Emergency Services in Fort Collins, CO

Never Ignore Tooth Pain. See an Emergency Dentist!

Man with toothache that needs emergency dental care

Rather than putting off a dental visit hoping the pain will go away, take serious discomfort as a sign that you’re experiencing a dental emergency. Often, ignoring the pain makes the problem worse and could result in a tooth extraction. At College Ave Modern Dental, you can make a same-day appointment to see an emergency dentist.

If you’re currently experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call us at 970-233-8933 for relief.

What to Do in Case of a Dental Emergency

Any extreme pain should be an indication that there is a problem, but there are other symptoms of a dental emergency. Please call our office if you’re experiencing any of the following:

Tooth Pain: If tooth pain is interfering with daily activities, you need to see a dentist right away.  You can treat the pain and inflammation with an anti-inflammatory, like Advil, or a cold compress or heat pack to the affected area until your dentist identifies the cause.

Filling or Crown Falls Out: Over time, fillings and crowns can loosen and fall out. If they fall out, simply dab a bit of petroleum jelly on the piece and put it back on the tooth until you can see your dentist.

Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Teeth: Broken, fractured, or chipped teeth can lead to issues in the surrounding teeth too, so make sure you have your dentist complete a thorough exam.

Knocked-Out Teeth: Adults should quickly put the knocked-out tooth back in its place. If done within an hour, the tooth should be able to take root again. Be sure to not touch the tooth’s pointy end, the root. Whether you have the tooth or not, call your dentist.

Painful Bite:  Anything from a broken tooth to an infection can cause pain when biting. Make an appointment with your dentist right away if you have pain when biting. Avoid chewing on the affected area until you know what’s wrong.

Gum Swelling or Bleeding: Disease and infection can lead to bleeding and swelling gums. Any blood found on your toothbrush or floss could be from gum disease. Just follow the recommendations of your dentist and you should be fine in no time. However, if there’s blood in your saliva or mouth this could indicate advanced gum disease, infection after a procedure, or even cancer. Keep your head elevated until you can see your doctor.

Pericoronitis: Partially impacted wisdom teeth are at risk for infected gums in the surrounding area. When there’s inflammation around a tooth, first make sure no food particles are stuck in the gum flap and rinse with warm saltwater. Make an appointment with your dentist if there’s any cheek or jaw swelling.

Abscesses: Swollen areas filled with pus can occur in both gums and teeth. These infections cause pain and inflammation that need treatment right away. Call your dentist if you suspect an abscess in either your gum or tooth. Do not pop the abscess, but instead floss and brush as usual. Take care of this as soon as you can to prevent worsening pain and inflammation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do for a dental emergency?

Contact your College Ave Modern Dental dentist immediately for dental emergencies like toothaches, tooth abscesses, pain, or broken teeth because without treatment they could get worse.

Will the ER pull a tooth?

The ER cannot pull a tooth or perform any other dental procedures. Only dentists can pull teeth and conduct restorative dental treatments. It’s extremely unlikely to find a dentist within the ER. You can however receive painkillers or antibiotics.

What helps unbearable tooth pain?

We recommend anti-inflammatories and cold or hot compresses in the meantime. If your tooth is causing pain, you need to schedule an appointment with your College Ave Modern Dental dentist as soon as possible.

What is considered a dental emergency?

Any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop pain, bleeding, and infection is a dental emergency. Dental emergencies include tooth pain, missing crowns, fillings, or teeth, broken teeth, painful bite, bleeding or swollen gums, wisdom teeth pain, and abscesses.

How soon can I see an emergency dentist?

Call us at (970) 233-8933 and we’ll make sure you get a same-day appointment with one of our emergency dentists. We have several in-house dental specialists so we are fully qualified to handle most dental emergencies.

Rely on College Ave Modern Dental in Emergencies

We understand how overwhelming a dental emergency can be. That’s why we make the process as simple and comfortable as possible for our patients. Call us now at 970-233-8933!