Dental emergencies are just like any other emergency: you never know when they’ll happen. But when they do, you’ll want to know exactly what to do because time is of the essence. That means you should do your research ahead of the need for an emergency dentist so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute. If you have kids, this is doubly important! Many general dentists offer emergency dental services, as does Redwood Dental, along with a 24/7 line for convenience. Other dentists simply don’t have the resources for emergency dental services.
Here is a checklist to help you find the best emergency dentist for you.
- Reputation: Choose a few dentists in your area and research each one. Ask questions like how long they have been in that location, what experience the dentists have, and what state of the art equipment they use. Check out local reviews and go on social media to ask around. A dentist that doesn’t treat his patients nicely won’t get far in your town. So trust experience and trust word of mouth.
- Availability: A good emergency dentist will have a 24/7 line you can call to reach an on-call dentist at any hour of the day or night. What is the dentist’s policy on emergencies? What qualifies as an emergency and what doesn’t? Are the charges more expensive than typical visits?
- Quality of care: Find out how the dentist treats certain emergencies. Most will provide a quick exam to determine the problem. You may need an extraction or other emergency procedure if time is of the essence. Other times, you may be asked to go back another time for a follow-up procedure or extensive work. Your dentist will check your medical history before performing work to avoid complications.
- Cost: Obtain a list of emergency procedure costs. On the whole, emergency dental work comes at a higher price tag than general dentistry services during normal business hours. Because the dentist has to come in during his or her personal time to tend to your emergency, you can expect a higher cost for anything from fixing knocked out teeth to dealing with an abscessed tooth. That being said, your dental insurance plan should cover some or most of the emergency dental work. Just be sure to call your insurance company first.
- Follow-up care: Find out what the dentist will expect of you for follow-up care. Most dentists will want you to come back later, if only to check on the healing process.
Contact Redwood Dental
There are many things to think about when it comes to choosing a Southeast Michigan emergency dentist. Redwood Dental offers emergency dentistry on site, so if you have a dental emergency in Metro Detroit at any time, please call us at 800-462-2222.