Like medical emergencies, there will be times when you experience a dental emergency. Unlike medical emergencies where you can go to any hospital because they have an emergency room, dental emergencies are a bit different. You need to go to an emergency dentist.
What is an Emergency Dentist?
The main point that you need to know is that all emergency dentists are dentists, but not all dentists provide emergency care.
An emergency dentist is able to treat the same problems any normal dentists treat. Usually, they treat two common types of problems: problems that arise from issues with previous dental work like unexpected filling losses or dental emergencies caused by tooth trauma.
How Are They Different from the Normal Dentist?
Emergency dentists have their practices equipped to handle dental emergencies. This simply means they are able to see patients on short notice and that they have access to specific tools needed for an emergency. A regular family dentist would require an appointment for a consult.
Emergency dentists like Dr. Reese also have the needed expertise to handle emergency situations. They understand the trauma these emergencies bring to the patients and have the mindset to effectively solve or temporarily fix a situation.
Finding an Emergency Dentist
If you already have a family dentist, check to see if he provides emergency services. Most simply don’t because of scheduling issues, lack of expertise or insurance issues. Most dentists form partnerships and networks with other dentists to provide emergency or “on-call” assistance for their patients. Large-scale practices have emergency specialists on standby 24/7.
You need to consider a few things when choosing an emergency dentist. Expertise in tooth care is essential. From tooth trauma, abscess and post-surgery complications, he should be able to have enough experience and knowledge in treating a variety of dental problems. It would also be a great plus if he can relay what was done during emergency treatment to your primary or family dentist to ensure continuity of care. Reliability is also important. When looking for an emergency dentist, ask them upfront if they will be able to provide services at any time of the day or if they have quality customer service hotlines you can have access to.
Dr. Ted Reese – Indianapolis Emergency Dentist
If you live in the Indianapolis area, Dr. Ted Reese can perform dental emergencies. You can call 317-882-0228 during business hours from Monday through Friday between 8am to 5pm. If you have an emergency after business hours, please call the emergency pager at 317-394-7009.