Emergency Dentistry – Lakewood, CO
I Have a Dental Emergency
Are you or a loved one experiencing quite a bit of dental pain? Has someone damaged a tooth in an accident or developed a severe toothache? To get the attention you need, just give Lakewood Complete Dentistry a call right away. We’re happy to accept emergency dental patients and do our best to provide same-day relief, so patients can get the urgent attention they need. Dental discomfort and pain is definitely not fun so we’ll make sure you’re able to get back to your normal life in no time!
Why Choose Lakewood Complete Dentistry for Emergency Dental Care?
- Able to provide same-day emergency care
- State-of-the-art technology ensures quick solutions
- Kind, compassionate, & gentle team
Unparalleled Experience & Qualifications
Dr. Artino is exactly the type of person you want to see in the middle of a dental emergency. In addition to having years of experience as a practicing dentist, he is also a former certified nurse's aid, meaning he knows how to bring calm to even the most stressful situations. He has invested in some of the latest dental technology, including intraoral cameras and digital X-rays, which enable him to find, diagnose, and treat problems right away, helping our patients get out of pain as quickly as possible.
Dental Accidents & Facial Trauma
Broken and knocked-out teeth are very common for people who play sports or frequently chew on hard items (such as ice or popcorn kernels), and getting dental care right away is absolutely essential to saving a tooth! If you’re currently dealing with a damaged tooth, make sure you:
- Contact Lakewood Complete Dentistry
- Try to recover any pieces of the tooth that you can
- Gently rinse the tooth with warm water
- Try to place the tooth back into its socket until you can see us. Keep your mouth closed in order to secure the tooth.
- If this isn’t possible, place the tooth in a container of milk or saltwater. The tooth must remain wet to keep it viable for reattachment!
Dental Emergencies Due to Oral Care Neglect
Severe pain or sensitivity felt in one tooth can be the result of an infection or crack that has reached the sensitive internal nerve, and without immediate attention, the tooth may eventually need to be removed. To get relief from a painful toothache, be sure to:
- Contact Lakewood Complete Dentistry
- Gently rinse your mouth with warm water and lightly floss around the tooth to dislodge anything that could be stuck next to it and causing discomfort.
- Use a cold compress or over the counter medication to help with any discomfort until you can see us.
While removing a tooth is never our first choice, sometimes it’s the best thing we can do to protect a patient’s oral and overall health. We may recommend an emergency extraction if:
- A tooth is too decayed or broken to be restored
- Advanced periodontal disease has damaged the bone supporting a tooth
- Decay in one tooth is beginning to threaten those around it
Should you ever need an extraction, Dr. Artino will use a gentle touch and plenty of local anesthesia to make sure you are comfortable the entire time.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
The wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that tend to come in around the late teens or early twenties, and for most people, they only bring trouble. This is because the average human mouth simply doesn’t have enough room to fit these teeth. This can cause pain, put pressure on other teeth, and they may even become impacted (stuck) as they try to erupt. At Lakewood Complete Dentistry, we can perform safe and effective wisdom tooth extractions in an environment you are familiar with and most comfortable.
Toothaches come in various forms, from dull and annoying to sharp and agonizing. Whatever type of tooth pain you are experiencing, Dr. Vinnie and our team are ready to help! We will analyze the situation, talk to you about your treatment options, and perform an appropriate procedure to end your pain and get your oral health back on track. A new restoration, root canal therapy, or an extraction are all possible treatments for a toothache.
Dental Emergency FAQs
Even after reading all the information above about dental emergencies, you might still have some questions. That’s perfectly understandable. After all, in an emergency situation, you want to be as prepared as possible. That’s why your dentist in Lakewood has assembled some of the emergency questions he gets asked the most often, and answered them down below for your convenience. If you have a question that you don’t see answered here, be sure to contact us for more information.
How Long Should I Wait to Receive Emergency Care?
Ideally, you should contact us right away if you have some kind of dental problem, even if you’re not sure whether or not it’s an emergency. In these situations, it’s much better to be safe than sorry. This is because unlike a lot of general medical issues, which often get better over time, dental problems typically worsen the longer you ignore them. To top it off, most dental emergencies have some degree of pain involved, so you’re going to want to see your emergency dentist in Lakewood as soon as possible to relieve your discomfort.
When Should I Go to the E.R. vs the Dentist?
If your dental emergency is also life-threatening, such as swelling that affects your ability to breathe, then you should absolutely visit the emergency room of your local hospital. Jaw dislocations or fractures and serious oral infections also warrant a visit to the emergency room instead of your dentist. However, for any other kind of dental emergency that is not life-threatening, visit your dentist in Lakewood instead.
What If I Bite My Tongue or Lip?
After calling us and booking an appointment, the first thing you should do is rinse your mouth out with warm water. To relieve bleeding, hold a piece of cloth or gauze to the area for ten minutes or until the bleeding stops. Cut down on potential swelling by applying a cold compress to the area for up to twenty minutes at a time. You can rinse with saltwater or take an over-the-counter painkiller as directed on the bottle to relieve pain. Until your injury is healed, it’s a good idea to stay away from acidic, hot, or spicy foods and beverages to avoid irritating the site.
What If I Have Something Stuck in My Teeth?
First, rinse your mouth out with warm water to try and dislodge the object. If that doesn’t work, then gently use dental floss. NEVER use a sharp object such as a toothpick to remove something caught between your teeth, as it can damage your tooth or the soft tissue in your mouth. If you can’t remove the object by yourself, then you should absolutely call us and schedule an emergency appointment.