Emergency Dental Care in Aurora, CO

Serving the Aurora, CO community

Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, and they frequently occur when it's not convenient. You might be out to dinner with friends when suddenly a tooth breaks or a filling falls out.

If you have experienced an injury, broken tooth, infection, or toothache, we might need to see you immediately. Listed below are some common questions we hear about dental emergencies. This is just an overview, so don't hesitate to contact Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics at (303) 627-5755 for an emergency dental appointment. We’ll listen to your concerns and assess whether we need to see you right away or if you can wait until our next available appointment.


How do I know if I have a dental emergency?

young man with a dental emergency in aurora coDo you think that your dental problem might be an emergency? Give Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics a call right away. We can talk you through the situation, and if necessary, Dr. Chen will do his best to see you on that very same day. Give us a call!

Emergency Dentistry Services near Centennial, CO

Dr. John Chen and the team at Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics are here for just about any dental emergency you face.

Common emergency dental problems we treat at our Aurora dental office are:

  • Broken tooth
  • Chipped tooth
  • Lost dental crown
  • Lost filling
  • Toothache
  • Root canal infection
  • Severe tooth decay

When you have an urgent situation, we’ll provide the treatment you need. As an experienced emergency dentist in Aurora, Dr. John Chen will make sure you get the proper care to relieve your discomfort and restore your oral health.

If you have a tooth that has been broken, loosened, or knocked out from a blow to the face, call your Aurora emergency dentist right away, and we’ll arrange to see you as soon as possible. In some cases, getting immediate care can mean the difference between saving your tooth or losing it

Call your Aurora emergency dentist at (303) 627-5755, and we’ll arrange to see you as soon as possible.

What are some common emergency dental procedures you perform?

Since the most common dental emergency we see are toothaches, Dr. Chen routinely places tooth-colored fillings. He will investigate the problem, and if you have a cavity, he’ll remove the decay and fill the tooth to restore your oral health.

The cause of many toothaches is an infected root canal. If this is the case, Dr. Chen will perform emergency root canal treatment. This procedure eliminates the infection and your discomfort and saves a tooth that we might otherwise need to extract.

Dental injuries like chipped or broken teeth are standard with our active patients! We occasionally see a knocked-out tooth, which is one of the most critical dental emergencies. There are just a couple of hours in which we can hope to replace the tooth successfully. Call our Aurora dental office, and we’ll arrange to see you right away.

Is a lost dental crown an emergency?

emergency dentistry in aurora coWhile losing a dental crown is usually not an urgent situation, we do need to see you as soon as you can get to our office conveniently. We don’t want the tooth to suffer any further damage that might make it impossible to reuse the existing crown.

Dr. Chen also needs to check and see why the crown came off in the first place. In many cases, underlying decay breaks the seal of the cement that holds your dental crown in place. If this is the reason your crown came off, Dr. Chen will treat the decay, and we will probably need to design a new dental crown for you.

Can I get an emergency appointment if I’m not a patient?

We know how a dental emergency can turn your life upside down, so we welcome your call even if you are not a regular patient with Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Orthodontics.

Our dental team will listen to your concerns so they can understand the extent of the problem. If you’re in pain and we determine that you need emergency dental treatment, we’ll get you on the schedule right away. Otherwise, we’ll give you instructions for handling your emergency and then schedule you for our next available appointment.

If you are unsure about how urgent your situation is, please contact our office and we can walk you through the next steps.

I have a toothache. What’s going on?

Most dentists would agree that a toothache is one of the most common dental emergencies. But dental pain is never normal, especially when it makes it difficult or impossible to go about your daily routine.

A toothache may be mild when it starts, but if it escalates quickly, it might be a sign that there is an infection deep within the tooth root. When the pulp of the tooth becomes infected, we need to remove the inflamed material, and Dr. Chen will probably recommend a root canal.

A mild toothache could indicate that you've lost a filling or have a filling that has become fractured so your tooth suddenly feels sensitive. This is a situation where you might be able to wait unless the discomfort is particularly bad.

What if I need an emergency tooth extraction?

Since the goal of dentistry is to preserve your teeth for as long as possible, extraction is never our first choice. Dr. Chen will do everything possible to try to save a damaged tooth. But if he exhausts all other options, he would recommend emergency tooth extraction at our Aurora dental office.

Some situations where extraction might be necessary are:

  • A tooth has fractured below the gum line and can’t be saved
  • Decay is so severe that we can't save the tooth with a crown or filling
  • A root canal infection has spread to the extent that treatment won’t be enough to save the tooth

We can assure you that we won’t recommend removing a tooth unless it’s the best option for protecting your remaining teeth and your oral health in general.

When should I go to the emergency room instead?

man during emergency dentistry exam in aurora coTrauma, such as a blow to the face or an automobile accident, might mean an emergency visit to the dentist. However, if you are bleeding excessively, have passed out, or your trauma involves injury to your jaw or face, please call 911 or have someone drive you to the nearest emergency immediately.

What can I do to prevent dental emergencies?

Not all dental emergencies are preventable, but many can be because one of the leading causes of dental emergencies is avoiding regular visits to the dentist. Prevention is critical and offers a way for your dentist to detect dental issues before they grow into emergency problems. Routine trips to your dentist for preventive care are the best way to minimize emergencies.

What if it’s been a while since my last appointment?

If you are anxious about routine visits to the dentist, or if it's been a while since your last visit, rest assured that you will receive no judgments from our welcoming team. Let us know about your anxiety when you make your appointment, and we will be sure to treat you gently, so you can feel relaxed when you are with us.