There could be a few different scenarios that occur where you know that you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency. It could be a tooth that has cracked and is causing severe pain or a filling may have fallen out and the discomfort is more than you can bare for the next few days.
Although people know that when a medical emergency happens they should visit their nearest emergency room (ER). However, does that hold true for an emergency that only involves the teeth?
In short, a dental emergency is not completely helped at an emergency room. Most ERs do not have a dentist on staff, and they will refer the person to visit an emergency dentist or wait until they can visit their regular dentist.
What makes an emergency dentist different?
Some people may be confused when they hear the term “emergency dentist” and wonder what makes that facility different from their general dentist. In this article, we are going to briefly cover these differences.
Emergency dentists are open different hours
When a person has a dental emergency, it is typically after hours, during the weekend or when their general dentist is booked and cannot see them quickly. However, because of pain or discomfort, they know that being seen by a dentist is something that cannot wait, and enduring the pain for more than a few hours seems like an eternity.
Because of this, emergency dentists are typically available many different hours from general dentists, including on the weekend and even on holidays. If a dental emergency pops up, then a general dentist can usually refer a patient to the nearest emergency dentist. Also, a quick search on the web can typically find an emergency dentist nearby and give the option to see reviews!
A dental emergency can happen to any family member
Typically, emergency dentists are prepared and ready to help and assist any of the family members, no matter their age or needs. However, it is a good idea to give the office a quick call to ensure they will get the best care.
If that specific facility does not have the ability to cater to a patient, then they will know and refer you to one that would be the best for that person and their specific needs.
Give the emergency dentist a heads up
During a dental emergency, it can be hard to remember what to do. One of the best things you can do is to give the emergency dentist a quick call and let them know you are heading in and what the issue seems to be. Although this is not mandatory, it can help with speeding things along so you can be pain-free and feeling better in no time.
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