Dental Emergencies don't have to be stressful

Fort Collins Emergency Dentist

When it comes to oral health, many common dental problems develop gradually. However, things such as cracked or broken teeth or quickly worsening infections can flare up and cause urgent issues without warning. Dental emergencies can be as serious as any other medical problem and shouldn’t be ignored! Failing to get the care that you need, when you need it, can escalate the problem and increase the chance that you’ll experience permanent damage to your mouth and teeth. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency in the Fort Collins area, you’ll find out more about what to look for and what to do right here.

Symptoms and Services:

While dental emergencies can be caused by a whole host of issues, common symptoms that you might be experiencing include:

  • Swelling in and around the mouth and face
  • Aching tooth
  • Inflamed gums
  • Hot sensation in and around the mouth and face
  • High body temperature
  • Loss of a bridge, crown or filling
  • Pain in your mouth, teeth, sinus and/or jaw
  • Broken denture or other dental appliance
  • Broken, cracked, chipped, loose or fractured tooth

If you’re experiencing any of the common symptoms above, our Fort Collins emergency dentist services can include:

  • Treatment of infections including the draining of abscesses
  • Repairing broken or cracked teeth with a crown
  • Removing teeth that have been damaged beyond repair
  • Removing painful wisdom teeth with impacted extractions
  • Replacing a missing tooth with a dental bridge or dental prosthetics
  • Initial treatment of severe gum disease
  • Removing dental decay and treating with cavity fillings
  • Emergency root canals

This isn’t an all-inclusive list of our emergency dental services. If you’re experiencing any concern, ask us about how we can cater to your oral emergency in the Fort Collins area.

Fort Collins Emergency Dentist

Although emergencies are stressful, finding a quality Fort Collins emergency dentist doesn’t have to be! For urgent, professional dentistry care, we’re here to help. At Owens Dental, we can treat a very wide range of dental emergency situations and will focus on reducing your pain and preventing further, lasting damage. With a full range of services including sedation dentistry, we’ll make seeing to your urgent enquiry as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

If you’re concerned about the cost of seeking emergency dental assistance, we even offer a $49 special emergency exam to our non-existing customers. We also work with many dental insurers and have a savings plan for any of our uninsured patients. Because dental emergencies that aren’t seen to in a timely fashion often cause more significant problems, we generally find that treating any issues sooner rather than later is the most affordable option for our patients.

Our Fort Collins emergency dentist office can often cater to same-day appointments, extended weekend hours and after-hours care for truly pressing issues. If you’re currently experiencing severe mouth pain, have damaged a tooth or have any other emergency oral issue, call us for advice now.

Always remember, if your dental emergency is life-threatening, call 911 for immediate medical attention or go straight to the emergency room of your nearest hospital.

How Can My Fort Collins Emergency Dentist Help?

The first step in any dental emergency is to call us. We’ll ask you about how you’re currently feeling to help us to assess the urgency of your issue and may then be able to advise you on the best thing to do over the phone. We do keep some appointment slots open throughout the day so that our patients can access quality dental care exactly when they need it. You’ll then be booked in to see our Fort Collins emergency dentist at the soonest possible time.

During your emergency dental appointment, we’ll focus on treating the symptoms and cause of your immediate problem. This involves making sure that you’re as comfortable as possible, stopping all bleeding, providing a temporary or permanent cover over any holes or cracks and treating with antibiotics if necessary. We can also perform emergency extractions and root canals.

If your treatment can’t be completed on the day you initially see us, we’ll schedule another follow-up appointment to continue to address the issue. We may also recommend conducting a full dental exam with or without a routine clean at a later date to prevent any other issues that may cause you further emergency dental problems in the future.

We’re Here When You Need Us Most

Dental emergencies can happen at any time and seem like they’re almost more likely to occur when it’s the most inconvenient. Whether you’re experiencing intense pain in your mouth or your tooth has just been knocked out, sometimes dental issues can’t wait until the morning or the end of the weekend. So, because your teeth don’t know what business hours are, as your Fort Collins emergency dentist, we’re here to help at all hours.

If you’re currently experiencing a dental emergency, please call Tim Owens Dentistry on 970-377-2557.

For our existing patients, we can usually provide same-day emergency dental services during regular business hours. After hours, the on-call dentist will be in touch as soon as possible to find out more about what you’re experiencing and assess the urgency. If your case is deemed to be a true dental emergency, we’ll plan the best course of action with you over the phone. However, if the matter can wait overnight, we’ll schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible on the following day.

If you’re not currently a patient with Owens Dental, we’ll still make every attempt to meet your Fort Collins emergency dental needs. Please note, sometimes we’re unable to accommodate all requests and may refer you on to another provider.

How to Tell If You Need a Fort Collins Emergency Dentist

Dental problems can be uncomfortable and annoying. However, that alone doesn’t necessarily make them true dental emergencies. To assess if you think you might need a Fort Collins emergency dentist, watch for these symptoms:


Significant Tooth Damage

While minor damage to your teeth can wait until regular hours, if your tooth is coming out of its socket or large pieces have broken off, you will need emergency attention. Failing to do so could cause the nerve underneath to die which has even more severe implications such as increasing the chances of infection and the need for a root canal. However, at Owens Dental, we can secure the tooth back in place or protect it with a permanent or temporary seal to minimize any further damage.


Strong Mouth Pain

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. If you’re experiencing severe pain in your mouth that isn’t getting better, it’s more than likely that you’ll benefit from seeing an emergency Fort Collins dentist. Try taking an over-the-counter pain medication, treat with an ice pack and rinse your mouth with salt water. If your pain levels haven’t decreased within 30 minutes or are still too strong to bear, seek further help to assess the cause of the issue.


Pus or a Visible Abscess

Just like any other part of your body, your mouth and teeth can get infected. If you’re noticing pus draining from somewhere inside of your mouth or a visible abscess (swollen area that contains pus), you may need antibiotics to help your body fight a bacterial infection. Call us so that we can assess the urgency of your condition and we’ll schedule an appointment to treat the infection and follow-up by fixing the underlying cause.


Significant Swelling

Swelling is another sign of a possible inflection. Painful symptoms such as swollen gums, swelling to the face or a jaw that’s hard to move or impossible to close can indicate that you need to be seen by a Fort Collins emergency dentist sooner rather than later to be treated with an appropriate course of antibiotics.


Bleeding That Doesn’t Stop

A small amount of bleeding usually isn’t a condition that warrants a true dental emergency. But, bleeding from your mouth or teeth that’s particularly strong or doesn’t stop within a few minutes, could cause a more significant issue from blood loss. If you’re bleeding rapidly, call 911 or go straight to the emergency department of your nearest hospital. If the bleeding is more minor but doesn’t decline, call us for further advice.


How to Handle Dental Emergencies

In a dental emergency, acting in the right manner from the very start can make a huge difference to your comfort levels and the eventual outcome. Regardless of the nature of your problem, it’s always important to stay calm and try to reduce any anxiety felt by the patient.

Here you’ll find some generic information about how to deal with some of the most common dental complains. Please note that this advice isn’t specific to your situation and, therefore, shouldn’t replace proper, tailored medical advice.



For a toothache, rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. Then, use dental floss to gently ensure that there isn’t any food lodged near the sore tooth. A cold pack can be applied to the outside of your mouth to reduce swelling and pain.


Broken or Chipped Teeth

If your teeth are broken or chipped, always try to save any loose pieces. Rinse your mouth with warm water and check again for more dislodged pieces. A sterile piece of gauze should be applied firmly over any bleeding areas until the bleeding stops. A cold pack may also be useful to apply to the outside of the mouth to reduce swelling and relieve any pain. Contact us as soon as possible.


Lost Tooth

Teeth that have been completely knocked out should always be retrieved if possible. Hold the lost tooth by the part that’s usually exposed in your mouth and rinse it to remove any dirt. Be careful not to scrub the tooth or remove any attached tissue. Try to gently ease the tooth back into place, making sure that it’s facing the right way. However, it’s important that you don’t force the tooth back into the socket. If you can’t replace the tooth, put it into a small container and cover it with milk or water mixed with table salt if milk isn’t on hand. Call your emergency dentist as soon as possible. We’ll have the greatest chance of saving your tooth if it’s seen to within 1 hour.


Partially Dislodged Tooth

Partially dislodged teeth must be seen to straight away. Do not try to remove the loose tooth. Instead, apply a cold pack to the outside of the mouth to reduce swelling and pain and keep your mouth closed and clean. Seek immediate attention.


Lost Filling or Crown

In situations where a filling or a crown has come off, call your dental office to make an appointment to have your capping fixed as soon as possible. To reduce pain, crowns can be slipped back over the tooth if possible. Never use super glue to try to secure a lost filling or crown.


Abscess or Infection

An abscess is simply an infection that commonly occurs around the root of a tooth. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the surrounding teeth or other parts of the body. Because of this, it’s important to be seen by an emergency dentist as soon as possible if you notice a painful and swollen, pimple-like lump on your gums. In the meantime, it can be useful to rinse your mouth with a mild solution of salt and warm water several times a day.


Why Choose Dr. Owens as Your Fort Collins Emergency Dentist?

Visiting the dentist can be a stressful event, especially if it’s an emergency situation. Here at Owens Dental, our experienced Fort Collins emergency dentist will try to make your experience as pleasant as possible by quickly and accurately assessing your condition to treat it with the best permanent or temporary fix that’s possible.

Give yourself the best chance of having a positive outcome of your dental emergency by seeking specialist care from our Fort Collins emergency dentist services.

For questions or appointment inquiries, call us now!

Fort Collins Emergency Dental Treatment

Dental emergencies are treated according to the situation and its severity. Infection and inflammation may require antibiotics and restoration of the damaged tooth. A filling or crown may be used to repair chips or breaks. Although treatment varies, our goal in treating dental emergencies is always to resolve pain as quickly as possible!

Are you nervous about receiving treatment for your dental emergency? Ask about our sedation options.

Are you hesitating because of how much your visit will cost? We have an Emergency Exam Special to help make emergency care more accessible. In addition, if treatment is required we work with many dental insurances and offer the TO Savings Plan for patients who don’t have insurance.

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