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What Is A Dental Emergency?

The category of “dental emergency” includes more things than you may think! While some emergencies like bleeding gums or knocked-out teeth are very obvious, lots of other things like toothaches, objects lodged between the teeth, and pulled-out dental work also require immediate dental care.

Not sure if you need immediate treatment? Our advice is simple. If you think that your issue requires immediate emergency care, you’re probably right! So just give us a call at (719) 282-6636 to tell us about your issue, and we can schedule you for same-day or after-hours care right away.

What To Do During A Dental Emergency

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Call Us Immediately

No matter what your emergency may be, you need to call Tuttle Family Dentistry at (719) 282-6636 immediately to talk to one of our team members and schedule an emergency appointment. While we do accept walk-ins, we prefer that you call ahead. This helps us prepare for your visit and provide you with the care you need more quickly once you arrive at our office in Colorado Springs.

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Take Steps To Treat Pain, Discomfort & Bleeding

If your mouth is bleeding, you can use clean cotton balls or paper towels to absorb blood, which should slow within 45 minutes to an hour. Over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help with discomfort. Placing an ice pack on the cheek for 10 minutes at a time can also help with pain and swelling. These are temporary steps, though. It’s important to come to Tuttle Family Dentistry ASAP for a permanent solution to your emergency. 

Same-Day & After-Hours Appointments

At Tuttle Family Dentistry, we take pride in providing both same-day care and after-hours emergency appointments for all of our patients in Colorado Springs. We know how painful and scary a dental emergency can be, and that sometimes you can’t wait to get the help you need.

So if you’re having a dental emergency, don’t wait. Call us at (719) 282-6636 and tell us about your issue. If it’s a serious emergency, we’ll schedule a same-day or after-hours appointment right away to give you the help you need ASAP.

Do emergency rooms handle dental emergencies?

While emergency rooms are equipped to handle a wide range of health crises, they are not typically the best place to go for dental emergencies. The reason for this is twofold. First, ER staff are not trained in dentistry, so while they may be able to provide temporary relief or prescribe pain medication, they will not be able to address the root cause of your dental issue. Second, ER visits can be significantly more expensive than a visit to a dentist's office.

However, there are exceptions. If your dental emergency is accompanied by symptoms such as difficulty breathing or swallowing, severe bleeding, or injury to the face or jaw, you should go to the ER immediately. In such cases, your health could be at risk and immediate medical attention is necessary.

What are common dental emergencies?

Dental emergencies are conditions that require immediate attention to save a tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or treat a severe infection that could become life-threatening if not treated promptly. Some common dental emergencies include:

- Severe toothache: If you're experiencing severe pain that isn't relieved by over-the-counter pain relievers, it's considered a dental emergency.
- Broken or chipped tooth: If a tooth is broken or chipped and causing you pain, it's important to see a dentist as soon as possible.
- Knocked-out tooth: If a tooth gets knocked out, it's crucial to get to a dentist immediately. In some cases, the tooth can be saved if treated within an hour.
- Lost filling or crown: If a filling or crown falls out, it's important to see a dentist as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the tooth.
- Abscess or infection: Symptoms of an abscess or infection include severe pain, swelling, fever, and a foul taste in the mouth. This is a serious condition that can spread to other parts of the body if not treated promptly.

How soon should I see a dentist if I feel I am having a dental emergency?

The sooner you can see a dentist after noticing a dental emergency, the better. Many dental emergencies require immediate attention to prevent further damage, alleviate severe pain, or even save a tooth. In some cases, such as a knocked-out tooth, seeing a dentist within an hour can make the difference between saving and losing the tooth.

If you're experiencing a dental emergency, it's best to contact your dentist right away. At Tuttle Family Dentistry, we understand that dental emergencies can happen at any time and can cause significant discomfort and stress. That's why we strive to provide prompt, compassionate care for all types of dental emergencies. If you're in the Colorado Springs area and need emergency dental care, don't hesitate to call us at (719) 282-6636.