Emergency Services

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.

How Do I Know If It’s 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 that affects your eating and sleeping
If tooth pain is interfering with daily activities, you need to see a dentist right away.

A filling or crown that falls out
Over time, fillings and crowns can loosen and fall out.

Damaged teeth (i.e. chipped, fractured, broken)
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.

A tooth that has been knocked out
Sports, accidents, and injuries can cause dislodged teeth.

Painful bite
Anything from a broken tooth to an infection can cause pain when biting.

Gum swelling or bleeding
Disease and infection can lead to bleeding and swelling gums.

Pericoronitis
Partially impacted wisdom teeth are at risk for infected gums in the surrounding area.

Abscesses
Swollen areas filled with pus can occur in both gums and teeth. These infections cause pain and inflammation that need treatment right away.

What to do in Case of a Dental Emergency

Tooth pain
Toothaches have many different causes including cavities, gum disease, tooth decay, and grinding. 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 popping out
If a filling or crown falls 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
If there’s no pain after a tooth gets damaged, seeing your dentist right away isn’t necessary. Any sensitivity you have will go away after a few hours to a few days. Call your dentist and let him or her know what happened so they can assess the damage.

Knocked out tooth
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.

Biting pain
Make an appointment with your dentist right away if you have pain when biting. The cause might not be that bad, but it’s important to get an examination just in case. Avoid chewing on the affected area until you know what’s wrong.

Swelling or bleeding
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. Likewise, if there’s swelling that doesn’t go away on its own, keep your head elevated until your appointment.

Pericoronitis
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.

Abscess
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.

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. We maintain a team of varied in-house dental specialists, such as cosmetic dentists and endodontists, so that you’re not running around collecting referrals and finding new offices. Our Fort Collins CO dentist office has the latest equipment and a comfortable setting to get you through your emergency quickly.

Call us now at 970-233-8933!

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.