Can emergency rooms give dental care?

Hospital emergency rooms do not provide routine dental care, and they are usually not set up to care for broken or chipped teeth. In the case of dental infections, they may provide antibiotics or even arrange for surgical intervention for serious swelling. Also, when an accident happens, the hospital emergency team will stabilize the patient, control bleeding and treat fractures, but other treatment would require treatment by the dental team, either in the hospital or a private office.

Dr. Elif E. Oker, MD
Medical Toxicology

Emergency departments are set up to treat dental emergencies. They are not set up to provide routine dental care. There may or may not be a dentist or oral surgeon on call.

Examples of dental emergencies include infections, broken or fractured or dislodged teeth and severe pain.

Many emergency rooms have dentists on call 24 hours a day for dental emergencies. Call 911 if you cannot go to a hospital on your own.

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