How Is An Urgent Dental Care Office Different Than A Regular Dentist?

how do I know if I have a dental emergency? Lone Tree

How is an urgent care dentist different than a regular dentist?

Both dentists perform general dental procedures. But an urgent care practice does more.

5 ways urgent care dental practices are different:

  1. They are open after normal business hours and on the weekends
  2. They provide same-day treatment and pain relief
  3. They treat walk-in patients without an appointment
  4. They have special equipment (like CEREC) to create restorations in one visit
  5. They have professionals trained to treat urgent dental emergencies

So what is a serious dental problem?

Let’s discuss tooth problems that shouldn’t wait.

7 Urgent Dental Problems

  1. A deep mouth or gum laceration
  2. A knocked-out tooth
  3. A broken tooth
  4. An abscess in your gum or tooth
  5. A severe toothache or intense mouth pain
  6. A tooth that suddenly feels loose
  7. A large crack in a tooth

What can wait until Monday?

  1. A lost porcelain crown
  2. A small break in a tooth
  3. A mild toothache

What if I’m not sure if my urgent dental issue needs to be seen immediately?

Call our office at the number listed below. We will counsel you on the best course of action.

What can happen if I don’t get immediate care for a dental issue?

  1. You could need more costly treatment down the road
  2. If you have an infection, it could spread to other parts of your body
  3. If you have an abscess in a tooth root and don’t get a root canal, you may have to give up the tooth

If there isn’t an urgent office open, should I go to the ER?

Most emergency departments don’t have a dentist on staff. An ER physician can provide antibiotics and painkillers. Medical doctors can stitch mouth lacerations. But they don’t fill cavities, perform root canals, or extract teeth.

Additionally, an ER charges WAY more than an urgent care dental practice. Even if you have health insurance, an ER copay could be significantly higher.


Contact Almeida & Bell Cosmetic, Implant & Sedation Dentistry:


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Almeida & Bell Dental – Lone Tree
8683 E Lincoln Ave Ste 200
Lone Tree, Colorado

Almeida & Bell Dental – Denver
9126 57th Ave.
Denver, Colorado


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