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Should You Go to the ER for a Dental Emergency?

October 22, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbuck @ 12:49 am
Woman with toothache

If you have ever encountered a dental emergency, you know how stressful they can be. When you’re experiencing a great deal of pain and don’t know where to go, it is understandable why someone would rush straight to the emergency room instead of seeing their dentist for urgent care. Continue reading to learn more about where you should go if you are experiencing a dental emergency in Clintonville and why the ER isn’t usually the best option.

When Should You Go to the ER?

Any emergency that involves trauma to your face and mouth that requires immediate attention are usually best handled at the hospital. If you have a serious cut or laceration, a broken or dislocated jaw, or an infection that is very swollen and affecting your ability to breathe or swallow, you should either head to the emergency room or call 911. When dealing with an emergency that could be life-threatening, the hospital is the best place to be.

When Should You See Your Dentist?

When dealing with a dental emergency that is not life-threatening but still requires immediate care, the best thing to do is call your emergency dentist. They are equipped to handle any of the following:

  • Severe toothaches
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Partially dislodged teeth
  • Oral abscesses
  • Lost or damaged restorations

Why Is Seeing Your Dentist Usually the Best Option

When it comes to receiving dental care, even in an emergency situation, a dentist is the most qualified. Not only are they the best person to deal with a wide variety of different oral issues, but you are also allowing others who need immediate medical attention to get faster treatment without overwhelming the emergency room staff.

Many people don’t realize that in most states, it is illegal for anyone other than a dentist to perform restorative dental care, fill cavities, or pull teeth. Most emergency rooms don’t have a dentist on call either. They can’t do much more than rule out imminent life-threatening conditions and prescribe you antibiotics and painkillers for temporary relief. In the end, you will need to head to the dentist for treatment at some point.

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, chances are that the ER is not your best option. Instead, give your emergency dentist a call and explain your situation. They will be happy to give you advice and help you get back on your feet.

About the Author

Dr. Eric Buck earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University and is a firm believer in continuing education in order to keep up with the latest technology and knowledge that dentistry has to offer. He is a member of multiple professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, he’d be happy to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (614) 459-7766.

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