What is classified as a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is defined as any injury to the gums, jaws or teeth. Even an injury that seems mild at the time of the causal event may be serious if not treated properly by a qualified dental professional.
Will the ER pull a tooth?
Not only can they not pull teeth in an emergency room, it is illegal for anyone other than a dentist to perform an emergency tooth extraction, emergency root canal or any other dental care.
What helps unbearable tooth pain?
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
- Gently floss to remove food or plaque between teeth.
- Apply a cold compress to your jaw or cheek.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen.
- Try home remedies for toothaches like clove oil to numb the gums.
How do dentist treat emergencies?
Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain.
Should I go to the emergency room for a tooth abscess?
You can visit the Emergency Room (ER) for a dental emergency (such as a tooth abscess). However, the ER will only be able to treat you if the underlying condition is health-related. The ER will bill you through your health insurance, not dental insurance.
What will they give you for tooth pain in the emergency room?
Emergency room doctors can’t do much more than provide antibiotics and/or painkillers. This may provide temporary relief, but toothaches, like most problems, don’t fix themselves. You will still need to see a dentist to fix the problem.
Can a dentist pull an infected tooth?
If the affected tooth can’t be saved, your dentist will pull (extract) the tooth and drain the abscess to get rid of the infection. Prescribe antibiotics. If the infection is limited to the abscessed area, you may not need antibiotics.
Can Urgent Care treat mouth pain?
In most cases, a visit to the emergency room or an urgent care center will result in a prescription for some painkillers and/or antibiotics. The emergency room staff will tell you to visit a dentist as soon as possible, and then hand you a bill.