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.
To avoid an unexpected trip to the ER for a toothache, you should see a dentist once you begin to experience pain.
Can you go to the emergency room for a toothache?
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.
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.
Can Urgent Care help with tooth pain?
Dental emergencies are an emerging chief complaint for patients presenting in an urgent care setting. A systematic approach that includes a good physical exam of the gums, teeth, and throat; a correct diagnosis; and proper treatment plan can provide pain relief and avoid further complications.
When should I go to the ER for an abscessed tooth?
When to Seek Medical Care for a Dental Abscess
If you develop fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea as a result of a dental abscess, see your doctor. If you have intolerable pain, difficulty breathing or swallowing, seek immediate medical care in the emergency room.