17 Jun Tips for Choosing an Emergency Dentist
When the unexpected happens, it usually happens at an inconvenient time. One of those unexpected events could be a dental injury. A broken tooth or lost filling is never planned, and it doesn’t always happen during your dentist’s office hours.
These things happen all the time, which is why emergency dentists are often on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Emergency Dentist Availability
An emergency dentist is one who is available at night, on weekends and on holidays. These dentists are available at any time to help you in a dental emergency. Most of these dentists will help you with any type of dental procedure you need to help relieve your pain.
While emergency dentists are rarer in small towns, if you check larger cities around you, you are sure to find one or two.
It pays to take a moment and look at each dentist your internet search provides. When you click on the dentist, look at their information and see what their qualifications are. You may be tempted to just choose the nearest office, but make sure to weigh a few other points, too.
You want to choose an emergency dentist who is licensed by the State Licensing Board. In an emergency, you don’t have a lot of time to call around and check this out. It should be listed on their website, or in their profile online.
When making your final decision, look at their experience (i.e. How long have they been practicing?), their education, and, if you can find it, look for reviews written by other patients.
As soon as you find a dentist you like, call his or her office to make sure that their office is open (if the hours are not listed online, don’t assume it is open 24/7), and that they have a space for you. Just like an emergency room, the emergency dental office can get very busy, with long wait times. Call to make sure you won’t be waiting too long. If their office has a long wait, you may need to move on to the next dentist on your list.
If the time comes and you need an emergency dentist, keep the above tips in mind. Also, remember that Dental Brothers are proud to offer emergency dental services. Contact us in the event of an emergency or for any of your dental needs. You can trust us with your smile!