Can The Emergency Room Pull A Tooth?

One out of six Americans have had emergency dental surgery in the last 12 months or so. Many people end up going to the wrong place for their emergency surgery and this ends up causing way more harm than good. The truth is that hospital rooms can’t help you very much if you go to the emergency room with toothache. What usually ends up happening is you get charged a hospital fee and you have to go to the dentist anyway. In most cases, you can avoid the emergency room and take your emergency needs right to your dentist.


What is Classed as a Dental Emergency?

First of all, you need to think about what a dental emergency actually is. Most dentists will allow you to walk in if you are having an emergency so make sure that you keep that in mind if at all possible. You may be experiencing a dental emergency if you have:

  •       Persistent bleeding
  •       Missing permanent tooth
  •       Fracture or injury to the facial bones
  •       Swelling
  •       Signs of an infection

What’s Not A Dental Emergency?

The following are not classed as being dental emergencies:

  •       Damaged or broken teeth that do not hurt
  •       Lost bridges or implants
  •       Mild toothache
  •       Broken dentures

It doesn’t matter what your dental emergency is because you have to make sure that you contact your dentist right away. When you do, they can then advise you accordingly.

Are there any Emergency Dentists on Gratiot?

In general, it’s important to know that emergency rooms do not have dentists on-hand. If you walk into an emergency room then you’ll most likely be given antibiotics or pain medication, and then be told to go to your dentist anyway. Hospital staff cannot pull teeth. In fact, it’s completely illegal for them to do so. If you have severe bleeding on the site of your tooth and require an extraction then you can go to your emergency room, but they can only give you pain medication. They can also stabilize you if your bleeding happens to be life-threatening. You will still need a dentist visit to help you to eliminate the problem.

Only visit the ER if you have a dangerous situation but you are unable to go to your normal dentist, or if you are unable to reach them. Your dentist on 10 mile and Gratiot will be able to advise you on the treatment you need to undergo and they will also be able to advise you on the steps that you can take to try and tend to your issue in the meantime. You may also want to talk with your dentist on Gratiot to see if you can get the swelling down, if this is required. Most of the time an ice pack or something very cold will help you to reduce it enough so that when you do manage to get to the dental office, they are able to treat the issue without having to wait for the swelling to go down even further.

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