What do you do when you get a toothache or break a tooth in the middle of the night? And as it so happens, your dentist doesn’t offer 24 hour dental treatment or they are simply unavailable. The question that lingers is, how can l get a good dentist in such a short notice?
Here’s how you can go about it.
Talk to your dentist
In case of a dental emergency, the first person you should contact is your dentist. If they are unavailable, they can refer you to another dentist who’s obviously as good as them and most importantly, accepts your dental insurance plan. If you don’t have a dental provider, all is not lost. You can get good recommendations from friends and family. People you trust come in handy when looking for the right emergency dentist in your area.
Visit a local emergency hospital/clinic
A toothache or tooth pain can be an excruciating experience and there is no way anyone can ignore it. Also, a tooth can be lost and some conditions may worsen if you don’t seek immediate dental attention. So, if your search of finding the right emergency dentist proves unfruitful, visit the closest emergency clinic. Well, it may not be what you were looking/ hoping for, but they can attend to your immediate dental needs. And if a follow-up is required, you can carry on with your regular dentist.
So far, this is a better option than staying with the pain.
Well, if you are not comfortable visiting your local emergency clinic, there are other means of finding the right emergency dentist for your needs.
Hit the internet
The internet is one of the best and fastest ways of finding the right dentist in your area. There are a couple of things you should look out for if you want to ensure you get the best dentist for your needs.
Location– for conveniency sake, look for emergency dentists within your local area. So in case you need a follow up, it’s easier to access the dental services and also avoid unnecessary transportation costs.
Insurance– It’s extremely important to look for a specialist who is in network with your insurance company. This of course will save you tons of money. In case your insurance only covers part of the procedure, find out if the dentist has financing options.
Dentist background information– let not the toothache drive you to just any emergency dentist. Check out their educational history; qualifications and skills acquired, work experience, disciplinary records and make sure they are licensed.