Posted by: In: News 02 Aug 2016 0 comments

Summer in Boulder is all about outdoor activities like climbing, hiking, swimming, and biking. It’s what we love about the town, isn’t it? Unfortunately, with these outdoor activities comes some risk for injury. In fact, we’re seeing more patients coming in with chipped, broken, or even knocked-out teeth from outdoor sports, especially after a bike crash. With a few simple tips and precautions, we can help you recover from a tooth injury and be back outdoors in no time.

What to do if you knock out a tooth

mountain-bikeIt’s surprisingly easy to get a tooth knocked out while playing any sport. If this happens to you or someone you’re with, the keys are to be gentle and fast.

The tooth and gap in the mouth should be treated very carefully. There has been damage to the nerve, blood vessels, and supporting tissues in the mouth from a tooth being knocked out. With a wet cloth or paper towel, try to stop any bleeding in the mouth by holding firm, but gentle, pressure to the area.

Find the tooth that’s been knocked out and take great care with it. A knocked out tooth is fragile and should be handled delicately to help it survive. Don’t touch the root of the tooth just hold it by the crown or upper part. Rinse it lightly with water but don’t wipe it with a cloth or fabric.

Keep the tooth moist. Ideally, you can try and slip the tooth back into the socket making sure it’s the right way around and is straight. If this isn’t possible, put the tooth in your mouth between gum and cheek. If these options aren’t doable, place it in a cup, preferably with saliva or in water or milk.

Now it’s time for speed. To improve the chance of saving the tooth, get the tooth and the patient to the dentist as soon as possible, preferably within an hour of the accident. Upon examination of the injury site and the state of the tooth, the dentist can decide how best to proceed. Often a root canal is needed to help the tooth reestablish itself successfully into the mouth.

What to do if you chip or loosen a tooth

Most dental injuries from bike crashes are chipped teeth, but you can definitely knock a tooth loose if you crash your bike. Either way, it’s possible to save the tooth with a few fast actions on your part!

If you chip a tooth, try and find the broken piece. We have ways that we can help repair the broken tooth with the original piece and can try a save the whole tooth. Be careful with the broken piece as even the chipped part of the tooth is fragile. Because it will probably be small, put it in a cup or water bottle to keep it moist. If you can’t find the chipped piece, don’t worry too much – there are ways your dentist can rebuild or crown a chipped tooth.

If you knock a tooth loose, gently push it back into the socket. Apply firm pressure and don’t keep wiggling it as this could damage the root or nerves and tissues even further.

The final fast action is to get to your dentist! Only your dentist can determine the extent of the damage and start the process of working to repair or save your tooth.

Steps to avoid teeth and mouth injuries

Almost any bike crash, whether road or mountain biking, can affect the mouth and face. We frequently see patients who have lost control and gone over the handlebars resulting in a dental injury, often to the front teeth. There are ways to prevent dental injuries while still getting out there to enjoy the bike paths and mountain trails!

Mouth GuardA helmet is a must for bike riding because of the high speeds possible and the potential impact of a crash. Get a helmet you like, that is well fitted, and that is appropriate for road or mountain riding. You’ll feel great wearing something that fits well and is protecting you!

Mouth guards are another way to stay safe and avoid injury to the teeth, tongue, and lips. Today’s mouth guards are much less noticeable than years gone by, ask your dentist about a custom-fitted guard. If this isn’t an option, look for one that you boil-and-bite to make it, it’s more fitted for your mouth. A mouth guard is a good investment, which will make you feel even more confident on your bike.

While we’re pretty sure you don’t want to think about knocking out or chipping a tooth if you have a bike crash, it can happen. These simple tips on saving your teeth, the need for speed in getting to your dentist, and ways to protect your mouth will help your dental health go a long way!

Posted by: In: News 11 Jul 2016 0 comments

One of our favorite activities at North Boulder Dental Group is when we take part in the Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM) every year. This important, two-day event provides free dental services to adults, the elderly, and children in Colorado who cannot afford dental care.

The team from North Boulder Dental Group joined forces with almost 200 other volunteer dentists and hundreds of hygienists, assistants, technicians, and other volunteers, in Brush, Colorado on June 17th and 18th to serve other residents in the state with critical oral health care needs. This large-scale dental clinic offered patients dental evaluations, treatments, cleaning, fillings, root canals, and extractions all at no cost.

The quality of services donated means patients received top-rate care to alleviate pain, provide peace of mind, and allow patients who don’t otherwise have access to dental treatment to feel better. COMOM is proud that it has served more than 12,000 patients and provided almost $10 million in donated dental care.

Learn more about COMOM on their website at or consider volunteering your time for next year’s event. We can tell you – you’ll be glad you did!

We’re grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and serve patients in Boulder County. As part of the North Boulder Dental Group philosophy, we strive to not only be involved in our local area, but even more important, provide dental philanthropy to the larger Boulder County community.

This year we have continued to be active in bringing this part of our mission to life, providing over $35,000 worth of free dental services to some excellent, local organizations!

Give Kids a Smile

north-boulder-dental-give-kids-a-smileThis national program is sponsored by the American Dental Association and provides underserved children with free oral health services. We’re big believers in the importance of dental care from a young age and how it can pave a path to lifelong wellness.

In 2015, our practice was able to help directly several children in the Boulder Valley School District. By working with Give Kids a Smile, we were able to provide over $2200 worth of free dental care and help start these kids on the right road to good oral health!

Colorado Mission of Mercy

Colorado-Mission-of-Mercy-logo-squareAn important organization that serves the state’s residents, Colorado Mission of Mercy provides free dental services to people of all ages who cannot afford or don’t have access to quality dental care. Services are available in a large-scale clinic environment at special events held during the year.

We were proud to be part of this year’s large clinic event held in August and serve many patients in need of dental services. The clinic, overall, serves thousands of people over a two-day period providing cleanings, fillings, temporary dental appliances, extractions, and more.

boulder-shelter-for-the-homeless-logo-squareBoulder Shelter for the Homeless

North Boulder Dental Group continues to be a supporter of homeless services and shelters in Boulder County. In particular, our dentists actively participate and support clients of Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. Providing shelter, food, and support services with dignity, we have been proud to offer dental services during the year for this organization.

Dental Lifeline Network

Dental Lifeline Network - North Boulder Dental GroupAs part of a national organization, Dental Lifeline Network Colorado is a volunteer network of dentists in Colorado, supported by a range of organizations, charitable trusts, and foundations. This year we have been able to join this network to provide free dental services for patients where other options simply don’t exist.

It’s been a good year for our practice and made better by being able to give back to such a terrific community. We look forward to continuing our commitment to dental philanthropy for years to come!

Posted by: In: News 15 Dec 2015 0 comments


“North Boulder Dental Group is proud to welcome Stephanie Nielsen, D.D.S., to its practice. The addition of Dr. Nielsen brings the office to five dentists, allowing it to expand services while ensuring personalized care for its growing number of patients.

“Stephanie is an excellent addition to our team,” said Robert Murphy, D.D.S. and senior partner at North Boulder Dental Group. “Not only does she offer experience and skill in dentistry, but she also embodies the overall mission of the practice with her involvement in the community.”

stephanie-nielson-dds-boulder-dentistDr. Nielsen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and received her dental degree from the University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine. In addition to her range of dental service expertise, Dr. Nielsen is an active member in the Boulder community volunteering with a number of local non-profit organizations and is a member of the Colorado Dental Association and the Boulder/Broomfield County Dental Society.

Stephanie Nielsen, D.D.S. joins Robert Murphy, D.D.S.; Paul Sica, D.M.D; Julie Brown, D.D.S; and David Welden, D.D.S. at the dental office. The mission of North Boulder Dental Group is two-fold: provide indisputable, high quality, and personalized care and services to each patient, and give back to the Boulder community in which the dentists both practice and live.

“I wanted to join the North Boulder Dental Group because it has a reputation for taking great care of patients and for treating each other well,” said Dr. Nielsen. “I appreciate the collaboration between all the dentists and staff in order to provide the best possible care for our patients.”

North Boulder Dental Group has provided high-quality and tailored dental care for families in the area for over 30 years. All dentists in the office work to understand individual patient dental needs and use state-of-the-art materials and equipment to achieve these personal goals.

Services are comprehensive and range from ongoing preventative care to emergency dentistry services. Patients of all ages count on the dental checkup and cleaning services to prevent cavities, avoid gum disease, whiten teeth, and boost overall health. Composite fillings and sealant services provide further pre-emptive dental care to ensure the ongoing health of each tooth. Advanced services, such as crowns, bridges, porcelain veneers, and dental implants, are also available to provide natural-looking improvements for stained, chipped, decayed, or broken teeth.

The dentists at North Boulder Dental Group take their role and engagement in the community seriously. Each dentist has donated considerable pro-bono dental work for a range of non-profit organizations including Boulder Homeless Shelter, Give Kids a Smile, Dental Lifeline Network, and Colorado Mission of Mercy. The professionals in the practice understand the important role dental health and esthetics play in both overall wellness and confidence in life.

“While we’ve been providing dental services for over three decades in the Boulder area,” Dr. Murphy said, “we view every day as an opportunity to give our very best to patients and the community overall.”

North Boulder Dental Group, Family Dentistry

North Boulder Dental Group is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 7:00am to 5:00pm, and Tuesdays from 7:00am to 7:00pm, and is located at 1001 North Street, Boulder, Colorado 80304. Learn more about North Boulder Dental Group at or call for an appointment (303) 447-1042.”

Posted by: In: Dental Philanthropy, News 20 May 2015 0 comments

Part of the mission of North Boulder Dental Group is to be very involved in our community. One of the ways we do this is by doing pro-bono dental work in conjunction with many organizations. These organizations include:

  • Boulder Homeless Shelter
  • Give Kids a Smile
  • Dental Lifeline Network
  •  Colorado Mission of Mercy


boulder-shelter-for-the-homelessBoulder Homeless Shelter:

North Boulder Dental helps to provide dental services to some of the clients in the Boulder Homeless Shelter Work Program. The goal is to help restore dental health and esthetics to shelter clients to further their quest for becoming employed and independent.

To find out more information about the Boulder Homeless Shelter click here:


north-boulder-dental-give-kids-a-smileGive Kids a Smile:

Is a program sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Colorado Dental Association (CDA). Every February, on a selected day, participating dental offices provide free dental services to children who cannot afford dentistry. North Boulder Dental has participated in Give Kids A Smile since its inception 2003.



To find out more information about this program click on link: