What is an emergency dentist?
If you have never suffered dental trauma and you don’t have any difficult dental conditions that need regular attention, then you might not be familiar with the provisions put in place to help you if you should experience a dental emergency. Emergency dentists are normally available twenty-four hours a day to make sure that both registered and unregistered patients have access to care when they need it, and appointments should be arranged within twenty-four hours of initial notification. Not all clinics will be able to provide this level of care but there are plenty of dentists up and down the country that can provide immediate treatment for dental emergencies, and most of the time you won’t need to be registered with a specific clinic in order to make an appointment.
If you are thinking about changing dentists or you would like to find a new clinic after moving house, you should consider registering with a surgery that can provide general day-to-day care and also emergency treatment twenty-four hours a day, so that you are covered for every eventuality. The Pearl Dental Clinic is a surgery in the Kingston area of London that can offer both types of dental treatment and also various cosmetic restorations to improve your teeth if that’s what you would like to do. There is always someone available to take your call and to speak to you about the numerous treatments on offer, so give them a call to get the registration process underway.
As mentioned earlier, it is not strictly necessary to be registered with a certain clinic if you do need help, but it could make the process move along a little bit faster if all your details are already in the system for the staff to look at. If you request assistance from a dentist that you have not been previously associated with, then you will be expected to fill in a short questionnaire detailing your current health condition and any other dental surgery you may have undergone – as well as any allergies or medication you might be taking. It’s important that you are as honest and accurate as possible when answering the relevant questions; you are only putting your own health at risk if you chose to conceal something that may affect your treatment later on.
As well as providing twenty-four hour care for anyone who needs it, emergency dentists are also great because they take the pressure off local hospitals by removing patients from the waiting room who have specific dental problems, rather than medical ones. If you manage to injure your teeth without suffering any other problems then you would be better off going to the dental clinic rather than the hospital because the dentist will have the right skills to help with things like enamel damage and broken fillings. Doctors and nurses certainly have the training to help with medical problems but they are likely to have other patients with more serious injuries that need immediate assistance.
How much does emergency treatment cost?
It’s difficult to say how much any individual emergency treatment will cost, but it tends to be more expensive arranging an immediate surgical operation than it is for a scheduled appointment with your regular dentist. It stands to reason that emergency treatment costs more than normal bookings because arranging an appointment at short notice takes more time and money than it would if it was done through regular dental channels.
If it transpires that you need to have a lot of expensive treatment then you might be able to negotiate a payment scheme with your chosen dentist to allow you to break down the lump sum into more affordable chunks – sometimes as little as a few pounds a day. This might not be something all clinics are open to but it’s certainly worth mentioning if you are struggling financially.
What should I do if I have an accident?
If you injure yourself or you suffer with on-going dental problems, you need to consider whether you would be better off going to the hospital or the emergency dental clinic; the first thing you need to remember is that you should try and stay calm – that’s often easier said than done if you are in pain or you don’t know what to do next. You could ask the opinion of a friend or family member if you are not sure about your condition, or you might like to speak to a professional over the phone about arranging treatment. Dental phone lines are available from most twenty-four hour clinics to offer support and advice to people who are experiencing an emergency; although it is not strictly necessary that you let the surgery know you are on your way, some patients find it helpful and informative to speak to someone who knows what they are talking about.
Damaging your teeth is obviously a dental emergency if they are broken or knocked-out of their sockets and timing is key in situations like these; you need to get to the dentist as soon as you can to get the damage repaired. If you have on-going problems with infection or disease then you can consider this to an emergency and make an appointment with the dentist; however, if you notice other symptoms like nausea and dizziness then you should go to the hospital instead because you may be suffering from blood poisoning. Even enamel chips and other physical damage can be labelled an emergency if they instantly alter the way the teeth appear – this is not usually something most patients want to live with for very long without getting it fixed.
Toothache is not always considered to be an emergency condition but it can be indicative of other problems like decay and disease, which need to be treated in good time before they deteriorate further and cause more problems. It’s rarely a good idea to ignore these kinds of symptoms because the pain won’t go away without professional assistance. Dental pain might not be life threatening but it can be difficult to live with if it gets out of control and interrupts daily habits like eating and sleeping.