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ER visits for dental emergencies are costly and ineffective
Updated: 10/25/2012 5:59:29 AM

ER visits for dental emergencies are costly and ineffective
People who don't have dental insurance should invest in a discount dental plan so that they will always have access to the care they need. Many people who do not have either of these options end up experiencing serious dental health issues and do not have the necessary funds to correct them.

Recently, Healthy Cal, a California news source, reported on research done by the Pew Center on the States Children’s Dental Campaign, which explored how much it costs to have a dental issue treated in the emergency room (ER) versus getting preventative care. The scientists found that compared to the $61 average cost of a preventative dental visit, a trip to the ER can cost $162, and if that patient has to be hospitalized, then that's another $5,000.

"In general emergency rooms are an expensive source of care and particularly inefficient for dental problems. Since often a dentist is not on staff, ERs are unable to treat the root cause of toothaches and dental abscesses," said researcher Sachini Bandara, quoted by Healthy Cal.

According to an article published earlier this year by USA Today, studies have shown that between 1.3 and 2.7 percent of all ER visits nationwide that don't result in a hospital admission are dental emergencies.
 

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