A 41-year-old member asked:
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do hospital emergency rooms treat toothaches?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Depends: If ers have dentists on staff, the answer is yes, but it is probably not covered by medical insurance alone. Your best approach would be to start with a general dentist in your area who can offer you, or refer you for, a more comprehensive treatment approach. Rx in the er may be limited to just pulling the infected tooth, which in itself leads to compromise.
Answered on Oct 31, 2016
Dr. Jonathan Richards
18 years experience Endodontics
No solutions: In general, most emergency rooms will offer pain medications and antibiotics, which may provide temporary or incomplete relief of pain. Many do have oral surgeons that can address very severe or dangerous swellings. Most will not pull teeth, do root canals, or fillings. You will need to see a dentist for treatment that is considered permanent.
Answered on Apr 2, 2020
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Dr. Louis Gallia
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes and NO: ER can give you antibiotics and pain meds, but can't fix problem. See your DDS to fix problem.
Answered on Nov 2, 2016

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