What is an emergency oral surgeon?
If you have had an accident that has resulted in dental trauma, your first thought might be to go straight to the hospital, however, this might not be the best course of action – particularly if you don’t have any medical injuries that need to be treated. An emergency oral surgeon is a professional dentist that will have appointments available 24 hours a day to help if you suffer an accident or injury; for the most part, it is not necessary to be registered with an emergency dentist in order to receive care – the majority of oral surgeons will realise that their patients have established a long-term working relationship with their family dentist and this is not something they necessarily want to lose just because they have had an injury. If you do approach a surgeon that you have not previously received treatment from, then you will need to fill in some basic information before you can be referred for surgery; this means details on any previous dental treatment and your general health, as well as any medication you may currently be taking. It’s important that you are forthright and accurate when supplying this information because your surgeon needs to know anything of any relevance that could affect the outcome.
Another great thing about this sort of dentistry is that it can take the pressure off local hospitals who have patients requesting assistance for specific dental problems; although doctors and nurses will be able to make them more comfortable and perhaps treat minor injuries, they won’t have the right skills or equipment to deal with things like enamel damage or root infection. As long as you don’t have any more pressing injuries to deal with, you should go to the dentist’s rather than the hospital because it could save you several hours in the waiting room behind people with more serious problems. Not only does this mean that patients have access to the right treatment when they need it, it also means doctors and other medical professionals can focus their energies elsewhere.
If you are thinking about changing dentists or you have recently relocated and you need to register with a new surgeon, you won’t do better than the Pearl Dental Clinic; this London surgery can provide 24 hour emergency appointments, regular maintenance, such as check-ups, cleaning, and extractions, and also the latest cosmetic techniques to repair or improve your smile if that is what you are after. Call today to make an appointment or to speak to a member of the team about the registration process and the treatments on offer.
Will my regular dentists provide emergency services?
Unless you are registered with a large clinic that has a big workforce, then it is unlikely that your local surgery will offer 24-hour emergency appointments; if they don’t have the resources and there is not high demand in the area for this kind of service then it just isn’t economically viable for them to operate in this way. It is probable that your regular dentist will have some provisions in place if they are not open 24 hours a day, this might include an answering machine with contact details of local surgeons may be able to help you and possibly emergency appointments first thing the next morning if you require immediate assistance.
If you are thinking about the need for emergency treatment because of an on-going dental problem, you don’t necessarily have to leave your regular dentist, but it can’t hurt to get some information on 24-hour clinics in the local area; talk to your dentist about the services on offer.
What should I do if I have an accident?
The first thing you need to remember is that it is important to try and stay calm whenever you are experiencing any type of emergency; that might be easier said than done if you are in pain or easily rattled but it really can make all the difference to the outcome if you can clear your head to some degree and try to focus on the best course of action. Your first thought might be to go straight to the hospital but you have to assess the damage and your symptoms to make sure you wouldn’t be better off going to the dentist. If you don’t feel you can cope with the situation or you are not sure what to do next there are several options open to you;
Call your dentist – as mentioned earlier, your regular dentist may have emergency appointments available and if not they should be able to put you in touch with someone who can help you immediately. For smaller clinics it is unlikely that the phone lines will be manned 24 hours a day so you could find yourself talking to an answering machine.
Speak to family and friends – in circumstances where one person is in pain, it can often help to get the opinion of a close friend or family member; although ultimately it is your decision whether or not you need to act on your injuries and seek treatment. It can also be helpful when organising travel to and from surgery if you are not in a fit state to be driving.
Call a dental phone line – these are very useful if you really don’t know what to; they are often available 24 hours a day and they allow patients to speak to a dental professional rather than a machine. Phone lines offer support and advice in the event of an emergency and in some cases a diagnosis can be made over the phone – which would save you a trip to the clinic. You are free to walk into the surgery and ask for treatment at short notice but there may not be an appointment available immediately, which is why dental lines are so useful; you can make an appointment for early the next morning and save yourself several hours in the waiting room.
As well as making bookings for people who have suffered dental trauma, it can often be reassuring and comforting to speak to someone who knows what they are talking about and can offer relevant information to move the process along.