You’ve probably heard people say there’s nothing worse than a toothache. While that’s an example of hyperbole at its finest, there is no debating the fact that a toothache is painful and will likely ruin your whole day if left untreated. If your teeth or gums hurt, you will be miserable and do just about anything to find relief—including going to an Emergency Department at one of your local hospitals.
While there are some true dental emergencies that may require emergent care to stop bleeding, extract an infected or broken tooth, or stop unrelenting pain, most dental emergencies are not serious enough to be treated in an Emergency Room and can wait until you get an appointment with your general dentist in Wilmington, North Carolina.
While some Wilmington general dentists do offer after-hours care, most general dentists in Wilmington and surrounding areas will get you squeezed into the schedule on the same day as your urgent dental problem (or the day after if the problem happens during the night, on a weekend, or on a holiday). Emergency departments in Wilmington and all around the country are intended to care for the most seriously injured or ill patients, and when someone goes to the ED for a non-emergent dental issue, time and resources are used up and could cost serious issues in both the short and long term. A non-emergent ER visit will likely cost thousands of dollars, and your time and the time of the ER staff will be used for a non-urgent problem.