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Why Should I not Go to the Emergency Room for a Dental Emergency?
Thinking an emergency room is better than an emergency dentist for a dental emergency? Many people associate any type of emergency with visiting their local hospital’s emergency room. But, if the emergency is dental related, then an emergency dentist is the ideal choice for treatment.
You will receive the emergency treatment you need from the medical professionals in an emergency room. But, once you are provided with the necessary emergency treatment, they will send you home. When visiting a hospital’s emergency room, the attending medical professional will advise the patient to make an appointment with their physician or dentist.
The following is a list of reasons why someone who is experiencing a dental emergency should not go to their local emergency room.
Reasons you should avoid the emergency room for a dental emergency
There are only physicians, not dentists
A physician is not specifically trained in dealing with dental emergencies. This means if there is a cut that needs stitches or bleeding that will not stop, they will only address these emergency issues. Once the emergency situation is under control, the patient will be advised to make an appointment with their dentist for follow-up care.
A lack of diagnostic tools
An emergency room does not include important diagnostic tools like dental X-ray machines. This means they are not able to see exactly what is going on inside someone’s mouth when they are experiencing a dental emergency.
An emergency room bill can be expensive
When comparing emergency-related costs, a trip to an emergency room is often going to cost much more than a trip to see an emergency dentist.
When a visit to an emergency dentist is necessary
Some of the more common types of dental emergencies that require a visit to an emergency dentist include breaking a tooth, having a tooth completely fall out of the mouth, a fracture or dislocation of the jaw, an abscess in which there is a lot of swelling and any type of serious soft tissue injury, such as biting the lip or cutting the tongue.
When a visit to an emergency room is suggested
If a dental emergency also includes some type of trauma to the face that causes extreme swelling, then it may be necessary to first visit an emergency room for treatment. Other situations when a visit to an emergency room is suggested include having multiple or deep cuts inside or around the mouth, experiencing severe bleeding that will not stop and having a broken jaw.
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