Why Is It Important To See A Dentist As Soon As Possible?
There are three main reasons why you should go to the dentist right away if you have a toothache:
- Don’t go through the pain that you don’t have to. If you have a dental emergency of any kind, you are probably in a lot of pain. The longer you wait for treatment, the longer you will suffer for no reason. An emergency dentist can see you immediately and give you treatment and painkillers.
- Lower the chance of getting sick. Any injury is a risk of getting an infection. The more damage an infection can do, the longer it goes without treatment. If you don’t treat a mouth infection, it can spread to other parts of your body and make you very sick.
- You will have a better chance of keeping your teeth healthy. When you hurt your teeth, the faster you can get to an emergency dentist, the more likely your tooth can be fixed or saved. Find as much of the tooth as possible and bring it with you, even if it is completely broken.
For the question, “how do I find an emergency dentist?” here’s the answer in 3 steps:
Step 1: Find A Dentist In Your Area
If you don’t like your current dentist, just moved to a new area, or want a new dentist for any other reason, you’ll need to do some research. You can start your search for a dentist by asking friends or family for recommendations, reading online reviews, asking your insurance company for a list of in-network dentists, or looking at a map to find dental offices near you.
Many people think that price is one of the most important things to consider when choosing a dentist. If you have dental insurance, find a dentist in your network who accepts it. Even if an out-of-network dentist takes your insurance, it may still cost you more than going to a dentist in your insurance network. In-network dentists and your insurance company have already agreed on prices, but out-of-network dentists have not.
Choose a dentist in your insurance network who is close to your home or place of work. You want a qualified dentist with good reviews, but if the best one is several hours away, you won’t go as often and will be more annoyed when you get there. Think about office hours as well. You need a dental office with hours that work for you.
Step 2: Prepare your information
Before you call to make an appointment, you’ll need to have a few things ready.
If you’re going to this dentist for the first time, check to see if they accept your insurance (or dental discount plan, if you have one). Before your appointment, they may need the basic information from you to do pre-verification, but remember that data protection laws will protect your information.
If you are going to a new dentist, they will need the records from your old dentist. Or if the staff knows where you went to the dentist, they can transfer your records before you get there. If you send over your most recent dental x-rays, you might not have to get them done again at your next appointment. However, some practices still take x-rays. You’ll probably be asked why you’re there, so be ready to talk about any problems you’re having with your teeth.
Make a list of all the important questions you need to ask. For example, if your first language differs from what your dentist will probably speak, ask if any dentists speak your language or if there are any translation services available. People who plan to drive might want to know if there are any landmarks nearby and if there is enough parking. Is it a building on its own, or is it on the top floor of a complex? Finally, find out if there are any special arrangements you need to make.
Step 3: Call Or Make An Online Appointment Or Save On A Speed Dial
It’s important to have the number of an emergency dentist on “speed dial” so that if you need care right away, you don’t waste time trying to find someone nearby and available right away. If you already have a relationship with an emergency dentist, you’ll know right away who to call if you get hurt or have any other dental emergency.
If you have any questions, it’s best to call the dentist’s office to make an appointment. It can also feel good to hear a real person confirm that your appointment is set. However, for some people, it is better to book online.
As with any serious health problem, the faster you get treatment, the better the outcome. The same is the case with oral issues. If teeth are such a delicate part of the body, fake ones can never compete with real ones. So make sure you research and keep the dentist on speed dial for any oral emergencies to save yourself from trouble and pain.