Emergency Dentistry

Family & Cosmetic Dentist Serving Centennial & Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Scavuzzo Dental Care is family-run, and we know that you and your family members can have dental emergencies any time of day. While we’re not open 24 hours, we will do everything we can to meet your needs.

Extended weekday and select weekend hours make getting the care you need easy. You can also reach us after hours in the event of a dental emergency.

Our patients are our top priority, and we strive to always be available for them. Call 303-741-2727 to schedule an emergency dental appointment. We serve patients in Centennial and Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

What Is a Dental Emergency?

Aches and pains in your mouth don’t necessarily mean you need immediate attention, but trauma and other accidents can necessitate prompt dental care. Common dental emergencies include:

  • Cracked, fractured and broken teeth
  • Teeth that have been knocked from your mouth
  • Tears, punctures and lacerations to your gums and soft tissues
  • Oral abscesses
  • Damaged braces

woman with mouth and jaw painFalls, sports injuries and even excessively hard or sticky foods can cause dental emergencies. Oral infections can also lead to an emergency situation if left untreated.

Regular dental care and good oral hygiene habits can help prevent dental emergencies, but sometimes the unexpected happens. When it does, you can trust that relieving your pain and addressing the problem is our highest priority.

Do I Need Emergency Care?

A minor crack or small chip on your tooth probably doesn’t require a same-day appointment. A lost crown or filling can often be temporarily reaffixed to your tooth with dental cement or adhesive. However, a tooth that has been completely knocked from its socket typically warrants attention.

To help you better determine if you need immediate care, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have I lost a tooth that could be saved with quick treatment?
  • Do I have a loose adult tooth?
  • Do I have signs of infection?
  • Is my pain severe?
  • Am I bleeding?

Before making an expensive visit to the emergency room, contact our office. We’re happy to answer your questions and will get you in for an appointment as soon as we can if it’s decided that you need emergency care.

What to Do When You Have a Dental Emergency

Treating your issue as soon as possible can help us preserve your teeth, maintain the function of your mouth and minimize your risk of infection. By alleviating your painful or cosmetic concern, you can return to work, parenting and other important responsibilities.

When you call our office, we may offer you some first-aid tips to help reduce your symptoms before your appointment. This includes:

  • Cleaning the affected area with warm water
  • Applying light pressure to stop bleeding
  • Using ice packs to decrease swelling
  • Properly preserving chipped or broken teeth

If a tooth has come loose, try to gently place it back in the socket. If you can’t, stuff your socket with wet gauze, a wet cotton ball or a damp tea bag. Then place the tooth in milk or a container of your saliva until we can see you. For chipped or broken teeth, rinse off the pieces and bring them to your appointment.

While we will always do our best to help you, sometimes a trip to the hospital is the right course of action. Do not wait to see us if you:

  • Have a jaw fracture or dislocation
  • Are bleeding profusely or uncontrollably
  • Have an infection that is hindering your ability to swallow or breathe

Your well-being is our utmost concern. Call 9-1-1 if you have signs of a life-threatening medical condition.

Contact Scavuzzo Dental Care

A dental emergency can be a scary experience, but try to remain calm. Dr. Scavuzzo and the rest of our team is here to help.

Call 303-741-2727 to schedule an emergency appointment at Scavuzzo Dental Care. We serve patients in Centennial and Highlands Ranch, Colorado.