What can the ER do for tooth pain?
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. You will still need to see a dentist to fix the problem.
Can the ER pull a tooth?
Not only can they not pull teeth in an emergency room, it is illegal for anyone other than a dentist to perform an emergency tooth extraction, emergency root canal or any other dental care.
Does the emergency room deal with teeth?
The ER staff can get patients stabilized, control bleeding, and give treatment for dental fractures. In the case of bacterial infections, they can provide antibiotics and will arrange for transfer to the hospital if necessary. They can also treat broken, dislodged, or fractured teeth and help to control severe pain.
Will the ER give you pain meds for a toothache?
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. The emergency room staff will tell you to visit a dentist as soon as possible, and then hand you a bill.
How do I know if my toothache is serious?
See your dentist as soon as possible about your toothache if:
- You have a toothache that lasts longer than 1 or 2 days.
- Your toothache is severe.
- You have a fever, earache, or pain upon opening your mouth wide.
What counts as a dental emergency?
In general, any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is considered an emergency. This consideration also applies to severe infections that can be life-threatening. If you have any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing a dental emergency.
How do I know if my tooth infection is spreading?
Signs of a tooth infection spreading to the body may include:
- increased heart rate.
- increased breathing rate.
- stomach pain.
Can you go to the hospital for a toothache?
You SHOULD go to the emergency room if: You have swelling from a toothache that has spread to other parts of your face, especially your eye or below your jaw line. You have a toothache accompanied by a high fever (>101). You have bleeding that can’t be controlled with pressure (more on this below).
Should I go to the emergency room for a tooth abscess?
However, if the infection has progressed to the point where you’re in serious pain or if you are having a constant bad taste in your mouth that is getting worse you need to go to the emergency room or make an emergency dental appointment. If left untreated, your bacterial infection can invade other parts of your body.
Will the ER drain an abscess?
Often, an abscess is simple and can be drained in the emergency department. Occasionally, abscesses are complicated and require surgical consultation. In some cases, complicated abscesses may be better drained in the operating room.