Emergency room visits related to dental health problems doubled from 1.1 million in 2000, to 2.2 million in 2012. While urgent care is necessary, how does a parent know when they need to bring their child to the emergency room for a dental injury?
If you are experiencing a true medical emergency, call 911 right away.
What Is a True Dental Emergency?
Any true emergency requires immediate action. Serious pain, infection, injury and loss of blood are sure signs that need urgent medical attention. Please call 911 right away if your child is suffering from any of the following conditions:
Heavy bleeding due to tooth loss or facial injury
Pain from infection
Swollen, discolored gums
Pain related to a cracked or chipped tooth
Foreign objects lodged in teeth or gums
Sports related injuries
Is a Dental ER Trip Preventable?
While accidents do happen, most dental injuries are preventable with routine dentist check-ups and proper care. Sports and recreational related injuries can be avoided with proper headgear and mouth guard use.
If surgery or an emergency root canal is needed, then antibiotics and pain relievers given by emergency room doctors will only prolong the issue until patients can see a real dentist.
Affordable Payment Options at Kool Smiles
Our Kool Smiles offices offer affordable prices and we accept most forms of insurance, as well as Medicaid, SCHIP and TRICARE at all of our locations. Call us today or visit our website to set up an appointment for your child.
Schedule a Visit at Kool Smiles Today
Prevention is the key. Kool Smiles provides top-notch dental treatment to children all over the country. We have over 120 locations in 15 states, plus Washington, D.C.
At Kool Smiles, we also offer urgent care services, so if your child is already a Kool Smiles patient, you can bring them in without making an appointment. If your child has an emergency after hours, call our helpline and you will be directed to an on-call dentist for treatment.
USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/06/29/er-dental-visits/29492599/