Life can be quite unpredictable. You never know when unfortunate events or accidents will occur. That’s why it is imperative that you make certain preparations, like gathering information on how you can act quickly and appropriately during emergency situations. Likewise, find the right people who can assist effectively in such events.
An emergency dentist is one of the professionals you need in crucial situations. This is because dental accidents are actually more common than you think, especially if you have young children.
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Due to the curiosity and high energy of young children, there is a high likelihood of the little ones injuring their mouths, getting objects stuck to their teeth, knocking their teeth off, experiencing toothaches, and others.
Adults, meanwhile, may be less likely to experience those problematic dental woes. However, because of adult responsibilities, they require immediate dental attention for any oral issue they may have.
Here are four other reasons that reinforce the importance of knowing and having an emergency dentist for you and your family.
Regular dentists can be difficult to find when you need them
Non-emergency dentists stick to their specified clinic hours. On top of that, many of them serve different clinics, so tracking them down can be challenging.
It is worth noting as well that some non-emergency dentists that you call to take care of emergency situations can charge you extra for their services. This is because they would be doing extra work during their personal time and they would want to be compensated properly for providing servings during their off hours.
These would not be issues for emergency dentists. Being available 24/7 is the nature of their job so they will not charge you extra for their services.
Dental emergencies can hinder you from being productive
There are dental problems that are not necessarily painful, but they can compromise your life in a different way, which is why it is crucial to be treated immediately. For example, a chipped front tooth can affect your physical appearance. It may not hurt you much, but it will alter how you look once you open your mouth.
If your physical appearance is important in the line of work you do, a chipped tooth will definitely be a setback. You may feel too self-conscious about it, which will prevent you from doing your job well. Or, your employer may request you to take a leave of absence until you restore your usual appearance. Either of those situations can result in a loss in your wages.
The pain may be quite unbearable
Toothaches can prove to be too much to bear for a lot of people.
Young children, in particular, have a low threshold for pain. They will whine and cry about a toothache.
If you are a parent, seeing your children hurting is heartbreaking. The only thing you want to do is to put an end to their suffering, and there’s no better solution than getting immediate treatment from an emergency dentist.
Dental problems, if not addressed right away, can spawn complications
If you have a medical condition, delaying treatment for a dental problem can give birth to a myriad of other issues.
Say, you have diabetes, and you accidentally injured your mouth and there is a lot of bleeding. The typical first aid solutions may not be effective, given that you are diabetic. You need emergency dental care wherein you will be provided with the most appropriate treatment to control the situation completely.
It is worth noting as well that an emergency dentist can determine if you need specialized treatment. And for this, he or she can refer you to the best professional for the job.
Dental emergencies, needless to say, are “better addressed sooner than later” situations, and the perfect professionals to deal with these are dentists who are on call 24/7. So, if you still currently do not have an emergency dentist in your contacts list, find one as soon as you can – it’s simply the smart thing to do.
Ask for referrals from family and friends. Better yet, go online and check out the different dental offices in your area. Find out about their services, read reviews and testimonials, and most important of all, see if they offer emergency dentistry services.
Dr. Michael Letham is the owner and dentist at 24/7 Dental and Bayside Smiles. He graduated from Sydney University in 2000 with Honours, receiving the R Morse Withycombe Prize for Proficiency in Clinical Periodontics (gum treatment). Striving to provide a modern, holistic approach to dental care that is tailored to each individual’s requirements, Mike’s focus is on being thorough and meticulous whilst being caring and compassionate.