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How to Find an Emergency Dentist Right Away

August 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — willowgrovedentist @ 12:05 am
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Dental emergencies are very stressful, and it can be difficult to know what to do when you’re dealing with pain. It’s important that you see a dentist right away to have the issue resolved, but where do you go? How can you choose an emergency dentist so you can get some relief? Read on to learn how to find an emergency dentist and a few things to look for when you are deciding on one to help you with your dental emergency.

How Do You Find an Emergency Dentist?

If you’re dealing with a dental emergency, you should give your dentist a call right away. Most dentists set aside time for their emergency patients during their normal hours, so you may be able to get in right away. If your dental emergency occurs during a time when the office isn’t open, give them a call anyways. Their voicemail may offer instructions just in case you have an emergency. They may include a phone number of a local emergency dentist who is on-call.

If you are unable to find an emergency dentist but have an urgent dental emergency, you can head to your local emergency room. They likely don’t have the equipment or medical staff who are able to treat a dental emergency, but they may be able to provide you with antibiotics or painkillers until you’re able to see a dentist to address the underlying issue.

What Should You Look for in an Emergency Dentist?

Here are a handful of things to consider when you are looking for an emergency dentist:

  • Location: When you are in an emergency, you don’t want to travel all the way across town if you don’t have to. Ideally, they should be within 20 or 30 minutes of where you live.
  • Hours: If a dental office is only open two days a week, they may not be your best bet when it comes to getting immediate attention. Look for one who is open often.
  • Dental Insurance: If you have dental insurance, it pays to know which local emergency dentists are in-network or accept your insurance plan. If you don’t have insurance, look for one with other financial options.
  • Professional Associations: When dentists are involved with professional organizations, they are often held to an even higher standard than usual. You want to see a dentist that you can trust.

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, it is important that you see a dentist as soon as possible. By using the tips listed above, you will be back to your busy schedule in no time!

About the Author

After attending dental school at Pacific Dental College and Hospital in India, Dr. Krunal Patel moved to the United States and earned his dental doctorate from New York University College of Dentistry. He is a proud member of the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry. If you’re dealing with a dental emergency, he would be happy to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (215) 659-3334.

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