Emergency Dental Care
No matter how conscientious you are with your oral health care, dental emergencies can occur. Unfortunately, it seems that they most often happen after regular office hours. The only thing worse than experiencing a dental emergency is the feeling that you are completely on your own until your dentist opens their doors again the next day. The Summit Dental Group believes that you should always have access to superior dental care, no matter what the time of day.
We know that a dental emergency signals a serious problem, which means you need treatment right away. Drs. Hilton and Marcincin are on-call 24/7 to provide the emergency treatment you need when you need it, and you can be assured that treatment and relief are just a phone call away.
How to Handle a Dental Emergency
Dental emergencies can be frightening and often painful. But knowing what to do until you arrive at our office can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Note: If you experience dental trauma that includes injury to the jaw or head, go directly to an emergency room or call 911.
Knocked Out Tooth: Contact our office immediately. Do not touch the root of the tooth. Gently hold the crown of the tooth and rinse carefully in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub the tooth because you may inadvertently remove attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to gently place the tooth back in its socket. Otherwise, place the tooth in a cup of milk so it does not dry out before you get to our office.
Broken Tooth: Use warm water to rinse your mouth and clean the area. Use cold compresses on and off the area every 20 minutes to help reduce swelling.
Lost Filling or Crown: Losing a filling or dental crown may cause pain but can also weaken your tooth. Contact our office immediately to avoid the possibility of further damaging the tooth.
Severe Toothache Pain: Severe pain indicates a serious problem and should be addressed immediately. Toothache pain may be the result of a lost filling; decayed, cracked, or broken teeth; or advanced periodontal disease. A bump on your gum may indicate that your tooth is abscessed and requires root canal therapy. Ice packs placed on and off the area at 20-minute intervals will provide some relief until you get to our office.
Contact Our Office for Dental Emergency Treatment
If you experience a dental emergency, please contact our Dillon dental office immediately at (970) 368-2473. Dental emergencies should be dealt with quickly to increase the likelihood of saving the tooth. All members of our team are trained to handle dental emergencies, and we are available to provide relief and make sure you get the prompt treatment you need.