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Should You Go to the ER for a Dental Emergency?

June 9, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — laithfamily @ 8:43 pm

Woman with dental emergency at dentistNo one ever expects to have a dental emergency, but they’re quite common. 1 in 6 Americans has a dental emergency every year. If you’re one of the unlucky few, it can be a stressful situation, but don’t panic! Although instinct may tell you to head to the closest hospital, there isn’t much the ER can do for you. Instead, here’s why you shouldn’t waste time contacting an emergency dentist.

Emergency Room VS Emergency Dentist

Hospital emergency departments can treat the most severe life-threatening issues, but they aren’t equipped to handle oral health issues. At most, they can prescribe antibiotics or pain relievers, but they cannot treat the source of the problem. As a result, it will continue to worsen until irreversible damage occurs. 

It is better to contact your dentist right away. As with any emergency, time is of the utmost importance. Unless you have a medical emergency that must be addressed first, it’s best to visit a dentist for emergent oral health issues, like:

  • Toothache
  • Abscess
  • Chipped or Broken Tooth
  • Lost Filling or Crown
  • Broken Dentures
  • Dislodged or Knocked-Out Tooth

Common Treatments for Dental Emergencies

No two dental emergencies are identical, so there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment. After addressing your pain and examining your mouth, your dentist will create a personalized plan to rehabilitate your smile. Although every situation differs, common procedures needed for emergency situations include:

  • Root Canal Therapy: A root canal is recommended when a tooth is severely damaged or infected to prevent it from needing to be extracted.
  • Tooth Extraction: If a tooth is beyond repair, your dentist will recommend having it removed and replaced with a prosthetic, like a dental implant.
  • Fillings or Crowns: Old restorations, decay, or fractures can be addressed with crowns and fillings made of tooth-colored materials.
  • Dental Bonding: A cosmetic resin can treat a variety of issues, like chipped or broken teeth. You’ll benefit from quick, natural-looking results.

Dental Insurance Covers Emergency Dentistry

Your financial situation shouldn’t stand in the way of getting the quick care you need. If you pay monthly premiums for your dental insurance, your benefits cover more than cleanings and checkups. 

Most plans offer emergency coverage for consultations and diagnostic imaging. Depending on your treatment plan, your insurance can pay up to 80% of the expenses after meeting your deductible. If there’s any remaining balance, many dental practices accept third-party financing, like CareCredit. 

Dental emergencies are stressful, but your dentist will be by your side. They’ll provide the quick, compassionate care you need. When every minute matters, turn to the experts in dental health to save your smile.

About Dr. Racha W. Kadamani

Dr. Kadamani achieved her dental degree from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and has regularly pursued continuing education in many specialties to provide cutting-edge services. As a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Associations, she maintains the highest standards of care. If you have a dental emergency, request an appointment online or call (210) 880-6438.

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