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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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3 Considerations Before You Use the Emergency Room for Dental Pain

by Myrtle Banks

It isn't always easy to find an emergency dentist for your dental pain. Holidays and long waits can lead you to turn to an emergency room for assistance. If this is the case, there are a few things you should know before you drive yourself to the medical centre. Here are three main considerations and what you should do about the possible outcome before you call your dentist for a follow-up visit.

Insurance Considerations

You may have an insurance coverage plan that covers your dental care. Most of these plans do have some form of coverage for emergency dental visits. The misconception regarding this coverage is that it will cover emergency room visits as well. Before you go to the emergency room expecting your dental coverage to work, you need to contact your insurance provider.

That emergency coverage may only work if you go to an emergency dental clinic, dental centre, or after hours dental office. Emergency rooms, since they may not fall under these categories, may only be covered under your major medical coverage and then only under certain circumstances. Without taking this into consideration, you may be facing hefty out of pocket expenses.

Pain Management versus Dental Care

When you visit the emergency room instead of an emergency dentist, you may be going strictly to stop the pain. In these cases the doctor will likely give you something for the pain as well as something to stop or prevent further infection to the area until you can see your dentist. Keep in mind, this type of treatment is generally for managing the pain rather than providing actual dental care. This means, that even if the pain stops, the dental issue may still be serious and seeing a professional dentist for a follow-up is vital for your dental health.

Emergency Extractions

You may find that the hospital or medical centre you visit does offer an emergency tooth extraction option. Though this may cure your issue, you will also be left with a space where the tooth was that now needs to be filled or checked for infection or issues. Though this may seem like an ideal option while you are in pain, you may significantly decrease your options for further treatment or increase the cost of options open to you such as dental implants and partials.

Before having the tooth pulled, consider your other options that may be available through your dentist and see if using pain killers until you can get to the dentist is a better, more viable alternative.

These are just a few of the considerations to take into account before jumping into the car and heading to the emergency room. Remember, the most important steps are to contact your insurance first and to schedule a follow-up appointment with your dentist after your emergency room visit.