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.
What is considered a dental emergency?
“Dental emergencies are a continuum,” Simmons said. “Emergencies are usually fractures and infections, and urgent matters are when you have pain, sudden sensitivity to sweets or hot or cold drinks.”
Is a dental abscess an emergency?
An abscessed tooth is an infected tooth. The main symptoms are pain and swelling, which depending on the amount, can be categorized as a dental emergency. If the abscess is not treated, it can lead to a serious infection in the jaw bone. In fact, an untreated tooth abscess could even lead to a deadly brain abscess.
Does the ER have a dentist on call?
The alternative is visiting the ER, where costs are incurred for medical and emergency services. Specialist Access: Hospital ER centers do not have a dentist on staff, which means that many patients are not receiving care or guidance from a specialist. As a consequence, ERs can only provide very basic care.