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Can I go to the ER for a toothache?

Can I go to the ER for a toothache?

ER: You can go to the emergency room for a toothache but they are not set up to treat most tooth related problems. Few hospitals have a dental resident program which who have a dentist available to see. It would best to call a local dentist to come into his office for the toothache. Most will work you into their schedule. They can start the process to get you back to dental health. ...Read more

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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 was trying to put the orajel maximum toothache liquid on a broken tooth with a dropper and I accidently swallowed some should I go to the er?

I was trying to put the orajel maximum toothache liquid on a broken tooth with a dropper and I accidently swallowed some should I go to the er?

No: Orajel is not toxic, so you don't need the ER. What you need is a Dentist. Broken teeth do not self heal. If nerve of tooth is exposed, if tooth is fractured or decayed, you are providing a path for bacteria to enter your bloodstream. Please call Dentist NOW. Orajel is a pain killer, it blocks nerve impulses for a short time, but it does not cure infection. ...Read more

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I went to the ER last friday for face/throat swelling related to a toothache. I was prescribed Clindamycin 400mg TID. I now have a hard lump on my jaw?

I went to the ER last friday for face/throat swelling related to a toothache. I was prescribed Clindamycin 400mg TID. I now have a hard lump on my jaw?

See oral surgeon: U may have an abcess. If so, it needs to be drained. Strongly recommend you see a Oral MaxilloFacial Surgeon. I would continue the Clindamycin for now also. ...Read more

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What can the hospital do for me if I go to the ER with extreme tooth pain?

Not so much mostly..: Please see your dentist.... There are multiple causes of extreme tooth pain. The dentist can best treat this. ...Read more

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How much does the average emergency room visit cost in the us?

How much does the average emergency room visit cost in the us?

It depends: The average cost in 2009 was about $1, 300 per visit- but it all depends on the reason. An ankle sprain is much cheaper than a heart attack! The reason it is more expensive than your own physician is th ed needs to be open 24 hours and have the staff to take care of everything, even at 2am! See post by american college emerg phys for details: http://www. Acep. Org/content. Aspx? Id=25902. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to pay for an emergency room visit in cash?

Can you tell me how to pay for an emergency room visit in cash?

Wouldn't recommend: Unless you have unlimited funds. The professional fee and facility fee can be quite high let alone any lab or radiologic fees. These may seem excessive but keep in mind this level of care must be maintained 24 hours daily 365 days per year, year after year and is available at a whim. I would set up a payment plan instead of offering to pay at once. ...Read more

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How long to does it take for a spider bite reaction to resolve, it has been 2 weeks and 2 visits to the dr and an emergency room visit and it's not getting bette

How long to does it take for a spider bite reaction to resolve, it has been 2 weeks and 2 visits to the dr and an emergency room visit and it's not getting bette

Variable: Spider bites vary from one species to another. Some spider bites may be a small red bump that resolves in a few days. Sometimes, a staph infection may develop, and this can be severe, requiring antibiotics and surgical debridement. Spiders which cause tissue necrosis (black widow, brown recluse) may also require surgical debridement. ...Read more

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What is my best option financially for seeing an urgent care doctor vs. Emergency room visit?

What is my best option financially for seeing an urgent care doctor vs. Emergency room visit?

Depends: If your problem is likely to be not very deep seated, an urgent care facility can be less expensive, and quicker. If the problem is life or functionally threatening and you might need sophisticated radiology and laboratory studies with a strong possibility of hospital admission, than you should go to an er. ...Read more

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Should I go to the ER for severe toothache while pregnant?

Should I go to the ER for severe toothache while pregnant?

Probably not: Your best bet is to make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is generally safe during pregnancy but you should speak to your OB about what drugs are safe for you. If you are unable to see a dentist soon you may be able to see an er doctor for pain relief. ...Read more

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Really bad toothache and 39 weeks pregnant should I go to the er?

Really bad toothache and 39 weeks pregnant should I go to the er?

If only option: The er will not be able to address your toothache, and will probably only give you pain medication and/or antibiotics. You would be better off seeing a dentist. The sooner the better. ...Read more

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34wks pregnant with a toothache for about 3days, can't see my ob til. Tuesday, and now my ear and throat are throbbing. Should I go to the er?

34wks pregnant with a toothache for about 3days, can't see my ob til. Tuesday, and now my ear and throat are throbbing. Should I go to the er?

Dentist if can: Likely you will need an antibiotic and then some dental care. A dentist is going to know what to do better than er doc, but if not available definitely get to er for some treatment. You likely have an abcess and will need a root canal or extraction. You need some treatment right away. ...Read more

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I have a toothache and a fever should I go to er?

I have a toothache and a fever should I go to er?

Better to dentist: Unless your local er is big enough to have dental staffing, they will be an interim stop for meds on your way to see a dentist. The best advice is a function of your access to care. If you have accessible dentists, that's the best choice either in private practice or in a community health center location. If not, get to the er to try to get comfortable and locate a dentist asap. ...Read more

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My son has a bad toothache. He has an appointment Thursday but now he has local swelling and last night he had a fever of 100.1. Should I take to e.r?

My son has a bad toothache. He has an appointment Thursday but now he has local swelling and last night he had a fever of 100.1. Should I take to e.r?

Swelling: A localized swelling indicates an infection, so he really should be placed on antibiotics. If the ER is your only choice, a visit certainly will help. ...Read more

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Severe toothache/toothpain. Went to er. The pain goes in my ear a lil. They said there's decay as well was given penicillin. Still in bad pain?

Severe toothache/toothpain. Went to er. The pain goes in my ear a lil. They said there's decay as well was given penicillin. Still in bad pain?

Contact DDS: If you are going to a hospital, go do a hospital with a dental residency program. Otherwise, you will just be given medication and the need to find a dentist. ...Read more

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I have toothache. I went to the er, but they refused to extractthe tooth. My blood pressure is 170/91. I take Flonase andquinapril and I smoked a big cigar before going for the examination. What should I do?

What's your question: Pulling tooth may (not) relieve pain. Toothache needs to be addressed by dentist. The most that us non-dentists can do is offer some antibiotics for presumed dental abscess. But real solution is for dentist to evaluate & treat as deemed appropriate. In meantime, stop smoking & go see your family doc to make sure your high blood pressure is under control (although pain can increase bp). ...Read more

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Will an ER give me antibiotics and pain meds for severe toothache? I only have dental insurance in ny, but I'm in nj

Will an ER give me antibiotics and pain meds for severe toothache? I only have dental insurance in ny, but I'm in nj

Yes: That's the level of treatment for dental pain that is standard in a hospital er.

If you have commercial dental insurance, it doesn't matter what state you are in. Any dentist can submit your insurance form. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Toothache (Definition)

Dental pain is a symptom where one has pain in his teeth or gums, sometimes with sensitivity to cold or hot ...Read more