Dental Emergency? How to Find a Dentist ASAP

January 9, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentistintulsa @ 2:04 am

Woman in the waiting room at an emergency dentistA dental emergency can happen with no warning. Don’t panic! You need to get to an emergency dentist quickly. However, many people don’t keep a phone number handy for an emergency dentist. Don’t worry. Here’s how to find a great dentist to help you through the stressful situation. 

Common Dental Emergencies

No one ever expects to suffer a dental emergency, but it’s more common than you might think. 1 in 6 Americans will experience a dental emergency this year. Not all will result from accidents or injuries. Many will be caused by untreated oral health issues, like tooth decay or gum disease. A few of the most prevalent dental emergencies include:

  • Displaced Tooth
  • Toothache
  • Object Stuck in Teeth
  • Lost Filling or Crown
  • Broken Denture
  • Chipped or Broken Tooth

Hospital ER VS. Emergency Dentist

Whether you have a toothache or lost a crown, time is of the utmost importance. Don’t waste valuable minutes heading to the hospital because they aren’t equipped to treat dental problems. At most, they can prescribe antibiotics or pain relievers. Unless you have a medical emergency, it’s best to contact a dentist. They can treat the underlying problem to restore your oral health.

Tips to Find an Emergency Dentist

If you need to get to a dentist in a hurry, here are a few tips to help you choose the best emergency dental practice:

  • Contact Your Dentist: Call your general dentist to see if they offer emergency services. They might be able to fit you into their schedule.
  • Ask Friends and Family for Recommendations: Ask your loved ones for any recommendations to find a trusted dentist in your area.
  • Read Online Reviews: Read online reviews for dentists near you to learn more about the quality of care and scope of services you can expect.

Your emergency dentist will get you into the office and address any pain. Besides a visual examination, they may take digital X-rays or perform other diagnostic services. They’ll review their findings with you and recommend a treatment plan. They’ll explain exactly what you can expect on the road ahead.

Although no one has the time for an unplanned trip to the dentist, don’t wait to schedule an appointment. A minor issue can turn into a big problem that just might cost you your tooth.

About Dr. Areon Smith

Dr. Smith strives to create positive dental experiences using the latest innovations in dentistry. She achieved her dental degree from the Meharry Medical College and has regularly pursued additional training to provide up-to-date dental care. She is affiliated with the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association, and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Request an appointment through her website or call her office at (918) 262-5622.

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