New data released from the government shows that more Americans are having routine dental procedures done in the emergency room then taking the time to have preventative care done.
Having this work done in the ER, is not only 10 times the price, but also the treatment options are not as beneficial for patients. A majority of these ER visits are due to toothaches which could have been prevented from regular check ups and dental cleaning.
Between 2006 and 2009, the number of visits to the ER due to dental problems increased by 16 percent. This increase resulted in more than $88 million in charges for patients.
Many of these visits are follow-up visits because the original issue that they are admitted to the ER for can not be corrected during their first ER visit because the doctors do not have the correct tools to do so.