Emergencies

Emergency Dental Care – Be Seen Now!

When you’re having a dental emergency, the last thing you want is to have to find someplace to go to get treatment! At Highlands Ranch Smiles, we’re here for you when you have dental emergency in Colorado! You can always reach us by phone at 720-644-8186 – don’t hesitate to call!

We also have an after-hours phone that you can reach by calling our regular number at 720-644-8186. It is answered until 7:00 p.m. on the weekdays and from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on the weekends. We’re also able to provide you with your dentist’s cellphone number in case you have an emergency outside of those hours.

Same-Day Treatment!

We will always see you within our usual hours the same day you come in or contact us! We’ll make time to treat your emergency no matter what it is! Our goal is always to relieve your pain and help you feel better as quickly as we can!

We’re also open on Fridays and have extended hours throughout the week! Check our hours here to see when you can come in!

Immediate Care

If you have an emergency, there are several steps you can take to make your treatment more successful and eliminate immediate pain and danger!

Lost a tooth: If you have had a tooth come completely out of your mouth, take these steps to save it!

  • Pick up the tooth, but only by the crown, never the roots!
  • Don’t remove any connected tissue – it can be important in reconnecting your tooth!
  • Rinse the tooth in gently running cool water.
  • If you have access to some milk, put the tooth in a cup of it. If not, you can place the tooth in your cheek to protect it.
  • Use gauze or cotton to help stop the bleeding.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, but be careful not to take aspirin – it thins your blood and can prevent clotting!

Broke a tooth: A fractured tooth can still be saved!

  • Try to recover any shards of broken tooth and place them somewhere safe.
  • If you have any sharp points to your broken tooth, cover them with wax or cotton to prevent hurting yourself.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever if needed.

Severe toothache:

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, especially an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. It can reduce swelling.
  • Use ice to bring down any swelling.
  • Take a look inside your mouth – if you see infection or inflammation, you can clean your mouth out with some warm, salty water.

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