Carol Lybrook, DDS & Scott Lybrook, DMD

551 Kokopelli Blvd, Suite A | Fruita, Colorado 81521

Don’t Ignore a Dental Emergency!

A blonde woman wearing a dark hat and floral blouse covers her mouth with her hands, considering ignoring a dental emergency

You may think that a cracked or even a knocked-out tooth is no big deal and that you can wait to see a dentist at a later time, but that’s not true! Dental emergencies can be serious, and it’s important to know when you need to see our expert dental team right away and what you can do before you reach our office.

What is a Dental Emergency?

If you have nonstop oral bleeding, extreme pain in your mouth or jaw, a permanent tooth that is chipped, broken, or knocked-out, a severe toothache, or broken dentures, then you’re experiencing a dental emergency. If you’ve recently had an oral surgery procedure, make sure that you check over your post-operative instructions to determine if your emergency is related to that. When in doubt, come see us!

What Can I do to Prepare for a Dental Emergency?

It’s important to have our office’s contact information handy and accessible in case you find yourself having an emergency. Not all offices accommodate emergency situations, but Lybrook Dental Center offers prompt same-day emergency dental care. We are open Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Be sure to make a plan for where you’ll go if your dental incident occurs after our business hours or Friday through Sunday!

    Dentists: Dr. Carol Lybrook, DDS & Dr. Scott Lybrook, DMD

    Address: Lybrook Dental Center, 551 Kokopelli Blvd, Suite A, Fruita, CO 81521

    Phone #: (970)-858-9511

    Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

What Can I do at Home before coming to the office?

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, there are steps you can take to prepare for your visit to our office after you give us a call:

  • For toothaches, swish with a warm saltwater rinse and floss to dislodge any pesky food particles. Don’t ignore a persistent toothache, as a delay will allow a possible deep cavity or a tooth infection to get worse.
  • Ice painful or swollen cheeks in 10 minute increments.
  • Handle a knocked-out tooth only by the crown (the chewing surface) and keep it moist in a glass of milk to help keep it mineralized and prepared for possible reattachment.
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How Can I Prevent a Dental Emergency?

There are a few simple ways to prevent a dental emergency.

  • Brush and floss daily to keep your mouth healthy and to decrease your risk of developing gum disease and therefore painful, swollen, or bleeding gums.
  • If you play contact sports, always wear an athletic mouthguard to protect your smile.
  • If you grind or clench your teeth at night, wear a nightguard.

Call us ASAP!

Don’t panic if you experience a dental emergency. Call Lybrook Dental at 970-858-9511 immediately and we’ll get you in our office for treatment as soon as possible!

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