ER vs. Emergency Dentist

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At Apex Dental, we want you to call us if you injure your tooth or are experiencing severe discomfort.  If you are asking when you should go to the ER vs. emergency dentist – we suggest you call our Wesley Chapel dental office.  By calling (813) 994-4200, you can speak with one of our knowledgeable team members and discuss the symptoms that you are feeling, how uncomfortable you are and whether this is the type of emergency that is best served by our office or the ER.  If you live in the 33544 area, you can also visit our office immediately and take a walk-in appointment.  That way we can examine you in person and make a recommendation for the care that you need.

When treating patients in the Wesley Chapel, FL area, we are regularly asked when it is time to visit the ER vs. emergency dentist and our answer is always – it depends.  You must first assess your injuries to determine if your body and your mouth were injured then determine which injury is the most severe.  For example, if you were in a car wreck and chipped your tooth – you should visit the ER first so that your health can be assessed and then head to the dentist.  On the other hand, if you were only bruised in the accident and chipped your tooth – you should visit an emergency dentist first.  In every situation, evaluate your injuries and make an assessment of which injury requires care the fastest based on discomfort and the chance for further damage.

Keep in mind that if you live in the 33544 area, you can always walk into our office and have us examine you quickly.  This will be much faster than waiting in an emergency room lobby anyway.  Additionally, the emergency room doctors are not trained in how to correct damaged teeth or replace ones that are missing.  We, on the other hand, are experts at solving issues with teeth, gums, and the jawbone.  When in doubt and asking, when you should go to the ER vs emergency dentist, remember that if your primary injury is to your teeth, gums or jaw – an emergency dentist is the provider that can give you the best level of care.  Even if you do visit the ER, they are likely to refer you to a dentist for any restorative work. They are limited in the scope of what they can do for dental injuries so while they can help to stop the bleeding or give you sutures, they cannot restore a chipped tooth or replace one that has fallen out – we can.

Additionally, if you or your child experiences a severe toothache after hours, give us a call.  We don’t want you to live with discomfort over the weekend when we can examine your teeth and treat any infections or cavities that are causing the discomfort in the first place.  Getting immediate care is important for avoiding the spread of infection as well, so don’t delay or wait until Monday morning when you don’t have to.  Regardless of what your dental emergency is, at Apex Dental, we are available to help.

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