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: The first step is to contact us right away. Handle the tooth by the crown only, and rinse it if it's dirty. Be careful not to touch the root or any attached tissue fragments. The safest place for the tooth is in your mouth, so try to place it back in the socket gently. Otherwise, keep the root moist by placing the tooth in a cup of milk or saliva so it doesn't 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: A lost crown or filling may not require immediate attention, but we do need to replace the crown as soon as possible to prevent damage to the weakened tooth. A lost filling will need to be replaced with a new one.
Severe Toothache Pain: Any pain in your tooth indicates a problem, but severe pain needs to be addressed immediately to provide relief and see what's happening with the tooth. If you have a bump on your gum, it may be a sign of an abscess that requires root canal treatment. Placing an ice pack 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.