An interesting story from KY3 News, Weather, and Sports out of Springfield, MO brings to light an important, often overlooked medical problem. According to a report from The Health Commission in Springfield and Greene County, one of the most common reasons for an emergency room visit is dental pain.
Unfortunately, emergency rooms are not equipped to do more than temporarily alleviate pain and contain infection for dental misfortunes. Some members of the Springfield community are experiencing an access issue, such as when a dental emergency happens on a weekend when their dental offices are closed. Others are uninsured, or have insurance that doesn’t offer dental coverage.
The community’s Community Health Center, Jordan Valley Community Health Center provides dental services, however it is already straining under the heavy patient load. Did you have a similar problem in your community? How did you resolve it? Let us know!