Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Emergency Dentistry services offered in Colorado Springs, CO

When a dental emergency occurs, knowing where to turn for care can make the experience far less stressful. That’s why Brooke Watson, DDS, and Braeden Alverson, DDS, of Palmer Park Dentistry offer emergency dentistry services to patients in and around Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you or a loved one is in need of urgent dental care, call the office to determine your next steps. Online booking is always an option for less time-sensitive booking needs.   

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is an area of dental practice focused on addressing urgent dental care needs. One way to think about emergency dentistry is to consider whether your need can wait to be seen until a normally scheduled visit. If the answer is “no,” then emergency dentistry is likely the right approach. 

Most dental emergencies happen without notice. They can result from a traumatic or sports injury, or they can arise after years of poor dental care. Very often, dental emergencies happen at the most inconvenient times, leaving you scrambling for care outside of normal business hours. 

What kinds of issues can be treated during emergency dental visits?

A wide range of dental needs can be met in an emergency dentistry setting. Some of the issues that often bring people in for emergency dental care include:

  • Knocked-out (avulsed) tooth
  • Object lodged between teeth or in the gum tissue
  • Lacerations to the tongue, lips, or other soft tissues
  • Abscess
  • Signs of infection, like facial swelling, fever, or drainage
  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Severe dental pain
  • Swollen, red, or painful gum tissue

If you experience any of these changes, call the office right away to see if a same-day visit is available. 

What should I do if I encounter a dental emergency?

The most important thing you can do in the event of a dental emergency is to remain calm. That is easier said than done, especially for parents who are trying to soothe a child with broken teeth or serious dental pain. 

Begin by assessing the situation. If you’ve been involved in a traumatic or sports injury, take steps to secure your immediate safety, and determine if emergency medical treatment is needed. Uncontrolled bleeding, chest pain, shortness of breath, or loss of consciousness should prompt a call for emergency services. 

If you’ve lost a tooth, try to locate the tooth and pick it up, avoiding touching the portion that normally sits below the gum line. The roots of your teeth are lined with living cells, and damaging those cells can make reimplantation impossible. Try to place the tooth back into its socket or store it in a small container covered with lukewarm milk. 

Call Palmer Park Dentistry to determine what to do next. Same-day visits are often available. Online booking is always an option for less urgent scheduling needs.