Summit Dental Group
Dillon CO

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Emergency Dental Care

How can we help you?

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 at 970-468-2471. 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 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 broken tooth. 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 Dillon, 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. 

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.

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 in our 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 give us a call and we will be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss your needs.

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.

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 us, we will be more than happy to answer your questions and discuss your options.

 

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