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Should I Go to the ER for a Dental Emergency?

December 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drboyles @ 3:54 pm
Woman experiencing severe tooth pain.

Dental emergencies can occur when you least expect them to—and they often happen when it’s least convenient! These situations can be serious and painful, and when you’re experiencing a great deal of discomfort, the first thing on your mind is often where you should go to seek help. One initial inclination that people have is to rush straight to the emergency room for emergency dental care, rather than visiting their dentist. But is this the right move? Keep reading to learn more about why your emergency dentist in Odessa is the first person you should see upon suffering a dental emergency.

What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

There are many different types of dental emergencies, and most of them can occur at a moment’s notice. Some of them are quick and easy to treat, while others require some level of complex care. A few common ones that people experience often include:

  • Severe toothaches and hypersensitivity.
  • Chipped, fractured, or displaced teeth.
  • Damaged or lost dental restorations.
  • Excessive oral swelling or bleeding.

Although these emergencies might not seem life-threatening, they can still be very uncomfortable and lead to serious complications if left untreated. Contact your dentist promptly upon experiencing one of these emergencies.

Why Is My Dentist the Best Option for Dental Emergencies?

Simply put, your dentist is the expert when it comes to oral healthcare. They are the most qualified, through their licensing and their schooling, to take care of your dental emergency. In fact, in most states, it’s actually illegal for anyone other than a dentist to perform restorative dental care, fill cavities, or extract teeth!

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency that doesn’t warrant a trip to the emergency room, you should quickly call your emergency dentist. They will start providing you with assistance from the moment they pick up the phone; you’ll be told when to come in and what you need to do in the meantime to manage your discomfort. Once you show up, they’ll be prepared to provide you with relief, solve your issue, and send you on your way.

When Should I Visit an Emergency Room?

Despite being equipped to deal with all sorts of emergencies, emergency rooms actually don’t keep a dentist on staff. That said, they’re still capable of monitoring your pain and symptoms and able to refer you back to a dentist when necessary. Any emergency involving serious trauma, such as severe cuts or lacerations, a dislocated or broken jaw, the inability to breathe, etc. warrant a trip to the emergency room.

The world can come to a screeching halt when you experience a dental emergency; but a little quick thinking and knowing exactly where to go can ensure that you and your smile aren’t in any long-term danger.

About the Practice

Boyles General Dentistry is proud to serve the dental needs of the Odessa, TX community under the leadership of Dr. Franklin Boyles and his son, Dr. Stephen Boyles. Their practice is pleased to offer several available services including preventive, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dentistry. If you or a loved one is suffering from a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment online or over the phone: (432) 366-0896.

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