Emergency Dentistry – Castle Rock, CO
Urgent Care for Growing Smiles
At Castle Rock Smiles, we understand that unexpected things in life happen, especially if you have kids. That’s why we recommend saving our office’s number in your phone so that you’re ready in case a dental emergency occurs to your growing loved ones. When your child experiences a dental emergency, Dr. Benzley and the rest of our team are here to help during this time of need. Unless it is a life-threatening situation, you can turn to our team for fast, gentle care that will get your child back to full oral health.
Handling a Dental Emergency
If you have a dental emergency requiring immediate attention, please call our office right away so we can prepare for your visit. Keep in mind that we are not a walk-in clinic, and there may be a short wait, but we will do everything we can to see your child as soon as possible.
Begin by flossing the area to dislodge anything that may be stuck between the teeth. If you see swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of the face. DO NOT place aspirin on the gums as this can burn the gum tissue. You can administer over-the-counter pain relief medication (Ibuprofen or Tylenol) according to package direction. If discomfort and/or swelling persist, call the office.
Call our office immediately. We will need to take an x-ray of the area. Baby teeth should not be re-implanted, so the Tooth Fairy may be coming for that tooth a little earlier than expected. However, in the case of a knocked-out adult tooth, handle it by the crown, not the root, and then gently rinse it with water. Place the tooth back in the socket as soon as possible. Have your child stabilize the tooth using gauze or a washcloth on your way to the dentist. If placing the tooth back in the socket is not possible, place it in some milk and get to our practice immediately!
Chipped or Fractured Tooth
Call our office immediately, and we will help determine if the tooth requires urgent treatment. If the teeth are more sensitive than usual, administer over-the-counter pain relief medication according to package direction. Have your child rinse their mouth to keep the tooth clean.
Cut Lip or Cheek
Apply firm pressure with a soft cloth to the cut. If bleeding is not controlled within 15 minutes, contact our office and/or go to the nearest emergency room. Applying ice to injured areas will also help control swelling.
Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications can provide temporary relief until the sore heals. These sores can sometimes be signs of more serious illnesses, so let us know if sores worsen and/or persist.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Sometimes a dental emergency happens despite everyone’s best efforts, but oftentimes dental emergencies can be avoided through simple measures that protect your child’s teeth from harm. Here are some things you can do to prevent a dental emergency:
- Make sure your child thoroughly brushes and flosses their teeth daily.
- Bring your child to Castle Rock Smiles for a checkup and cleaning twice every year.
- Have your child wear a custom mouthguard when they play sports, particularly if there is contact involved, no matter their age or ability.
- Help your child stop bad oral habits, such as chewing on ice or pencils or using their teeth to open packaging.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies
No two smiles are exactly the same, and neither are dental emergencies. Each case has unique needs and therefore will vary in cost from the next one. If your child is experiencing a dental emergency, don’t wait to seek treatment. The problem will likely only get worse with time, potentially endangering your child’s smile and health and resulting in even higher treatment costs down the road.