When should I go to the emergency room instead of the dentist?
Sometimes, especially in the case of an accident, patients are unsure whether to go to the dentist or to visit the emergency room. While some gray area exists, we can provide guidelines so that you know when to bypass the dentist for the emergency room.
If you have a dental emergency like a broken tooth or lost crown, we reserve time in our schedules for emergency appointments because we realize that emergencies do happen. However, if you have any of the following conditions, you should go to the emergency room for treatment.
Bleeding That Will Not Stop
If you have severe bleeding that will not stop with time or pressure, you should go to the emergency room, especially if you are on blood thinners such as Warfarin or Coumadin.
If You Suspect A Broken Jaw Or Head Injury
If you believe the injury may have caused a broken jaw bone or head injury, you should go to the emergency room immediately. You may have more severe conditions that need treatment. The emergency room can assess your situation best, especially if it is life threatening.
If The Patient Is Unconscious
If the patient is unconscious, call 911 immediately.