I had a temporary crown break. My dentist said it would be several days before he could see me and that this wasn’t considered an emergency. I called another dentist explaining the situation. He fit me in right away and said it most definitely is an emergency. How can there be such a difference in emergency standards?

Jean F. – Philadelphia

Jean,

Every dentist is different in what their dental emergency policy is. Some dentists will see you the same day, even if you’re not a patient of theirs. Others may not see even their own patients, unless they’ve lost a tooth.

The key is to discuss these policies with your dentist before there is an actual issue. That way you’re not taken by surprise when something does arise.

It sounds like you demand more individualized care from your dentist and your current dentist’s policy might not fit with your expectations.

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