It’s comforting to know that the hospital emergency department is open on evenings and weekends. If you have a medical emergency, there’s a team at the E.R. ready to help. It’s also reassuring to know that Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township MI is here for you.
What kind of care does an urgent care dental practice provide?
- a knocked-out tooth
- severe tooth pain
- a fractured tooth
What Mouth Injuries Require a Medical Hospital E.R.?
For some injuries to the mouth, you should see a medical doctor first. When the primary injury is treated, you may need to see your dentist for tooth restoration.
Visit the E.R. for the following:
- swelling in the mouth or throat that is obstructing breathing
- extreme jaw pain when there is a possibility of jaw fracture
- lacerations in the mouth that are causing severe bleeding
If you go to the E.R. for severe tooth pain, a medical doctor can give you pain medication and/or antibiotics if needed. In the E.R., a physician can’t complete a root canal or place a dental crown. There is some overlap when it comes to the training medical doctors and dentists receive. Either specialist could sew up a laceration in the mouth. But, in general, medical doctors don’t learn dentistry.
Even if you get pain drugs or antibiotics, you will still need to see a dentist to fix the problem with the tooth. Plus, you will have an E.R. co-pay or worse.
If you come to Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township MI with extreme tooth pain, you can also get pain drugs and antibiotics if needed. In addition to emergency dentistry we provide complete general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment with us t oday!