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Let Us Help You With Dental Emergencies

Whether you break a tooth or have a toothache, call us ASAP for dental emergencies in Colorado Springs. We’ll work you into our schedule as soon as we can. In over 30 years of practicing dentistry, Dr. Craig Sommer has handled countless emergencies, so he’ll know exactly what to do.

In addition to an experienced dentist, you’ll find:

  • A caring team who knows how to make you comfortable
  • A wide range of restorative care for repairing damaged smiles
  • The option of receiving laughing gas to lessen your anxiety
  • Comforting amenities like pillows and blankets

Understandably, you may feel anxious if you’re experiencing a dental emergency. If so, you can receive laughing gas, which will relax you quickly when you breathe it in through a mask worn over your nose. Unlike some other methods of relaxation, it also wears off quickly. You’ll feel alert, not groggy, following your treatment.

If you need help with an emergency situation, call us at 719-632-3591. Program our number into your phone to save time in an emergency where the timing of treatment may be critical. Our Dental Savings Club covers the cost of one emergency exam a year, along with your annual exams and cleanings. Plus, you’ll save on other treatments too.

Improve Outcomes by Knowing What to Do in a Dental Emergency

You can help us make your emergency dental care more effective by taking the appropriate steps for these common emergencies until you’re able to see Dr. Sommer:

  • Knocked-Out Tooth – Call us right away. The sooner you can see us, the better the chance that Dr. Sommer will be able to reinsert your tooth into its socket. Do not touch the tooth’s roots. Keep the tooth in your mouth, if possible. If not, put it in a container of milk or saliva to transport to our office. Use ice for pain relief
  • Broken Tooth – Collect the pieces of broken tooth so you can bring them with you. Reduce pain and swelling with ice
  • Toothache – We’ll want to see you as soon as possible since dental pain may indicate a serious problem. Rinse your mouth with warm water, use ice to reduce swelling, and take an over-the-counter pain reliever if needed. We suggest acetaminophen or ibuprofen instead of aspirin

For help with dental emergencies in Colorado Springs, call Springs Dentist at 719-632-3591. For a non-emergency need, you also have the option to request an appointment online.

Common Questions
About Dental Emergencies


Can I go to the ER for dental emergencies?

You can go to the ER if you’re experiencing dental distress such as a toothache or a broken tooth. However, with no dentist on staff, you won’t actually be able to get treatment for your problem and will still need to visit a dentist afterward. They can prescribe antibiotics if you have a fever or other signs of infection. If you are unable to stop bleeding at home, they can help with that as well.

What is considered a dental emergency?

When in doubt, it is always best to bring your concerns to us. Our team will get right to work on reducing your pain and finding a solution to your unanticipated oral health dilemma. For example, if you have had a tooth knocked out, call us right away. The earlier you get here, the more likely it is that Dr. Sommer will be able to reinsert your tooth into its socket.

Can I treat dental emergencies without insurance?

Yes. We accept cash, check, credit cards, and a third-party financing plan. Plus our Springs Dentist Savings Club covers the cost of one emergency exam a year, if needed. If you have any questions or concerns about paying for your dental health care, please contact our Colorado Springs office ahead of time to discuss your payment options. If you do carry insurance, we can help you better understand your benefits and even file claims for you.

What are some common dental emergencies?

There are few emergencies that Dr. Sommers hasn’t seen over his many years of practice. Some are certainly more common than others. Emergencies that we see often include toothaches caused by a cavity or an infection, cracked teeth, broken teeth, and broken dental restorations. In most cases, we’re able to resolve all these situations with restorative dentistry.