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If I have problems with my teeth, gums, or jaws, why should I talk to my dentist first?

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If you have problems with your teeth, gums, or jaws, see your dentist. If it’s an emergency and a dentist is not available, head to an urgent care clinic rather than the ER. But it’s best to avoid both if possible. They’ll only give you medication for symptoms and tell you to see a dentist. They may also charge 3 to 4 times what it may cost to solve the problem. Your dentist can handle most oral problems. If he thinks you need an oral surgeon, he’ll recommend one.

From: Do You Need Oral Surgery? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: “Dentists: Doctors of Oral Health.”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Impacted Tooth.”

Mayo Clinic: “TMJ Disorders.”

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 29, 2018

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: “Dentists: Doctors of Oral Health.”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Impacted Tooth.”

Mayo Clinic: “TMJ Disorders.”

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 29, 2018

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