For a Dental Emergency, Should You Visit an ER?

If you’re dealing with a sudden medical issue, your first thought may be to visit the local ER. After all, the latter is equipped to handle all sorts of body problems. However, you’ll want to reconsider if your issue is a dental emergency. In that case, you’ll be better off visiting your urgent care dentist for treatment. Unlike an emergency room, a dental practice offers more benefits for teeth and gums. To learn more, here’s a summary of why a dentist will do more to solve a dental emergency in Beverly Hills.


What’s a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is any situation that needs immediate action to address pain, discomfort, or trauma to the mouth. They usually involve same-day appointments that get to the root of your problem and provide lasting pain relief. Some common dental emergencies include:

  • Severe toothaches
  • Painful facial swelling.
  • Bleeding or Aching Gums
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Cracked, Broken, or Knocked-Out Teeth
  • Damaged Restorations (i.e., crowns, fillings, etc.)

An ER Isn’t Ideal

While ERs are designed to fix sudden medical issues, they’re more expensive than a dental visit. In fact, one trip to the emergency room could cost several years of scheduled dental exams. Spending that high an amount in one appointment, especially one that supplied little-to-no relief, would be frustrating and strain your finances.

Adding insult to injury, the ER probably wouldn’t fix your dental problem either. Emergency room doctors can’t do much more than provide antibiotics or painkillers. That may give temporary relief, but your condition would remain about the same. In other words, only a dentist can fix the problem.

Still, you may need an ER if you’ve had an infected tooth for several weeks. In that case, they could prescribe antibiotics to keep your infection from becoming life-threatening.

Why Visit the Emergency Dentist?

In contrast to an ER, an emergency dentist is explicitly geared toward tooth and gum problems. As a result, they’re both cheaper and more effective at solving dental emergencies. Since your dentist is the only medical professional licensed to practice dentistry, they should be your first call to save your tooth and wallet.

While you may be tempted to visit the ER for your dental emergency, remember to see your dentist instead. They’ll fix you up so that your smile looks as good as ever!

About the Practice

Beverly Hills Complete Dentistry is based in Beverly Hills, CA. Founded on the principle of comprehensive dentistry, it offers many different services for patients. These include preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments and emergency procedures. No matter your smile issue, our staff will work tirelessly to make your teeth and gums healthy. For more information or to book an appointment, you can reach them at their website or by phone at (310)-561-1747.

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