I live in two states. One I live in eight months of the year and the other four months of the year. Normally, I only see a dentist in state one, where I spend most of my time. However, this past winter, while I was in the other state, I ended up with a dental emergency. I looked up emergency dentists and called their office. They got me in the same day and got me out of pain, then followed up a week later and finished out the treatment I needed. Overall, it was a great experience, especially considering how much pain I was in. I wondered if emergency dentists can do other things. Like, could I go to both dentists just as dentists or do emergency dentists only work on emergencies?
That is a great question. In reality, emergency dentists are actually just general dentists who arrange their hours so that if a patient, or even a non-established patient, has a dental emergency, they can work them in for treatment. Often, these are dentists who understand that many people have a dental phobia and end up in dental emergency situations, or who are away from home when things blow up. They want them to have options for treatment.
I am glad it was such a great experience for you. As to whether this dentist can do everything your one in the other state can, it would depend on the type of services offered. All general dentists will do your basic bread and butter dentistry, such as cleanings, fillings, and crowns. However, other dentists offer things such as sedation dentistry, teeth whitening, or even more advanced procedures such as dental implants and porcelain veneers.
I would speak to the dentist, who worked on your emergency situation about what services you generally need and see if he offers them.
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