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Emergency Dental Care Delivered Quickly to Get You Back to Health

Murphy Dental in Fort Collins, CO provides a full range of dental emergency care and same-day emergency dentistry services. If you are experiencing a dental emergency after suffering a dental trauma, or if you’re experiencing pain, don’t wait – call us today!

Our Fort Collins Dentist, Dr. Murphy will do everything he can to provide you with the emergency dental treatment you need to provide you with relief and get your smile back.

Our Emergency Dentistry Exam

As part of our emergency dental service, we offer a $50 emergency patient exam which includes an x-ray and diagnosis from a dentist at our Fort Collins dental office. This fee is waived should you choose to have emergency dental care treatment immediately after the exam.
With this exam, Dr. Murphy will be able to identify the source of your tooth pain and come up with a plan to effectively treat your dental problem.

Emergency Dental Care in Comfort

We understand that you may be experiencing severe pain. As a Fort Collins emergency dentist, it is our priority to address that dental pain and keep you as comfortable as possible while you undergo any needed dental procedure used to address your dental emergency. As a patient at our dental practice, you’ll have the choice between oral sedation or iv conscious sedation if desired – both of which will allow you to comfortably relax during your treatment appointments. We offer Nitrous oxide for immediate anxiety relief for any patient. We also apply a local anesthetic to the problem areas to keep you from sensing pain.

What to do in a Dental Emergency

First – call our office immediately for any advice, we will make you a priority and ensure your anxiety, pain, and financial burdens are taken care of by our amazing team! A dental emergency needs to be handled by dental professionals.
In the meantime, if you’re experiencing any dental discomfort or one of the common dental emergencies listed below, here’s what you should do:


If you’re experiencing a severe toothache, call us even if you don’t know why. Experience has shown that severe tooth pain almost always has an underlying cause that needs to be addressed.

An extremely painful toothache is highly unlikely to go away without treatment. As with most dental emergencies, the longer the pain persists, the more damage can be done to your teeth. This can result in more complicated (and expensive) dental procedures.
Don’t wait to make the call to our office.

Broken tooth or chipped tooth

If you’ve broken or chipped your tooth, you can rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the area to reduce swelling. Depending on the location of the tooth and various factors; such as if the tooth was previously crowned or a root canal tooth, an implant, or baby tooth etc.. will depend on the type of immediate treatment recommended. Please do not hesitate to call and we can troubleshoot over the phone to get you started.
The fix for a broken or chipped tooth will vary greatly based on the status of the initial tooth that was broken and the extent of the chip, break or crack. Waiting can only make things worse.

Knocked-out Tooth

One of the more unfortunate and painful dental injuries is getting a tooth knocked out – usually due to trauma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, you need to act within 30 minutes to have a reasonable chance of saving your tooth.

You’ll want to take your tooth and rinse it off. Note that you never want to touch the root of your tooth – only the crown. Note that the crown of your tooth is the part that you see when you look into your mouth. The root is below your gum line and should never be touched.
If possible, you’ll want to put the tooth back in the socket as quickly as possible to give the tissues in your mouth a chance to re-attach and stabilize the tooth.
If you’re unable to get your tooth back in the socket, you must keep it moist. Put it in a bag with your own saliva or milk. We have emergency availability and can attempt to save the tooth.

Lost filling

Dental fillings tend to come loose when you’re eating. The typical lifespan of a filling is about 15 years, so it isn’t unusual for a filling to become dislodged. Call our office as soon as possible for an emergency dental appointment.
Rinse your mouth with warm salt water and gargle to kill any bacteria in your mouth to help prevent your exposed tooth from getting infected. The longer you wait without seeing our dentist, the greater the chance of infection and more serious dental complications.
If you’re experiencing pain, use an ice pack to keep the swelling down and take the edge off of your discomfort. You can even use anbesol or a similar topical oral pain reliever.
We should be able to see you quickly and get your tooth taken care of. In the meantime, avoid food and drink. If you must eat, avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where you lost the filling. Never place over the counter filling material in place of the lost filling, this may cause an infection in the tooth.

Something Caught Between Teeth

We all get things stuck between our teeth sometimes. Usually, this doesn’t turn into an emergency situation. Many times, the object will eventually become “unstuck” on its own.
However, if you find that you can’t dislodge the object with gentle brushing or flossing you may have a problem. Especially if the object doesn’t naturally work its way out.
Never use anything other than floss or a toothbrush to try to move the object. Using sharp pointy objects can do damage to the soft tissue of your gums and create additional dental health problems.

Dislodged Crown

If you’ve lost a crown, find it and put it aside. Bring it to your emergency dental exam where our dentist will inspect both the crown and the underlying tooth. It may be possible for our dentist to fix any underlying problems and put the crown back on your tooth.
When a crown does come off your tooth, it will probably happen while you’re eating. Oftentimes a crown will come loose due to advanced decay of the tooth. Other times, the crown is old and just needs to be replaced.
Crowns – like most dental work – don’t last forever. They typically will last only about 15 years or so.
It may be possible for our dentist to put the crown back in place once any issues with the underlying tooth (like tooth decay) are addressed.
The tooth upon which the crown sits may be extremely sensitive with the crown dislodged. Avoid eating or drinking anything hot, cold or sticky and don’t chew on that side of the mouth.

What Happens if I Swallow My Dental Crown or Filling?

As long as you swallowed your filling or crown (and didn’t inhale it) there shouldn’t be any issues. The crown won’t cause any internal damage and will usually pass within about 72 hours.

How Will I Pay for My Emergency Dental Services?

We make it extremely easy for our patients to pay for much needed dental care. We accept dental insurance and are a participating dentist (in network) for most major carriers. We also have a reasonably priced in house dental plan – and we accept Vardi/CareCredit financing. We will go beyond to make this the least of your worries. The emergency appointment for diagnostics is only a 50 dollar fee, for those who don’t have insurance.

Common Dental Emergencies We Treat

We treat every conceivable possible dental emergency in our Fort Collins office in order to bring you back to oral health. Below are some of the more common dental emergencies our emergency dentist can treat. Note that this is not a comprehensive list. If you’re currently experiencing a dental emergency, call us now – (970) 225-8081.

Cracked Teeth

According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, a cracked tooth can occur due to a variety of factors.  Biting down on hard food or objects, accidents and grinding (bruxism) can all be contributing factors. In most cases, the quicker you act to get dental care, the higher the likelihood your tooth can be repaired.  Waiting too long can potentially result in more costly – and more invasive dental procedures.

Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns are highly effective at fortifying and protecting weakened or damaged teeth.  Unfortunately on very rare occasions they can become loose or even fall off of your tooth.  If you think you need a crown, or if your crown has become loose or dislodged, call our office for immediate treatment.

Root Canals

If your tooth is infected, you may be in need of a root canal in order to not only preserve the infected tooth – but also to prevent the infection from surrounding teeth.  Left untreated, an infected tooth may need to be extracted – which can result in a major loss of overall tooth function – and the need to replace the extracted tooth.

Tooth Extraction

Sometimes a permanent tooth is in such poor condition that protecting the tooth with a crown or saving the tooth with a root canal is no longer viable.  In these cases a tooth extraction may become necessary.

Emergency Dental Videos from the ADA

Below is a video from the American Dental Association that explain how to prevent dental emergencies as well as what you should do if you’re experiencing a dental emergency.

Preventing Dental Emergencies (courtesy of the ADA)

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Current Specials & Services

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Comprehensive Dental Exam

- Full Mouth X-Rays
- Panoramic X-Rays
- Comprehensive Oral Exam

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Emergency Exam

Emergency Exam (Problem-Focused) and X-Ray for Diagnosis: $50.00**

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Multiple Whitening Options

- Zoom!® In-Office Whitening with Take-Home Trays for $450
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- Better Technology Than X-Rays
- For Implants, Impacted Teeth, Surgical Procedures

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Welcome from Dr. Murphy

About Dr. Murphy

We are excited to welcome you to Murphy Dental! Our goal is to provide excellent care and a relaxing environment for our patients. Whether you are looking for a routine checkup, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dentistry or restorative care, we can help!

We offer general dentistry, including cleanings, exams, X-rays, fillings, crowns and more. We also can provide restorative care, including endodontics, implantology and periodontics. We take pride in offering outstanding service at affordable prices.

Dr. Murphy is our Fort Collins Dentist. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Colorado Dental Association (CDA). Our Fort Collins dental practice is consistently rated as a Top Dentist in 5280 Magazine thanks to Dr. Murphy and his skilled team of dental hygienists.

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(970) 225-8081


2038 Caribou Dr. Suite 101
Fort Collins, CO 80525


We’re located on Caribou Dr just west of Timberline Ave – north of Harmony Road and South of Horsetooth Road. For full directions click here.

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