Should I see an emergency dentist or go to urgent care? I am not sure if I can make it through the weekend with a horrible toothache. It is making me nauseous. It started last month and I should have done something about it. Work has been so busy that I just kept putting it off. Now I’m beginning to think it is serious. I am scheduled to take a flight to NE on Monday afternoon. Should I go to urgent care if I can’t find an emergency dentist to see me? Thanks Kelvin

Kelvin – It’s good that you’re asking for help now. You need dental care as soon as possible.

Why Choose an Emergency Dentist Instead of Urgent Care?

  • Urgent care may give you something for pain, but they are not equipped to examine and x-ray teeth to find the cause of your pain.
  • There are many dentists who take patients on an emergency basis. Some have evening or weekend hours to accommodate patients with a busy schedule or who have dental emergencies.
  • You don’t have to be a current patient of a practice to see an emergency dentist.
  • The pain and other problems you describe indicate that you have a serious tooth infection. It will continue to spread until you get treatment. A root canal treatment will clear the infection. The tooth will be protected with a dental crown. Antibiotics may be prescribed also.
  • When the pulp of a tooth is infected, cells rush to the site to fight the infection. There is no room in your tooth for the infection-fighting activity, so the result is swelling and pain. Eventually, the pulp in your tooth will die, and the pain will decrease. This does not mean that the infection is gone. Your tooth still needs to be treated.
  • Beware of a dentist who simply wants to sedate you and extract your tooth. It’s best to preserve your natural tooth whenever possible. If it is unnecessarily removed, the dentist will likely recommend that you receive a dental implant and crown, which will cost you $2000 or more.

Do an online search for an emergency dentist, and they will have you come to the office during normal business hours or after hours.

This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.