Broken Tooth: Wait or ER?
I’ve had a tooth which needed a filling. I knew it did but couldn’t afford the dentist. I kept putting it off. The tooth didn’t really bother me so I thought it was no big deal. However, last night I bit down on something and I felt the tooth break. A chunk of it came off. I saved that piece. Now the tooth is throbbing like crazy. Can this wait until I find a dentist or should I go to the ER?
Most Emergency Rooms will not treat dental problems. The most they’ll do is give you some expensive pain reliever you could get cheaper anywhere else and tell you to see a dentist.
However, you don’t have to wait weeks to get an appointment with a dentist. There are dentists who will treat non-established patients right away in cases like yours because they’re considered dental emergencies.
Do an internet search for an “emergency dentist”. Getting seen right away will not only get you out of pain, it also gives you the greatest chance of saving your tooth.
Often, the only thing needed to save a broken tooth which hasn’t had trauma is a dental crown.
When You are Worried about Cost
I noticed you said you put off this filling because you couldn’t afford it. Unfortunately, getting the crown is going to cost you more than getting the filling would have. That doesn’t mean you should ignore the need for a crown.
If you do, the situation will only get worse (and more expensive). Instead, you should know there are affordable dentists out there. Even if there prices aren’t cheap, they are willing to work with patients giving them the treatment they need right away and allowing them to pay out the cost.
Some of them have in-house payment plans and some work through Care Credit. Either way you can get the treatment you need.
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