Far too many people don’t treat a dental emergency as the true emergency that it is. Emergency care to avoid losing a body part is absolutely appropriate. Each tooth in your mouth is a body part, and replacing a missing tooth is expensive and time-consuming. Fortunately, Dr. Michelle Haynes at Highlands Ranch Smiles in Highlands Ranch, CO offers extended hours so that your emergency can be addressed promptly.
We’re Open Late For You
A dental emergency isn’t confined to normal business hours. Unlike many dental practices, we’re open after business hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and open before business on Friday. That means that we may be able to address your emergency without impacting your work. We make every effort to see emergencies on the same day.
A Dental Emergency Is What You Think It Is
You wouldn’t go to the hospital emergency room for a random twinge, but you definitely would go for severe pain or significant damage to a finger, toe, arm, leg, or eye. Give your teeth the same consideration.
Dental emergencies typically fall into these types:
- Loss of a tooth: whether this is due to accident or a blow to your face, losing a tooth is a big deal. However, in many cases it’s possible to reimplant a tooth that has been knocked out so that it will re-root and continue to serve you as a healthy tooth. This is one of those cases where time is teeth; the nerve and the tooth itself only remain viable for a limited amount of time. Call our office immediately at 720-644-8186.
- Tooth damage: Teeth can be damaged by too much pressure, the failure of a restoration like a filling or crown, or by impact. When your tooth isn’t intact, it can expose the insides of the tooth to infection. Taking action promptly reduces the chances of experiencing a painful dental infection that, if left untreated, may lead to the loss of that tooth.
- Severe pain: severe dental pain is usually due to an underlying infection. That infection may be due to gum disease or the failure of a restoration. The longer you wait to address the problem, the greater the chance of even greater problems. Left untreated, dental infections can impact your health. Extensive research shows a strong link between dental infection and potentially serious health problems:
- Heart disease
- Lung problems
- Inflammatory problems such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Low birth weight and premature birth
- Poor diabetes control
- Various forms of cancer.
- Severe dental pain that stops suddenly: you might breathe a sigh of relief when that unbearable pain goes away. However, that’s almost always due to the death of tooth nerve due to infection.
Don’t Take Chances With Your Teeth
There’s no reason to suffer through severe pain and risk losing one or more teeth when help is available. When you arrive at our Highlands Ranch, CO office, Dr. Haynes will take immediate steps to get you out of pain and then diagnose the source of the problem. We offer a number of comfort options such as soft blankets, headphones and movies to help distract you while you’re in the chair, and dental sedation if you need more help relaxing.
In any dental emergency, contact Highlands Ranch Smiles immediately at 720-644-8186.