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Suncreek Dental Group Provides 24-Hour Emergency Dentistry in Littleton

Dental emergencies can be painful and frightening, and they require the urgent care of a dental professional. Knowing your dental provider is available when you need them the most can relieve the stress that accompanies dental emergencies.

When you call Suncreek Dental Group, you have convenient access to our dentists for urgent care. With this 24-hour hotline, you can trust their care in restoring your oral health quickly so that you can resume your normal activities as soon as possible.

Common Dental Emergencies 

Urgent care needs that require immediate attention to prevent tooth loss and serious oral and overall health risks include:

  • Toothache:  A severe toothache could be a sign of a cavity or abscess. If it is accompanied by swelling or fever, then it could be an infection that can endanger neighboring teeth and spread to infections in the body. Rinse out your mouth with warm salt water. If the pain does not subside with over-the-counter pain medication, call your dentist right away.
  • Damaged Tooth: Cracks and chips allow bacteria to access the tooth’s inner chamber and gum tissue, which can lead to more serious dental problems.
  • Dislodged Tooth: Pieces of the root may still be in the gums, which can lead to infection. If left untreated, a missing tooth can cause teeth to shift out of alignment.
  • Failing dental work: Loose fillings or crowns make teeth vulnerable to potential decay and puts gums at risk of infection.
  • Gum Pain and Bleeding: Excessive bleeding from the gums can be a serious dental issue, especially if it is accompanied by pain. This could be a sign of gingivitis or periodontal disease. If the gums are swollen and there is pus, that could mean an infection. Bleeding from the mouth, especially if it is persistent or severe, should be evaluated by a dentist as soon as possible. This is especially true if there are severe cuts to the tongue or gums due to eating or an injury. 

Dr. Ryan L. Cooper and Dr. Charles S. Danna can alleviate your pain, diagnose the source of your problem, and restore your oral health. They are gentle and compassionate, keeping you informed while giving you quality care.

Handling Common Pediatric Dental Emergencies

When your little one faces a dental emergency, it can feel overwhelming. Don’t worry; we’re here for you at Suncreek Dental, ready to stop the distress and restore your child’s beautiful smile. Here are a few situations you might encounter and some immediate steps you can take:

  • Knocked-out Tooth: We know this can be scary! Try to recover the tooth without touching the roots. Rinse it gently, avoiding any scrubbing. If it’s a permanent tooth, you can try to place it back in its socket. If you’re concerned about your child swallowing it, submerge it in a glass of milk or saliva. Then, please make your way to our clinic straight away.
  • Tooth Pushed into Jawbone: It might seem serious if a tooth gets pushed upwards into the jawbone, but we can help. First, rinse your child’s mouth with cold water, apply ice packs to reduce swelling, and offer Tylenol for pain. Reach out to our clinic or proceed to the ER.
  • Displaced Tooth: When a tooth is pushed out of position, apply a cold, moist compress to the affected area. You can give your child a dose of Children’s Tylenol for the pain. Then, call us immediately, and we’ll guide you on the next steps.
  • Crown Fracture: If the visible part of your child’s tooth sustains a fracture, rinse their mouth with warm water, apply a cold, moist compress, and provide potent pain relief. Pack the tooth with a biocompatible material and visit us or the nearest ER.
  • Root Fracture and Dental Concussion: Sometimes, trauma to a tooth isn’t visible. If your child complains of discomfort after a knock to a tooth, apply a cold, moist compress and offer some pain relief. Call us, and we’ll advise you on what to do next.

For cuts or bites to the cheek, lip, or tongue, apply firm direct pressure with a clean cloth or gauze to stop bleeding. If you can’t control the bleeding, head to the ER immediately. If a broken or fractured jaw is suspected, visit the ER directly. Also, any trauma to the head should receive immediate medical attention at the ER.

Remember, we’re just a phone call away, ready to guide you through these situations, leading your child back to comfort and health.

Dental Items for First-Aid Kits

Dental emergencies are commonplace. You can stay prepared against emergencies by keeping these dental items in your first aid kit:

  • Gauze, when applied with pressure, can help stop bleeding
  • Orajel® for topical relief
  • Pain reliever, like ibuprofen
  • Dental adhesive to temporarily secure loose crowns
  • Ice packs to prevent swelling and alleviate pain

Quick and Effective Emergency Dental Care   

Whether you are a long-time or first-time visitor to our dental practice, our door is open to all residents of Littleton and the nearby communities.