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If you have a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped tooth or exposed root causing severe pain, call Mile High Smiles today at 303-232-1830. We have the most available Lakewood, Colorado emergency dentists.

Avoid using an Emergency Dentist! By taking a preventative approach to your Dental health, you can avoid exorbitant dental expenses when your Dental Health has regressed to Emergency status. The current price of a complete Dental Reconstruction averages $63,000!

Text: Did you that the first toothbrushes were actually tree twigs? By chewing on the tips of twigs, people were able to spread the fibers out and clean their teeth.

Many people don’t see a dentist on a regular basis. They go only when they feel they have a problem.

At Mile High Smiles we call this “crisis treatment” as opposed to “preventive treatment”.

While these patients may feel they are saving money, it usually ends up costing much more in both dollars and time. The reason for this is that most dental problems don’t have any symptoms until they reach the advanced stages.

An example is tooth decay. At Mile High Smiles we hear all the time, “Nothing hurts… I don’t have any problems”. But tooth decay doesn’t hurt! Until, that is, it gets close to the nerve of the tooth. Then a root canal and crown are usually necessary, instead of the small filling, which could have been placed several years ago when the cavity was small.

We can usually detect a cavity 3-4 years before it may develop any symptoms. It is not uncommon to see a patient with a tremendous cavity and they have never felt a thing!

Text: George Washington’s dentures were made of gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth!

Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency Dental Care

What are the signs of a dental emergency?

While pain and discomfort often occur during a dental emergency, these symptoms don’t always indicate one. Intense pain, loose, broken, or missing teeth, and bleeding typically signify an emergency. Also, if your pain was the result of direct trauma, you likely have a dental emergency.

Do you see children?

Absolutely! If your child faces a dental emergency, you can count on us to help. We specialize in dental emergencies for children and adults.

What should I do to help a toothache?

If you have a toothache, take an anti-inflammatory medication like Aleve or ibuprofen to relieve the pain. Then, call us to schedule an appointment.

Can dental emergencies be prevented?

Some dental emergencies are inevitable. However, some can be avoided by brushing and flossing your teeth every day, visiting the dentist every six months or so for a routine exam and wearing a mouthguard while playing contact sports like football or lacrosse.

What should I do if I have an injury inside of my mouth?

Lacerations, puncture wounds, and tears to the cheeks, mouth, and lips are tissue injuries that are considered dental emergencies. If you face a tissue injury, be sure to thoroughly clean the area with warm water and place pressure on the wound with gauze before you visit our office.

Text: Hesi-Re is the earliest dentist we know of. His history dates back to over 5,000 years ago in Egypt.

How will a missing tooth be replaced?

There are a number of tooth replacement options available. Your needs, preferences, and budget will help you select the ideal option for you. Dental implant, crowns, bridges, and dentures are several of the treatment we may recommend.

How to prepare for a dental emergency?

Unfortunately, a dental emergency can occur when you least expect it so it’s a good idea to be prepared. We recommend creating a first aid kit that features things like a small container with a lid, gauze, the name and phone number of our office, and Acetaminophen.

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