Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect it. You may be on vacation and away from your regular dentist or simply home on a Sunday when your dentist is not available. That's when you'll have to seek out an emergency dentist to help fix the problem that is causing you pain. Here is what you should look for when finding a dentist in your area for your oral health emergency.
Your first indication should be what happens when you call the emergency dentist. Do you speak with a receptionist that can make an appointment, or are you able to speak with an actual dentist about your oral health emergency? While it's good to talk to a receptionist to get an appointment as soon as possible, you may find it more beneficial to talk to a dentist about your problem. You can get a consultation in real time and figure out if your problem actually can be helped by going to an emergency dentist or if it can wait until you visit your regular dentist.
It's not enough to find a dentist who says that they are an emergency dentist. You want to ask about the treatments they offer and if they can help your needs. Some dentists will help you relieve the pain as much as possible, prescribe an antibiotic, and generally buy you some more time until you can visit your normal dentist. However, another emergency dentist may offer more than that. For example, you may need a root canal to stop your tooth from hurting. You may need to have a tooth pulled and do not want to deal with the pain until you can see a regular dentist.
It's easy to just start calling up emergency dentists to see if they can meet with you, but you should consider where they're located and if they are easy to get to. Don't have a vehicle? Consider whether you need to use public transportation and if the dentist is near a train line or if you need to use a ride share service to get there. It may even be difficult to drive on your own if you are experiencing a lot of pain and need to find a dentist that is closer to you.
With these things in mind, you should have no problem finding emergency dental care. Your pain can be reduced, and you'll be on the right course for treatment.