Emergency Pediatric Dental Care in Greeley, CO

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What is Emergency Pediatric Dental Care?

Kids are always on the move, and one of the most common injuries is to the mouth! That’s why we offer emergency pediatric dental care: we’re on call for emergency situations like knocked out teeth, severe pain, or infections because we know that the faster your child gets the help they need, the quicker we can relieve them (and you!) from pain, distress, and worry.

At Greeley Kids Dental, we are prepared to provide emergency pediatric dental care no matter what the cause for kids in Greeley, CO and the surrounding area.

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So Your Emergency Doesn’t Become a Catastrophe

Not sure if your child’s pain is a pediatric dental emergency? Here’s what to watch for:

  1. Severe Pain: if over-the-counter medication recommended by your child’s pediatrician isn’t doing much to alleviate the pain, your child should be seen. Many dental problems like infections are hard to spot and may require more than Tylenol. Pus or Infection: If you see pus or red, puffy gums around the teeth, your child may have an abscess. Although rare in kids, untreated cavities can cause a dangerous infection that should be treated quickly.
  2. Extreme sensitivity: Another warning sign for infections is extreme sensitivity to either temperature or pressure. This may not warrant an emergency visit but kids experiencing extreme sensitivity should see a dentist as soon as possible.
  3. Lost tooth: If your child loses a permanent tooth, you should see your dentist as quickly as possible because the dentist may be able to save it. (Read more at the bottom of this page.)
  4. Excessive bleeding from the mouth due to an injury: Kids who are experiencing excessive bleeding should see their pediatrician immediately; they may be referred to their dentist for additional care afterwards.
  5. Severe ear pain: This one is often overlooked because dentists definitely don’t treat ears! However, facial nerves are incredibly close together. This means an abscessed tooth can cause pain in the ears, so it’s worth making an appointment with either a doctor or dentist if your child experiences severe ear pain.

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“They got us in same day for an emergency. The staff was kind to my son and the facility was great! They even had Disney+ so the kids can watch tv while they lay back in the chair. We will definitely be going back.”


ER or Dentist’s Office?

Did you know most emergency rooms are not equipped to handle dental emergencies?

Here’s where to go for oral emergencies:

Emergency Room

  • Cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek
  • Severe blow to the head
  • Possible broken or fractured jaw
  • Excessive bleeding from the mouth

Dental Office

  • A tooth that needs to be pulled
  • Knocked out permanent tooth/li>
  • Chipped/Fractured permanent tooth
  • Lost or cracked filling, crown, or veneer

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“Got in on short notice due to my daughter who is six having molar pain. Turns out she needed a baby root canal. The staff and doc did a wonderful job of helping my daughter through the process. And they were very helpful when I called back later to ask questions about expectations after the procedure.”


Common Pediatric Dental Emergencies


Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. If the pain still exists, contact your child's dentist. Do not place aspirin or heat on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact your dentist immediately.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Apply ice to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call a doctor or visit the hospital emergency room.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze or clean cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk, NOT water. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth (beside the cheek). The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

Knocked Out Baby Tooth

Contact your pediatric dentist. Unlike with a permanent tooth, the baby tooth should not be replanted due to possible damage to the developing permanent tooth. In most cases, no treatment is necessary.

Chipped/Fractured Permanent Tooth

Time is a critical factor, contact your pediatric dentist immediately so as to reduce the chance for infection or the need for extensive dental treatment in the future. Rinse the mouth with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth piece, bring it with you to the dentist.

Chipped/Fractured Baby Tooth

Contact your pediatric dentist.

Severe Blow to the Head

Call 911 immediately or take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw

Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.

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