Summit Dental Group
Dillon CO

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Emergency Dental Care

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At Summit Dental Group we are always available to answer your questions. We want our patients to be fully informed about important dental procedures and oral health issues, so we’ve listed several of the questions we hear most often. If you do not see the answer you’re looking for below, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (970) 468-2471.

Emergency Dental Care

Dental Emergency | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupWe're Here For You

At Summit Dental Group we believe that you should have access to dental care when you need it most. We are happy to accept emergency patients – in fact, we will see you as quickly as possible even if you are not a regular patient.

Whether it’s you or your kids, dental emergencies always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times, and usually when your dentist’s office is closed. While the pain of a dental emergency can cause its own stress, enduring the discomfort until your dentist opens the next day makes it seem so much worse.

We understand the need to have dental emergencies treated as quickly as possible. This is important for protecting your oral health as well as your peace of mind. A dental emergency may be as simple as a broken crown or as complicated as a knocked-out tooth, and in either case it’s important to seek treatment as quickly as possible.

Contact Us If You Have An Emergency

If you have a dental emergency, you are always welcome to call our office any time at 970-468-2471. You will be referred to our emergency number, and Drs. Hilton and Marcincin will get back to you so that we can assess your situation. Depending on the type of emergency, we will see you right away or make an appointment for you the next day.

Dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re having some sort of dental problem, you may be hesitant about contacting our Dillon dental office, but we can assure you that any concern you have is important to us. We offer emergency treatment, and you should never hesitate to contact us if you’re experiencing any type of problem with your teeth.

What is Considered an Emergency?

The problems that are usually considered an emergency are those that need immediate treatment to save your tooth and/or relieve pain. This would include a root canal infection that causes severe pain. Another serious emergency is having a tooth knocked out. Both require prompt attention, because in many cases we can save the tooth if we see you as soon as possible.

Losing a filling or dental crown is not usually a situation that requires treatment immediately, unless you are in pain. The important thing to remember if this happens is to clean the affected tooth gently and put the crown in a safe place. Do not try to reinsert a dental filling – if it has fallen out, there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed before we can make a new one.

 

Contact Our Office in Summit County, CO

If you have questions about what constitutes a dental emergency or how to handle a dental emergency, call our office and our compassionate team can provide you with information. At Summit Dental Group, we specialize in emergency dentistry and can get you in same day to treat your dental emergency.

We're Here For You

At Summit Dental Group, we are dental professionals who are committed to providing everyone with the dental care they need when they need it. If you are in pain or have a traumatic dental injury like a knocked-out tooth, we will be happy to make arrangements to see you, even if you are not a regular patient.

In the case of an emergency, we know that there is nothing worse than the helpless feeling of not being able to get the dental care you need right away. We’ve all been in your place at one point or another, and we don’t want you to suffer a moment longer than necessary.

Ready For You, 24/7

We have made the necessary arrangements to have a doctor on-call 24/7 to handle your dental emergency. When you call our office at 970-468-2471, you will be routed to a special voice mail, and we will be alerted to your call. We will call you back as quickly as possible so that we can evaluate your situation and determine if you need treatment right away.

Please note that if your emergency involves trauma to your face, head, or neck, you should call 911 or get to an emergency room as quickly as possible.

Dental Accident | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupThere are several factors that we need to take into account when deciding the best approach for repairing teeth that were broken in an accident. Primarily, treatment depends on the extent of the damage and severity of the break.

Repairing A Broken Tooth

A full exam and assessment at our Summit Dental office is the first step. During this exam we will evaluate the damage to your teeth, as well as checking the overall state of your oral health.

Porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and bonding could all be appropriate methods for repairing your teeth and restoring their functionality. However, if your teeth are broken beneath the gumline, the only option available to us may be extraction of the tooth.

In this case we can recommend a dental bridge to conceal the empty space, or a dental implant, which is the preferred tooth replacement method. A dental implant is not just a cosmetic fix – it actually replaces the tooth root. This restores the tooth to full function and improves your oral health.

We Work With You

Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin are sensitive to the fact that either of these options requires careful thought and consideration on your part. We will never push any dental treatment, and we will work with you to assess your oral health needs as well as any financial considerations that may be a determining factor.

Please contact our Dillon dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss your needs.

Emergency Dentistry | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupOur Availability

We understand how upsetting this kind of dental emergency can be! Our Summit dental office is available 24/7 to address any dental emergency you experience, including a knocked-out tooth. Please contact us immediately at 970-468-2471 so that we can get you the help you need.

What to Do When A Tooth Is Knocked Out

First of all, it is important to know that it is possible to save a tooth that has been knocked out. Before you get to our office, however, it is extremely important that you are especially careful when you handle the tooth. DO NOT touch the root with your fingers! There are tissue and bone fragments attached to the root that can aid in replacing the tooth.

You can try to gently reinsert the tooth back into its socket. This will keep the root of the tooth protected from further damage.  If this is not possible, place the tooth in a container of milk or warm water until you can get to our office.

We know that dental emergencies happen at the most inconvenient times. Whether you are a regular patient or not, a member of our professional team is always available to get you through your emergency and provide you with the prompt treatment you need.

Our Expertise

We offer a number of oral surgery options including tooth extraction, gum surgery, and dental bone grafting. Both Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin are very skilled at performing surgical procedures and will do everything possible to make sure you are comfortable.

Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction can be a scary proposition for most people. We completely understand that you may be anxious about the procedure, and all member of our team are trained to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible

Gum Surgery

Gum surgery is necessary when periodontal disease is very advanced and threatens the health of your gums and teeth. With severe gum disease, pockets form around your teeth causing them to feel loose. These pockets also provide a space for bacteria to thrive and threaten your oral health. After gum surgery, the gum tissue has a chance to heal and fit snugly around your gums.

Bone Grafting

We perform bone grafting when you’ve lost a tooth and the absence of the root causes the gum to collapse. This not only looks bad, but it can lead to further deterioration of the bone. We also use bone grafting in preparation for placement of a dental implant when there is not enough existing bone to support the implant.

Our Promise to You

You can be assured that no matter what type of oral surgery you need, the Summit Dental Group team will be there to support you through the entire process. Your comfort is our top priority! Contact us today to learn more about oral surgery and your options for sedation dentistry. 

Diagram showing how to replace missing teeth with dental implants in Dillon, COThe Effect of Missing Teeth

The biggest concern associated with missing teeth is tooth alignment problems. One or more missing teeth allow surrounding teeth to shift into the empty space, creating a domino effect that results in alignment issues and difficulties with your dental bite.

Our Dillon dental office highly recommends that the tooth be replaced because these problems can potentially lead to premature wear, teeth grinding, and chipped or fractured teeth. Replacing missing teeth is also important because all your teeth are designed to work together to allow you to chew and speak properly. Missing teeth look unattractive the loss of even one tooth can make these basic functions difficult.

Tooth Replacement Options

Tooth replacement options like dental bridges and dental implants are effective because they not only prevent teeth from shifting, but they also restore functionality, allowing you to chew and speak normally. In addition, they provide a cosmetic solution by filling the gaps left by missing teeth.

It is important for you to have teeth that allow you to speak and chew normally, but missing teeth also detract from your self-confidence. If you have questions about the solution that is best for you, please contact our Dillon dental office, and we will be happy to arrange an appointment to answer your questions and discuss your options.

 

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