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Why You Should Go to Your Dentist and Not the Emergency Room

May 14, 2020
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Posted By: WisconsinSmiles

Many Americans tend to avoid their dentist for several reasons, mainly the rising cost of healthcare and dental anxiety.

When patients don't keep up with preventive dentistry, such as brushing and flossing along with regular dental check-ups, they can become host to a multitude of oral health emergencies like tooth pain, chipped or broken teeth, or even knocked-out teeth. 

Preventative action is the best defense against painful and costly dental emergencies. Emergency rooms, in particular, can cost as much as years of dental cleanings and exams—and they may not be equipped to help you.

Unless you have suffered a head injury, or are bleeding uncontrollably from your mouth, we recommend that you see your emergency dentist in Milwaukee at the first sign of dental trouble. 

Emergency Room Doctors Cannot Perform Dental Services

While some Emergency rooms might have a dentist on staff, the majority do not. Many patients may not realize that in many states, only a dentist can perform dentistry services like dental extractions, tooth decay repair, or restoring a tooth. Therefore, if your emergency requires a dental service, you might be wasting precious time and money going to the wrong place. 

Doctors in an emergency room can only prescribe painkillers or antibiotics, which will only temporarily relieve your situation but only for a few hours. 

Common Dental Emergencies

  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Tooth decay
  • Infection
  • Gum disease
  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Loose tooth
  • Inflamed or swollen gums
  • Bleeding in mouth
  • Injury to mouth
  • Loose or missing dental crown
  • Loose or missing filling

If you are experiencing these or other painful dental situation, do not hesitate to come to see us at WisconsinSmiles. 

Caring for Your Dental Emergency Until You Can See Us

A dental emergency is usually scary and painful and often requires quick thinking to relieve your pain. We do our best to see patients on the same day, especially if their emergency is critical. Until you can see us, we recommend:

  • Rinsing your mouth with warm water
  • Stop any bleeding with clean gauze
  • Take aspirin to relieve pain
  • Apply an ice compress for 20 minutes at a time
  • Call us immediately to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roberto Monteagudo

Times You Should Go to the ER 

We recommend going directly to the ER if you have had injury or trauma to your face that has resulted in cuts in or around your mouth, constant bleeding, or a broken jaw. If you have a severe infection, you can visit the ER or urgent care center to get antibiotics, which will relieve any life-threatening infection. 

Come See Us Right Away

If you are experiencing abnormal tooth pain or a common dental emergency, do not hesitate to call us right away so we can treat you immediately. 

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