How to Keep Dental Problems out of the E.R.

Emergency Room- J.C. Duncan DDS-dentist You have incredible pain radiating from your mouth.  You begin running a fever and overall feel quite ill.  Looking for immediate relief to the unbearable agony, you decide a prompt trip to the emergency room is necessary.  When arriving, you are told you have an abscessed tooth.

Truth be told, having an abscessed tooth can be dangerous as it can, if left untreated, manifest into a life threatening situation. The hospital, while being able to treat the infection, typically don’t have the appropriate staff or equipment to treat the problem on a permanent basis.  This needs to be done by a dentist in a dental office.

A study published on April 1 in the Journal of the American Dental Association reported that 1 percent of emergency-room visits nationwide from 2008 to 2010 included a diagnosis of dental injury or disease. One hundred one of those patients died while in the ER.

With that being said, most of these dental emergency room visits could be avoided by having a primary dentist in your life.  Seeing your dentist regularly is the key to avoiding dental disease.  Just like your car, your teeth need regular maintenance to avoid any major problems down the road. The bigger the problem, the more expensive it becomes to fix it. With dental accidents, they are just that. Seeing your dentist as soon as possible is the best way to save a tooth or fix a broken tooth.  Your dentist will have all the equipment necessary to fix the problem immediately.  

J.C. Duncan, DDS, FAGD


J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078

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