The pain of a toothache or dental problem is excruciating. There is no doubt about it that the pain from any type of dental problem can bring you to your knees and sometimes it can be so bad that you will think about calling 911. However, calling 911 may not be the best solution. Here are some tips of what you should do if you are experiencing severe pain in your mouth due to your teeth.
When you get frantic over any situation it can cause you to act irrational and make decisions quickly without thinking first. Stay calm and start taking over the counter pain medication to try and get you some temporary relief until you can get to a dentist. Some doctors will even recommend that you alternate between Tylenol and Advil every four hours.
Get To an Emergency Endodontist
If you don’t already have a regular dentist that you go to you will need to start looking for one right away. The internet is a great tool to help you find a dentist quickly. You can search for emergency dentists or a dentist near you and you will be given several pages of results. If you find yourself having an emergency on a holiday or a weekend don’t worry because there are dental offices that are open seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year. If you are unable to find a dentist that is close to you that is open on a holiday or weekend then you can go to an urgent care center and they can give you prescription medication to help with the pain until you can get to your dentist during normal business hours. If it’s a major emergency where you can’t stop the bleeding or bone is exposed in your mouth then you need to get to an emergency room as soon as you can.
If you feel as though your life is in danger then, by all means, you should do whatever is necessary to protect yourself and that includes calling 911. Just keep in mind that calling 911 will cost you a lot of money out of pocket. The emergency responders will come to wherever you are and get you and take you to the nearest emergency room in an ambulance. The ambulance ride alone can cost you anywhere from five hundred dollars up to two thousand dollars. The emergency responders are going to take you to the nearest emergency room so if you are able to drive yourself or if you have a friend or family member that can drive this would be the better and cheaper option.