If I was to ask you what emergency services you would like to have near you then of course you would go into the police, hospitals and the fire service, perhaps even a gas specialist, yet would you put dentist in that list? I have to be honest, prior to the beginning of last year having an emergency dentist near me would have been the last of my concerns but my goodness how it has helped myself and 2 members of the family.
What I hadn’t realized is that not every dental practice offers emergency treatment or appointments, as I discovered last year. Thankfully I found that I did have an emergency dentist nearby and here is why I would recommend that you find one close to where you live, and look after their number.
The first point to mention here is that you can of course always go to a hospital if you have an emergency issue but what will probably happen there is that they will help with pain and discomfort, and then refer you to an emergency dentist. If you have a dentist closely then you can cut out the middle man and go straight to the place where you will get the best care. I had 4 teeth knocked out last year in a sporting accident and were it not for that emergency dentist, I could have ended up in much worse shape than I did.
Speed is Key
Much like with so many injuries or issues, the speed at which the problem is addressed is absolutely critical. After those 4 teeth had been knocked out, I hadn’t realized but there was a great amount of dirt that had remained in the cavity of the teeth and had this been left untreated for much longer I could’ve ended up with severe infections which could’ve caused untold damage to my gums. Ultimately the faster that you are able to get some care, the better your prognosis is, and that goes for a wide number of issues and incidents which can take place with your teeth.
For whatever reason issues of the mouth and the teeth seem to worsen at night, and those who have infections or abscesses find that the middle of the night is hell, unable to sleep and in agony. As we all know, there aren’t too many dental practices which are open in the middle of the night, with the exception of the emergency dentists. Now if you were to go to the hospital with such pains or complaints then they would likely put you in the queue along with everyone else and you’ll have to wait your turn behind those with injured limbs or high fevers, and you will not be the priority. If however you can get to an emergency dentist nearby then you will be seen to quicker and you can get the issue resolved.
It is likely that you do have an emergency dentist nearby, the key is to plan ahead and make sure you have that number to hand.