After Hours Emergency Treatment
“After Hours” or “Is it an emergency?”
No pain to Moderate Pain:
It is normal if you have sensitivity with a recently “off” crown. If you are not in moderate to severe pain, keep the area clean, and avoid eating on that side. Leave a message on our general answering machine and arrive at the office first thing the next business day. Please save your crown and bring it with you to your appointment in case it can be re-cemented.
Temporary Crown off:
It is normal if your tooth feels sensitive when a temporary crown is off. If you are not in moderate to severe pain then keep the area clean, and avoid eating on that side. If you still have the crown, please save it and bring it to your appointment.
Throbbing tooth and/or swelling:
If pain is mild to moderate, take 800mg Ibuprofen up to 3x per day. Please call and leave a message with our answering machine and arrive at the office first thing the next working day (T-F).
If you are not in pain, please keep area clean. Please call 303-442-4437 and leave a message and we will call you back to schedule an appointment or leave a message and arrive at 8am the next open business day and we will work you in.
Rinse with warm salt water, avoid alcohol, carbonation and spicy foods. Please call 303-442-4437 and schedule an appointment to be seen.
If you are not in pain, please keep area clean. Please call 303-442-4437 and leave a message and we will call you back to schedule an appointment or leave a message and arrive at 8am the next open business day and we will work you in. If you have mild to moderate pain, you can get oil of clove from the grocery store or dental wax to cover tooth for immediate relief.
Recent Extraction pain:
It is not uncommon for a recent extraction area to be sore and even have moderate pain. This can continue for 3-5 days. This is due to swelling after the extraction from the bodies natural healing process. Please take either 800mg Ibuprofen up to 3x per day or 500mg Tylenol 4x per day.
If you are in severe pain, it is the weekend, and Ibuprofen is not helping, and you are a patient of record with the dentist Boulder Co trusts, then you may call our after hours line (1-720-295-9231). Leave a detailed message with type of pain, location in mouth and duration. Someone will get back to you as soon as they can. If a doctor has to come in after hours, there will be an emergency fee.
Post Surgical Care-
After your surgery, it is important for your body’s natural blood clot to form and remain to initiate the healing process. Please leave your gauze in for 30-45 minutes before removing it. You should not have to replace with new gauze unless you feel bleeding. If you do replace with new gauze, dampen the side that will be touching the surgical site with either a couple drips of water or a light smear of Vaseline to prevent the gauze from sticking. For the next 72 hours, please follow these instructions to allow proper healing and minimize delays and/or complications:
- Do not disturb the surgical site
- Do not rinse vigorously
- Do not suck on straws
- Do not smoke
- Do not drink Alcohol
- Do not drink carbonated beverages
- Do not drink or eat anything that is Hot
- Do not eat Spicy foods
- Do not brush teeth next to surgical site (for the first 24 hours)
- Do not participate in vigorous exercise
- Do not spit
If you want to gently rinse, then lean over sink and drool or whip mouth, again do not spit. It is common to experience mild to moderate pain and swelling (can last for 48-72 hours). If you were prescribed medications, please use as directed.
If you had a bone graft done, you may feel small particles in your mouth from time to time. This is normal. If you had stiches, please leave them alone as best as you can.
Drink Lots of fluids and keep to a soft nutritious diet. This can included smoothies, ice cream, mashed potatoes, and warm soups.
If after 72 hours, you are noticing increased pain and/or swelling, please call the office at 303-442-4437 and ask to speak with a dental assistant to go over possible complications.