It is estimated that over 800,000 Americans will end up in the ER for a dental emergency this year. In past decades, most dentists limited their hours to 8am to 5pm on weekdays – which forced many people to visit a hospital or urgent care center during unexpected dental emergencies. However, today’s modern dentist offers extended appointment hours and emergency dental care to ensure these situations are handled best.
Whether it’s an abscess, a lost or broken tooth, or sudden swelling, dental emergencies need to be addressed by a certified dental professional. By going to the ER for your urgent dental matter, you will likely encounter the following:
Hospitals are simply not equipped to fix the underlying cause of your emergency dental problem. They may be able to offer pain relievers or antibiotics, but this is only a temporary fix. You will still need to visit a dentist for a long-term solution, such as a root canal, crown, filling or other restorative procedure.
It is common for patients to get pain relief by going to the ER and mistakenly assume that their dental problem is taken care of. This may lead them to think that a visit to the dentist is not necessary anymore. In most situations, this can be a costly misconception. Dental infections, decay and other damage can progressively worsen over time and lead to more expensive treatments. Neglecting an infected tooth too long may even cause you to lose the tooth and need a dental implant.
Cosmetic Restoration Overlooked
It may be possible for an ER doctor to address a health-related problem or dental injury. However, they are not qualified or equipped to protect the aesthetics of a damaged tooth. An emergency dentist understands how to restore the function and health of a tooth while also creating the most aesthetically pleasing result.
Wasted Time and Money
By visiting an ER and then having to take the additional step of seeing your dentist, you’ll end up spending more time and money than is necessary. Go straight to your dentist if you suffer from a dental emergency – it’ll protect your smile, your wallet and your schedule.
At Mundo Dentistry, we proudly offer emergency dental care to families in Fort Mill and the surrounding areas. Whether it is a sudden toothache or mouth-related trauma, we want to hear from you as soon as possible.
It is important to know that there are situations in which an ER visit may be necessary. If you experience severe trauma to the face that involves substantial swelling, cuts inside the mouth, or a broken jaw, you should consider going to the emergency room for treatment.
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