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Should you go to the emergency room for a toothache?

Should you go to the emergency room for a toothache?

No: The best place to get help for a toothache is with a dentist. More and more, you will find urgent care dental practices. You may have a significant abscess (infection) at the site and require antibiotics. Seeking pain medication may only mask the underlying condition and create a dependency. Dentists are the best practitioners to handle tooth related issues.

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Tooth Pain (Definition)

Just what it says. Pain may be localized or diffuse, sharp or dull, aching or throbbing. May be from a host of different causes, the most common being infection. It requires immediate treatment, pain indicates the cause has significantly progressed. Please ...Read more


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I have a toothache, my face is swollen, I'm nauseated. I feel my heart working overtime. I have no dental insurance. Should I go to emergency room?

I have a toothache, my face is swollen, I'm nauseated. I feel my heart working overtime. I have no dental insurance. Should I go to emergency room?

ER: They will place you on antibiotic to prevent further spread of infection until you can have dental treatment accomplished. Or see Endodontist or Oral Surgeon immediately. You must have dental treatment, antibiotics are only a stop-gap. Your problem is serious to the point of life threatening. Get immediate help.

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Do hospital emergency rooms treat toothaches?

Do hospital emergency rooms treat toothaches?

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.

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Is there an injection you get for toothache, from the emergency dept?

Temporary: The injection would be very short acting. See DDS fo solve problem

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Can I go to emergency room for toothache pain while I'm pregnant?

Can I go to emergency room for toothache pain while I'm pregnant?

I'm sure you can,: But not sure they will do anything, because ERs are generally not equipped to handle dental emergencies. If you are pregnant and have a toothache, do not hesitate to take an appointment with your dentist notifying him/her that you are pregnant.

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Does emergency room do anything for a pregnant woman w a toothache?

Does emergency room do anything for a pregnant woman w a toothache?

Depends: Usually just pain control w/tylenol +/- mild narcotic if needed. May drain an abscess and consider an antibiotic (one used in pregnancy) if absolutely have to.

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Should I go to the emergency room for fasciitis?

Should I go to the emergency room for fasciitis?

No: While plantar fasciitis can be very painful, the emergency room is not the appropriate place to be seen for this and uses the resources that should be used and are needed to treat patients with serious injuries and medical conditions. Schedule an appointment with a foot specialist (many offices have the ability to schedule same or next day appointments) or see an urgent care instead.

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When should I go to the emergency room for a headache?

When should I go to the emergency room for a headache?

Rarely: The er is one of the worst places to be with a severe migraine. It is bright, noisy, too much activity, and increases anxiety. Migraines need dark, quiet and sleep. Acute new headache with loss of function may indicate a stroke. This needs er care. Chronic headache needs routine clinic evaluation - not er.

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I have a broken alveolar. Should I go to the emergency room?

I have a broken alveolar. Should I go to the emergency room?

Highly possible: Hello, if u are referring to a broken alveolar jaw bone, then yoy should go to either a dentist or an oral surgeon instead. They will taken a scan of your jaw to see if it's a serious fracture or a hair line fracture and then determine the right course of action for u. Hope this helps. You can

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What must I do if someone with possible stroke refuses to go to the emergency room?

Convince them to go!: Strokes are life-threatening emergency situations that require immediate treatment. If you suspect someone is having a stroke, try your hardest to convince them to immediately go to the hospital. You can also call 911 and have the paramedics/emt's try and convince them. Paramedics/emt's are often able to convince people to accept emergency treatment.

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8 days of soaking through the highest absorbancy tampons in 2 hours or less. Starting to feel weird should I go to the emergency room?

8 days of soaking through the highest absorbancy tampons in 2 hours or less. Starting to feel weird should I go to the emergency room?

Heavy bleeding: Yes. Ultimately, you will need to see a gynecologist. But if you are feeling week and dizzy, you should go through the emergency room to see if a transfusion is required.

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My lower right back has been hurting for 6 weeks and whenever I get up it hurts and I can't walk good should I go to the emergency room?

My lower right back has been hurting for 6 weeks and whenever I get up it hurts and I can't walk good should I go to the emergency room?

Not to the emergency room: Emergency rooms are for people with life threatening problems. Chronic back pain needs one doctor for a long period of time and managing your therapy. Emergency department Docs work shifts and do not follow patients over multiple visits. Therefore go to a family physician, or you may directly call a physiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon for your care. Or just Google a back pain exercise program!

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When should I go to the emergency room?

When should I go to the emergency room?

Um, in an emergency: Sorry, but you need to help narrow this down. When you can't breathe, have severe pain, bleeding you cannot control, cannot keep fluids down due to vomiting, have prolific diarrhea, get lightheaded with position changes and/or faint, have chest pains with related symptoms, break a bone (or might have)..... Hopefully none of these are ailing you!

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Do I go to the emergency room for a wound?

Do I go to the emergency room for a wound?

Its a start: The er can evaluate the wound and refer you for proper care.

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How to know if I need to go to the emergency room/accident + emergency?

How to know if I need to go to the emergency room/accident + emergency?

If you think you do: If you think you are having an emergency, go to the emergency room. That sounds simplistic, but is should be. If you are worried there is something wrong with your health that is new and possibly life threatening, life altering, or very painful, go ask an EM doc. If you have a cold and can't get in to your doctor or want just want a test done faster, do not go to the ER.

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If you get hurt and it's not an emergency, what should you do? Can you still go to the emergency room?

If you get hurt and it's not an emergency, what should you do? Can you still go to the emergency room?

Yes: You can always go to ER. That said, with a rather mild injury and when time is not an issue would recommend either your physician or urgent care. That may save your time and money. Anytime there is a possibility for a life threatening consequence ER remains your best choice.

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I need to go to the emergency room but I am worried because I have drugs in my system, will I get in any trouble?

Emergencies: Please do not let your worries interfere with your health. There is only negative consequences if you wait. If the drugs are part of the problem the er team should, in an open and honest and frank way, discuss this with you. You would be wise to be open up front about anything you have taken. There should be no negative consequence to the truth for your health care or your life.

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When you go to the emergency room for a psych eval, what exactly happens? My sister was already admitted once and I'm nervous that she will be again.

When you go to the emergency room for a psych eval, what exactly happens? My sister was already admitted once and I'm nervous that she will be again.

It depends: On whether a person is deemed to be at risk for hurting him or herself or others, and if this isn't the case, if he/she has a condition that is felt to be amendable to inpatient treatment. Many psychiatric issues can readily managed by close outpatient follow up.

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Can I go to the emergency room for constipation?

Can I go to the emergency room for constipation?

Unwise: Very expensive way to address constipation when local Pharmacist can help advise you and over-the-counter remedies are plentiful. If they have failed and you have abdominal pain, fever, or vomiting, then yes, warrants ER visit.

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Toothache (Definition)

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