Every year, more than 800,000 Americans end up in the emergency room for an urgent dental problem. Typically, these people spend much more money than they need to only for ER doctors to prescribe painkillers or antibiotics, failing to address the root of the dental problem. So, on top of the already high ER bill, you may have to spend even more at the dentist’s office. Why not just cut out the middleman and visit your emergency dentist in Gorham first? Here are a few reasons why you’re much better off seeing a dentist for an emergency.
ER Visits Cost More Than a Dental Exam
One reason that many Americans suffer through dental emergencies is that they don’t attend their regular checkups and cleanings. While these appointments may seem costly, especially if you don’t have dental insurance, they are well worth it. A dental emergency such as a severe toothache could be avoided if you visit your dentist for checkups every six months. Not to mention, the cost of treating such an emergency can end up equaling the cost of several years of regular appointments. Save yourself the money in the long term by visiting your dentist twice a year.
Only Dentists Can Heal Dental Problems
Unfortunately, most emergency rooms do not have a dentist on staff. As such, they are often unable to treat the true cause of a dental emergency, such as a broken tooth or a tooth that desperately needs root canal therapy. At best, they can write you a prescription for some pills that will temporarily stop the pain, but often won’t address the root of the problem. Your dentist, on the other hand, can give your teeth the actual treatment they need.
When Should You Visit the ER?
Believe it or not, there are a few occasions where it’s advisable to see an ER doctor instead of a dentist for an oral health problem. If you have cuts inside your mouth, your jaw is broken or dislocated, or you are experiencing severe swelling in your mouth or throat, head to the emergency room before you see your dentist. These kinds of emergencies can be considered life-threatening, so they need expert medical attention.
If you’re suffering through a dental emergency like a toothache, your first instinct may be to call the emergency room, but you’re much better off contacting your dentist. It could end up saving your tooth!
About the Author
Dr. Ted Morgan is a dentist in Gorham, ME who has been treating the greater Portland area for more than 45 years and counting. He keeps active memberships in DOCS Education, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. His practice is currently only treating dental emergencies. If you think you might have one, don’t be afraid to visit his website or call (207) 839-2655.