Everyday I get more and more nervous about my toothache. I’ve had a crazy schedule with work and grad school and haven’t had a minute to get to a dentist. I thought I would be able to go during my break but it’s just not working out. My work hours increased and I really need the money. Ibuprofen kind of dulls the pain but it still hurts pretty bad. I am worried not that in the middle of the night the pain is going to kick in and I won’t be able to get rid of it. The only thing I can think of is to find a 24 hour dentist so if it gets too bad I can go in and get my tooth pulled. It may be the best thing to happen because I really only have time during sleeping hours anyway. If it gets too bad will a 24/7 dentist pull my tooth overnight? Thanks. Raven
Raven – The good news is that a 24-hour dentist will be able to speak with you, give you advice regarding your toothache, and help you with pain relief. Depending on the time of night and the emergency dentist’s policies, some dentists are available to see you at the office to relieve your pain. Many dentists offer weekend or extended hours for emergency patients, but the closing time is usually between 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
Fortunately, your tooth probably doesn’t need to be extracted. Usually the infection can be cleaned out, and the tooth will be protected with a porcelain crown. A root canal treatment requires the assistance of dental staff, so it is unlikely to be performed overnight. In the middle of the night, a dentist and the staff needed to assist him probably won’t be available to x-ray, examine, and treat your tooth.
Don’t wait until the situation is so urgent that you feel your tooth needs to be extracted. Take time from your busy schedule to see an emergency dentist during the office business hours.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.