It’s comforting to know that the hospital emergency department is open on evenings and weekends. If you have a medical emergency, there’s a team at the E.R. ready to help.
It’s also reassuring to know that Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is here for you. If you have an urgent dental dilemma in the evening or on the weekend, the team at Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry will take care of you.
What kind of treatment does an urgent care dental practice provide?
- a knocked-out tooth
- extreme tooth pain
- a broken tooth
What Mouth Injuries Require a Medical Hospital E.R.?
For some injuries to the mouth, you should see a medical doctor first. When the primary injury is treated, you may need to see your dentist for tooth restoration.
Visit the E.R. for the following:
- swelling in the mouth or throat that is obstructing breathing
- extreme jaw pain when there is a possibility of jaw fracture
- lacerations in the mouth that are causing severe bleeding
If you go to the E.R. for severe tooth pain, a medical doctor can give you pain medication and/or antibiotics if necessary. In the E.R., a physician can’t carry out a root canal or place a dental crown. There is some overlap when it comes to the training medical doctors and dentists receive. Either specialist could sew up a laceration in the mouth. But, in general, medical doctors don’t learn dentistry.
Even if you get pain medications or antibiotics, you will still need to see a dentist to fix the problem with the tooth. Plus, you will have an E.R. co-pay or worse.
If you come to Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry with extreme tooth pain, you can also get pain drugs and antibiotics if required. Your dentist will also take care of the source of the pain or infection.