Sooner or later everyone is going to experience some sort of dental emergency, such as a toothache or a chipped tooth. While not life-threatening, dental emergencies can be painful, uncomfortable and stressful and the last thing that the patient wants to hear is that the dentist can see you next week! Today, more and more dentists are now are blocking out time in their daily schedules to handle dental emergencies.
In the event that a dental emergency occurs, the best thing to do is to call the dentist that you see for routine dental care. Tell the receptionist that you have a dental emergency and describe the problem, as well as the severity of the pain or discomfort that you are experiencing. The receptionist at the dental office will make every effort to fit you in to one of these time slots set aside for dental emergencies. In the event that one is not available on the same day, they may ask that you come in the next day if there is no pain. Often they may ask that you come to the dentist office even if an appointment is not available, as they will try to juggle the schedule around to fit you in. If they do this, it is important to be patient and remember that the staff is working hard to make adjustments in the dentist’s schedule to have your dental emergency resolved the same day or at least be able to relieve the pain and discomfort.
The best course of action is to establish an ongoing relationship with a dental practice and call them if you experience a dental emergency such as a toothache or a chipped tooth. They will do their best to take care of your problem the same day!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.
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