One of the best things about the summer is traveling. You can pick up the family and live a wandering life for a few weeks on the road.
But what do you do if you run into trouble while traveling? Dental emergencies have no respect for your schedule, and they can occur at any time. Here’s how to respond.
Contact Your Dentist Right Away
If it’s possible, contact your dentist office right away for advice. Your dentist is in the best position to make recommendations about how to respond to an emergency, since they know the current state of your oral health. The issue may even be something they were anticipating, they just didn’t expect it to crop up yet, such as a dental crown that was starting to look suspicious..
Your dentist can tell you if you need to get professional care or if you can wait until you get home. They can also instruct you on how to perform any first aid or temporary treatments.
Your dentist may also be able to recommend a local dentist that can help. Most dentists maintain professional relationships with dentists around the country and they may know someone where you are that they feel comfortable recommending.
See a Local Dentist
If you can’t get ahold of your dentist and you’re concerned that you need care right away, try to get in touch with a local dentist. This can be stressful because you have to do a very abbreviated form of the typical search for a dentist and you may not have enough time to properly vet potential dentists.
If you’re traveling in the Houston area, Dr. Scott Young is highly recommended, but if you’re in other areas of the country, utilize online resources to find the right dentist to help. Look at dentists’ websites, independent review sites, and even social media to help you find a good dentist in the area.
If you’re traveling abroad, be aware that it may be common to practice dentistry without a license in some countries. Make sure you check the dentist’s credentials and that you’re able to communicate clearly with the dentist and staff.
Use the Emergency Room as a Last Resort
For many types of injury, the emergency room is a great place to go, but for dental injuries, you should consider it your last resort. Dental treatments offered at the emergency room are designed to get you processed through, not give you long-term results. They may be more likely to want to pull a tooth than preserve it. Restorations used may not be very cosmetic. And the care can be relatively expensive.
While you’d rather see a dentist, emergency room care is better than nothing.
See Your Dentist When You Get Back
Whether you got care or not while traveling, it’s important to see your main dentist once you get home. Your dentist will want to see what was done and may want to do a revision, especially if you got care abroad or in an emergency room. And you may need follow-up care. If you had a tooth removed, for example, replacement with a dental implant is better done sooner than later.
Whether you live in The Woodlands or are just visiting and need a quality dentist, please call (281) 367-5559 today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young, Purveyor of Fine Dentistry.