Should You Go to the ER for Dental Emergencies?

April 17, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — crsmile @ 1:45 pm
person having dental emergency holding cheek

Nobody wants to experience a medical emergency during a fun night out or a cozy evening at home. Whether it’s a birthday party with friends or a family dinner, dental emergencies never seem to happen at a convenient time. In such situations, it can be challenging to stay calm and decide what steps to take next. Should you rush to your dentist, or is it better to head to the emergency room? Keep reading to find out if visiting the ER for dental emergencies is the right choice.

Why You Should Visit the Dentist Instead of the ER 

When faced with a medical emergency, the ER might seem like the obvious choice for treatment. However, this isn’t typically the case for dental emergencies. While hospital staff are experienced professionals, there are usually no dentists on duty. So, although they can offer some relief, you’ll still need to see a dentist for proper treatment.

Furthermore, even if you manage to get treated at an emergency room, you’ll probably face long wait times, allowing your oral health issue to worsen. On the contrary, dentists often provide quick, same-day emergency appointments. Moreover, visits to the ER typically come with higher costs compared to dental visits.

When to Visit the Emergency Room Instead 

While it’s usually advisable to seek dental care from your dentist in a dental emergency, there are instances where the emergency room may be more appropriate for your medical needs. Opt for the emergency room over the dentist if:

  • If you suspect your life is at risk due to difficulty breathing, swallowing, etc.
  • You have a severe fever resulting from a tooth infection
  • You’ve suffered from significant injuries to the face
  • You are experiencing uncontrollable bleeding
  • You have a broken jaw

So, while emergency room staff will do their best to assist you during a dental emergency, seeing your dentist is likely the optimal choice. Dentists are equipped to handle dental emergencies with their specialized training and tools, ensuring your smile is restored and you feel better quickly!

About the Practice

The dedicated team at Coombs, Ross & Sourlis Family Dentistry of Rock Hill is devoted to providing comprehensive dental care, including preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments, to their patients. They are equipped to handle dental emergencies in addition to offering a range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services. With their expertise, your smile will be restored in no time. To learn more about managing dental emergencies or to schedule an appointment, you can contact Coombs, Ross & Sourlis Family Dentistry of Rock Hill through their website or at (803) 592-6201.

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