Finding a good emergency dentist can be tough. It is easy to get into a routine and so when an emergency happens the general dentist may refer the patient out to a specialist. There are so many things that can happen to cause a dental emergency. From car accidents, sports injuries, to just plain accidents that involve the oral cavity. As a parent, you will know, based on how your child is during the emergency. of when to take your child to the emergency department or if you should wait to see the dentist the next day. As always though, it is better to be safe than sorry. Again, you may be referred to a good emergency dentist by going ahead and going in.
If you don’t have a general dentist to go to first it is important to seek the advice of a medical professional first. Going to an immediate care facility could possibly lead to a referral of a specialist or general dentist who can then refer you to a specialist.
The reason an Endodontist would be needed is trauma to the nerve (pulp) of the tooth. In children under 5 or 6 that have deciduous (baby) teeth, the tooth should remain in the mouth until the permanent ones come in. An Endodontist can check to see if any damage occurred to the permanent teeth coming in behind the baby teeth as well. The baby teeth aid in speech, chewing, and digestion. They are important to keep in place, however, if a child falls and the tooth is damaged then it may need to be removed. There is a procedure called a pulpectomy that can be done to help save the tooth. This is where the bulk of the nerve is removed but not a full root canal treatment is completed. Only a portion of the nerve is removed and a medicinal base is applied and then a filling.
In conclusion, finding a good emergency dentist can be done in several ways. As mentioned before, seek out a medical professional like at an immediate care facility. Or another way to find one is by asking your friends and family who they use. Also, in recent years an online referral dental database has been introduced. You can just type in or ask depending on your device, to locate a good emergency dentist. Some sites require you to enter your zip code and maybe even a general description of the emergency so that they can get you directed to the appropriate dentist.