Emergencies (303) 979-9500
If you ever experience a dental emergency, please contact us as soon as possible so that we may get your child scheduled to be seen that day. Occasionally emergencies occur after hours and, unlike the medical world, we are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call the office number at (303) 979.9500. If you reach the after hours voice mail, please leave a message and Dr. College will return your call in a timely fashion; she checks her voice mail frequently so please be patient. Please refer to the specific emergencies below for pointers on what you as a parent might be able to do to make your child more comfortable in the meantime. In the middle of a potentially chaotic and most likely stressful situation, please remember that staying calm yourself helps your child to stay calm. A bleeding mouth mixed with saliva looks like a whole lotta blood and no saliva, so try not to panic about the volume. There is probably less blood loss than you think.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth:
Find the tooth and pick it up only by the crown (not the root portion). You may rinse the tooth with water but DO NOT clean, scrape, or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in its socket. Have your child hold the tooth in place by biting on a cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, know that it needs to remain moist until Dr. College can reinsert it! Transport the tooth in one of the following: Emergency tooth preservation kit, milk, mouth (next to cheek). If none of these is practical, use water (with a pinch of salt, if possible).
The child must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving an avulsed tooth.
Displaced or Loose Teeth Following Trauma (a fall or a blow):
Teeth that have been hit, dislodged or displaced need to be evaluated and treated as soon as possible. Stop any bleeding with firm but gentle pressure and call our office immediately. Sometimes we can splint affected teeth to unaffected adjacent teeth to help stabilize the area.
Cracked or Broken Tooth:
Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down. Take your child to see a dentist right away. If possible, take the broken tooth fragment with you, storing it in milk, saline, or water if possible. The dentist may be able to bond the fragment to the tooth.
Clean the area of the affected tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris. If the pain still exists, contact our office. We will figure out a way to see your child the same day for an emergency evaluation if we are open, and we can sometimes help with antibiotics if coming to see us just isn’t possible. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. Topical pain relievers are often not effective. Instead, give your child an appropriate dose of children’s Tylenol or Motrin (follow dose information on the packaging). If the face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact our office immediately.
Cut or Bite on Tongue, Lip or Cheek:
Apply ice to bruised area and firm but gentle pressure with a cloth to any areas of bleeding. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to hospital emergency room. Those folks have access to plastic surgeons if and when the situation warrants.