Only a dentist can perform dentistry
This one seems like a no-brainer, but many people don’t realize that in most states it is illegal for anyone other than a dentist to pull a tooth, fill a cavity, or perform any restorative dental care.
Finding an emergency room with a dentist on staff or on call is extremely rare.
Can you go to the ER for wisdom tooth pain?
Dr. Troy Madsen: If you’re at a point where it’s not just tooth pain but you’ve got a lot of swelling on the side of your face, if it’s extending down into your neck, certainly if it’s causing any trouble breathing, absolutely go to the ER. If it was just the pain could you go to emergency care?
Will the ER give you pain meds for a toothache?
Many of these patients, he fears, complain of tooth pain simply as a ruse to get prescriptions for narcotics. “Almost all dental patients request a prescription for narcotic pain pills,” Dr. Lobitz said. And dentists often don’t accept Medicaid patients.
Is a gum 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. A tooth abscess is a dental emergency because delaying treatment could allow an even more serious medical problem to develop.