March 3, 2020
Although you might never expect it to happen to you, dental emergencies are quite common. In fact, research reveals 1 in 6 Americans faces one annually. While there’s never a good time for an emergency to occur, if you have a sudden oral health problem during the COVID-19 crisis, it can be especially alarming because many dental offices are closed. Where do you go? Who do you turn to for help? Don’t worry, here are 5 simple tips to find an emergency dentist to save your tooth.
1. Ask Family & Friends for Recommendations
If you conduct a Google search for dentists in your area, you will be provided with a large selection to work through. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You can get a shortlist of potential emergency dentists by asking your friends and family members for recommendations.
2. Ensure They Meet Your Needs
You have unique needs when it comes to your oral health, such as a convenient location, flexible office hours, and affordable care. Before scheduling an appointment, ask the front desk specific questions about the exact accommodations you need to ensure nothing stands in your way of treating your dental emergency.
3. Choose Modern Services
An oral health issue that requires immediate care is already a hassle, like a broken tooth. You don’t want to further complicate the situation by having to be referred to another location or waiting to get the treatment you need. You can skip the headache by choosing a modern dental office. Besides complete services from one location, choose a practice that embraces the latest technologies to save time while enhancing the results.
4. Look for Affordability
Don’t let a dental emergency go untreated because you fear a large bill. Choose a dentist who works with your insurance carrier to maximize your annual benefits to lower the amount you need to pay. Also, choose a location that offers a variety of payment options to cover any remaining balance, like CareCredit.
5. Choose Cleanliness & Safety
Now, it’s more important than ever for a dental office to maintain a sterile environment. When you walk into the dental office, take a quick look around to ensure it’s neat and organized. Makes sure the dental staff is wearing the correct protective gear when evaluating patients, like gloves.
Get the Immediate Care You Need
Despite COVID-19 changing your dentist’s availability, don’t let a dental emergency go untreated. Waiting until restrictions are lifted could cost you your tooth. Instead, choose an emergency dentist to provide you with the immediate care you need. They will follow the appropriate protocols to ensure your safety. Don’t wait until it’s too late to get the treatment you need.
About Dr. Gregory M. Solich
Dr. Gregory M. Solich is committed to delivering efficient care patients need to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. He is always there for his patients, even during dental emergencies. If you have an unexpected oral health problem, contact us for an appointment. We will also walk you through the appropriate first aid at home until you can get to our office.
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