Where To Go for a Dental Emergency

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A dental emergency can be a scary situation for anyone, especially when there is uncertainty about where to go for care. In general, such emergencies require a visit to the dentist’s office after a medical professional ensures there are not any life-threatening conditions affecting the victim, but where should someone suffering go before the dentist? The answer is usually either to urgent care or the emergency room.

When to visit urgent care

Urgent care clinics provide a wide range of treatments.

Mild sports injuries to the mouth

The American Dental Association notes that one of the most common reasons people suffer from a dental emergency is because of a blow to the face while playing sports or engaging in other vigorous activities. If someone not wearing a mouthguard is struck by a ball or elbow, or falls face down onto a hard surface, the mouth and teeth can sustain some damage. Many times, these injuries are more painful than they are necessarily severe.

In cases like these, a visit to a local urgent care clinic may be the best decision. There, someone suffering from a dental emergency can have the injury examined to ensure it does not require immediate care. Patients will usually get some kind of painkillers to tide them over until the visit to the dentist.

Chipped or cracked teeth

Another common dental emergency, chipped or cracked teeth can happen as a result of hard foods or a chance encounter with a glass bottle. While often painful, a chipped or cracked tooth is not usually grounds for emergency medical treatment. Chipped or cracked teeth usually just need an examination and treatment from a dentist, but in the meantime, a visit to urgent care may be helpful for managing the pain associated with this dental emergency. There, a doctor will make sure there are not any teeth fragments that could pose a health risk and may send the patient home with painkillers to help them manage until the dentist's treatment.

When to visit the emergency room

Serious conditions that need immediate attention warrant a trip to the ER.

Infections of the mouth

While many dental emergencies can be resolved by a visit to urgent care and the dentist, some require more intensive care. One example of a dental emergency that necessitates a hospital visit is infection of the mouth, teeth or gums. An infection in the mouth can be extremely painful, and since these infections can spread to other parts of the body and cause serious harm, immediate treatment and a prescription of antibiotics is likely in order.

Signs of an infection in the mouth include chronic pain or discharge from the teeth or gums, or visible discoloration. An infection can occur as a result of a neglected cavity or from an untreated wound to the mouth. In any case, no matter the cause, an infection often requires a trip to the emergency room.

Severe bleeding

Some dental emergencies caused by blunt or sharp trauma to the mouth can damage more than just teeth. Dental emergencies that result in uncontrollable bleeding need immediate medical attention due to their life-threatening nature. At the hospital, a doctor’s focus will be on controlling the bleeding and ensuring there are not any other health issues posed by the dental emergency, like lasting damage to the mouth or teeth. Depending on the severity of the emergency, doctors may simply stop the bleeding and prescribe painkillers, or may send the patient into surgery.

Need help now?

Getting immediate treatment is important during a dental emergency. Depending on the issue, patients should visit either urgent care or the ER before making an appointment with the dentist.

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