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What Will Happen at An Emergency Dental Visit?

May 31, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — allanmohr @ 4:58 pm
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Millions of people across the U.S. will experience a dental emergency this year, and if you happen to be part of this unlucky group, you may wonder what will happen when you seek out help. There’s no need to stress, fortunately, because most dentists are highly experienced at dealing with many types of tooth-centric emergencies, and the appointment itself will consist of a few straightforward steps that will help you get the relief you need as soon as possible.

Step 1: Schedule An Emergency Appointment  

If you have a toothache, sustained a dental injury (chipped or cracked tooth), or if something just feels “off” about your teeth or bite, it’s smart to reach out to an emergency dentist as soon as possible. Dental problems rarely get better on their own and usually worsen if left untreated.

When you call the office, they’ll typically ask you about your symptoms, inquire if you’re in any pain, and schedule you for an appointment in the near future (potentially that same day). Most practices leave time open each day so they can get emergency patients in immediately!

Step 2: Emergency Exam

After you make it to the office, the dentist and team will examine your mouth to determine the cause and scope of your emergency (it’s not always obvious!). This may consist of a visual and tactile exam as well as X-rays.

Step 3: Presentation of Treatment

Your dentist and team will gather their findings and let you know exactly what is going on, and they’ll use this to propose a treatment plan. Depending on your situation, the procedures could be used to stop pain, repair physical damage, and/or restore your appearance. The dentist will stop your immediate pain before discussing this and also go over details like how your insurance will cover it and how long each treatment may take.

Step 4: Get Relief

Once you agree to a treatment plan, your dentist and their team will get to work. Their primary concern will be stopping your discomfort, and then they’ll focus on making repairs. They’ll ensure you walk out of the office feeling much better, but they may schedule a follow-up or two so they can restore your tooth and make sure the same problem doesn’t pop up in the future.

Dealing with a dental emergency can be scary and stressful, but going to the emergency dentist?…it’s relatively simple and will help you get back to your normal routine faster than anything else. That’s why it’s always wise to contact a dentist as soon as you even think you have an emergency.

About the Author

Dr. Allan Mohr has proudly served the Massapequa Park community for more than three decades, and he is one of the most widely respected restorative dentists in the United States. An in-demand trainer, speaker, and educator, he has literally helped thousands of patients overcome all types of dental pain and other emergencies. If you or a loved one is currently dealing with tooth pain, don’t wait–reach out to Dr. Mohr by calling (516) 541-7344 to schedule a same-day appointment.

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