Emergency dentists play an important role in your dental care plan. It is imperative that you have a number for a reputable emergency dentist in case you chip a tooth, loose a tooth, or you have a severe toothache in the evening or on the weekend or a holiday. Your emergency dentist can be your regular dentist, but many dentists still do not provide emergency services. In a severe emergency where you can not find an a suitable dentist on call, an emergency room might be able to get you the care you need until a dentist can be reached.
Emergency Dentists provide emergency dental care to patients in the evening or weekends. Sometimes an on call dentist will make you an appointment for early the next morning before regular business hours, and although not ideal, it does beat waiting till the office opens to see when you can be seen.
The most common problem requiring emergency dental services is a severe toothache caused by impaction or an abscess (infection). Your dentist may be able to help you by pulling your tooth or doing a root canal, but sometimes you’ll have to take an antibiotic first.
Some other forms of emergencies requiring urgent care are a chipped tooth, broken tooth, loose tooth, a tooth being knocked out, a broken filling or cap, or any other dental problem causing severe pain. There is no specific guideline as to what constitutes an emergency, and services and procedures vary from dentist to dentist.
An emergency dentist is not a substitute for regular dental care, but can be an important part of your overall dental care plan. By keeping a dentist’s contact information on hand you can save yourself pain, and lessen the chance of permanent damage to your smile.