CO Today!

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