As the urgent care industry rapidly grows, it is important to recognize the prevalence of dental injuries as a percentage of your patient visits.

It has been recorded that dental injury visits to the emergency room account for upwards of 3% of all visits, or somewhere around 4 million dental-related visits a year.

Service providers in urgent care will begin to see that urgent care visits pertaining to teeth are also increasingly common. Patients with dental injuries frequently visit urgent care even though they realize that they need definitive care by a dentist or oral surgeon. Usually, patients are in terrible pain or are presenting other traumas simultaneously, and thus do not consider calling their dentist. Furthermore, many patients that present dental injuries do not have dental insurance or the financial resources to visit the dentist.

Treating dental emergencies in an urgent care setting can be challenging and frustrating, but it can also be immensely satisfying. There is no more appreciative patient than one relieved of severe dental pain. Many emergency physicians are unable to recognize and treat acute dental problems because of a lack of specific training, yet proper initial care will limit morbidity such as tooth loss, pain, infection and, potentially, craniofacial abnormality.

Dental emergencies presenting in urgent care are only occasionally life-threatening. However, they are often very painful and frequently of great cosmetic concern to the patient. While many of these patients require definitive care by dentists or oral surgeons, the emergency physician plays an important role in their care. The emergency physician must have a basic working knowledge of the dental anatomy and be prepared to save a tooth, repair soft tissue, treat severe infection and relieve pain.

Fortunately, The Dental Box®, designed by an Emergency Physician, is a tool that every urgent care facility should have in order to be able to easily treat dental emergencies. The medications, medicaments and anesthetics contained in The Dental Box enable busy emergency professionals to quickly and easily take care of fractured teeth, subluxations, luxations, avulsions, oral lacerations, dry sockets, deep caries, loose appliances, bleeding mucosa and oral ulcers.

The Dental Box Contents:

  • Instruction Booklet NEW!
  • Lollicaine® 20% Topical Anesthetic (120)*
  • Barricaid® Visible Light Cure Periodontal Dressing (4 syringes)
  • Temrex ZOE Automix Dual Syringe Temporary Cement (1 syringe, 15 tips)
  • Lime-Lite™ Enhanced Light Cure Cavity Liner (4 syringes, 20 tips)
  • Vivacaine – Bupivacaine w/ EPI Carpules (50)
  • EMT™ Toothsaver
  • Dry Socket Paste
  • Disposable Dental Mirrors (36)
  • 27 Gauge, 1.5″ Needle Syringe Barrels (box of 100)*
  • Disposable Plastic Ringed Aspirators (box of 50)*
  • Sterile Cotton Dental Rolls (10 packs of 5)
  • Hemcon Dental Dressing (2 packs of 2 dressings)
  • Dental Box Head Lamp (1)
  • Dental LED Curing Light (1)
  • Dental Relief Wax strips (6 packs of 5 strips)
  • Inventory Lid Insert
  • Debacterol Canker Sore Pain Relief (6)

The kit is specifically designed to bring everything required for care directly to the bedside. Items selected for inclusion in The Dental Box kit are easy to use in the urgent care setting. They have an extended shelf life and provide for multiple patient treatments. Restock is by individual product need and reorder forms and replenishment guides accompany each kit, making The Dental Box easy to maintain.

Not only does it contain the materials necessary to treat these injuries, it also contains educational materials that give step-by-step instructions for each procedure. It includes a thorough instruction booklet for use when performing dental blocks or taking care of the above listed clinical conditions. Furthermore, free instruction videos are made available to the clinician on The Dental Box website.

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The content discussed in this article is for informational purposes only, is neither intended to and does not establish a standard of care, and is not a substitute for professional judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always adhere to your medical facility trust guidelines when performing examinations or clinical procedures.