Emergency Dental Care: What You Should Know

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You know about the importance of routine visits, but how do you know when you need emergency dental care? Many patients go to the dentist when they experience swelling or pain, but is it an emergency?

Sometimes, a dental emergency turns into a visit to the emergency room. From 2000 to 2012, visits to the ER for dental problems doubled from 1.1 million to 2.2 million visits or one visit every 15 seconds. We at Wellness Dental urge you to see an emergency dentist when you experience dental injuries, accidents, and increasing pain. Here’s what you need to know about emergency dental care.

When to see an emergency dentist

Dental scares can be alarming and painful. When you don’t know if your dental scare is an emergency, the experience can prove costly to your dental health and wallet.

The team at Wellness Dental is here to help. Here are the types of situations that typically necessitate emergency dental care:

Keep in mind that emergency rooms don’t often staff a dentist, but they can assist with bleeding, pain, and bone injuries. They commonly give you an antibiotic for the concerns they can’t address there, referring you to your dentist. When judging if you have a dental emergency, ask yourself these questions:

Did you answer yes to one or more of these questions? If so, contact the team at Wellness Dental to talk about your symptoms and help you determine if you should come into the office or head to the ER. If you were hit in the face, you might have bigger concerns, such as a possible concussion.

Dealing with confusing dental emergencies

Some concerns can wait for a day or two until our office opens for regular business hours. Here are some of those confusing dental emergencies:

Don’t avoid treatment because you lack insurance

Many people put off treatment for dental emergencies because they fear it’ll cost money they don’t have. Many community-supported dental clinics provide only basic services, such as a routine cleaning or a filling, but some perform extractions. Unfortunately, that means waiting in long lines for a service that likely doesn’t meet your need.

Most practices offer payment plans or some form of financing for your situation and unique needs. It never hurts to ask.

How’s your pain level? Is it persistent despite OTC medication? Such questions help determine if you need treatment immediately.


If you have a confusing dental emergency, reach out to us at Wellness Dental, and we’ll be happy to walk you through what you need to do.

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