Where Do I Go for a Dental Emergency?
Our emergency pediatric dentists are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Yet, there are times when it makes more sense to take your child to the hospital emergency room than our dentists.
If your child has a life-threatening condition, you'll need to visit your local ER as soon as possible. Otherwise, our dentists will be able to provide the emergency dental care your child needs.
Continue reading to learn where you need to go in the event your child has a dental emergency.
Can You Go to the Hospital for a Dental Emergency?
Go to the hospital if your child has a life-threatening condition. For example, a large dental abscess can limit your child’s ability to breathe and swallow. Likewise, your child would need to visit the ER after breaking their jaw. Serious medical issues like these are best addressed by hospital staff.
Visit the hospital for these emergencies:
- Fractured jaw
- Dislocated jaw
- Deep cuts to the mouth and face that won't stop bleeding
- Large dental abscess that makes it difficult to breathe or swallow
Don't visit an ER or urgent care center for a. These facilities don't hire dentists and can't treat the underlying causes of toothaches. Most states ban non-dentists from extracting teeth and performing other dental work. The only thing a medical doctor can do for your child is prescribe antibiotics and pain relievers. They'll then refer you to an .
It actually costs more money to visit the ER first before calling our emergency dentists. Save yourself the hospital bill by calling us first. Our dentists will be able to diagnose and treat the source of your child’s dental pain, restoring oral health.
What Do Emergency Pediatric Dentists Do?
Our emergency dentists will be able to diagnose the underlying cause of your child’s pain. For example, tooth pain could mean a cavity is deep enough to penetrate the pulp. It could also mean your child grinds their teeth at night. The only way to know for certain is to request an appointment with our emergency pediatric dentists.
Visit our dentists for these emergencies:
- Severe tooth pain
- Dental abscess
- Swollen gums
- Knocked-out tooth
- Broken tooth or large piece of tooth is missing
- Large chip or crack in tooth
Don't put off calling our emergency pediatric dentists. The sooner you seek urgent dental care for your child, the sooner we'll be able to treat issues before they grow. This could mean the difference between your child needing a filling and a root canal. We always try to save as much natural tooth structure as possible. Yet, this can be difficult if you wait until the last minute to seek emergency dental care for your child.
Our emergency dentists are available 24/7, even on weekends and during holidays. Our offices understand that each minute is critical when responding to emergencies. If you're not sure if your child needs emergency dental care, call us anyways. We can help walk you through the next steps.