Tooth pain is one of the leading causes of trips to the emergency room, but that expense is often unnecessary, as a dentist can treat tooth pain before it gets too severe. It’s important to know what to look for to avoid an unnecessary trip, as well as to know when you need emergency treatment.
If there are symptoms like fever or swelling under your eye or below your jaw along with your toothache, they must be addressed immediately. You should also seek emergency care if you are experiencing bleeding, or pain that grows more intense even after taking OTC pain medication.
If your pain is due to tooth extraction, or pain is your only symptom, there may be no need to go to the ER. You should always consult your dentist for dental pain to determine if you are experiencing an emergency.