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Emergency Dentistry services offered in Denver, CO

Dental emergencies often arise when you least expect them, and knowing where to turn for help can make a world of difference in the outcome. Leslie Murray, DMD, and the team at Iris Pediatric Dentistry in Denver, Colorado, offer caring and compassionate emergency dentistry services to ensure kids have the care they need when they need it. Call to determine your next steps, and remember that online scheduling is an option for less urgent booking needs. 

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is an area of dental practice focused on addressing truly urgent dental care needs where delaying even by a few hours could have a different outcome.. It offers a setting where kids can be seen by a dentist they know and trust when a sudden dental health issue arises.

No one is at their best when they are afraid or in pain, and kids are no exception. Dr. Murray understands the importance of providing top-quality care to kids who are in stressful circumstances, and she works hard to make emergency services as easy and enjoyable as possible.

What kinds of situations are considered pediatric dental emergencies?

The best way to think about emergency dentistry is to consider whether the matter can wait to be seen in a normally scheduled visit at Iris Pediatric Dentistry. If your child is in pain or has damaged a tooth, emergency dentistry is the right course of action. 

Some of the dental issues seen during emergency dentistry visits include:

  • Broken, chipped or knocked-out tooth
  • Swelling in the gums, that spreads to the face, or jaw
  • Pain that continues even with over the counter medications or makes it difficult for your child to drink fluids
  • Lacerations to the lips, gums, or tongue
  • Retainer or crown that has become broken and is causing pain or damage to cheek or gums

If you are concerned about any of these issues or have questions about emergency dental care, call the office for guidance. Often a photo can be emailed or texted to allow immediate feedback for patient’s of records.

What should I do for a knocked-out tooth?

A knocked-out tooth is among the most common types of dental emergencies. Knowing how to respond can mean the difference between saving or losing the tooth. 

If the knocked-out tooth was a baby tooth that was already loose, there may be no need for further action. However, if the tooth was not already loose or was a permanent tooth, prompt treatment is important.

Begin by locating the tooth, taking care to avoid touching the root portion when picking it up. Do not scrub or clean the tooth! If there is dirt or gravel on the root, you can gently rinse the tooth with clean water or milk, but do not rub the tooth with your fingers or scrub with a  brush.

For older kids, placing the tooth back into its socket and having your child bite down gently on a piece of clean gauze or cloth is best. The tooth has the best chance of healing if it is out of the mouth for less than a few minutes! For little ones, placing the tooth in a small container and covering it with lukewarm milk will help nourish the living cells on the tooth. 

Call Iris Pediatric Dentistry right away to determine your next steps. In cases when you can come in quickly, a knocked-out tooth can be saved. If that’s not possible, Dr. Murray will check your child’s mouth for other trauma, clean the site, and advise you on how to support a healthy healing process.

Emergency dentistry visits can be booked over the phone, and online scheduling is a good option for less urgent dental needs.