Yes we do take dental emergencies! I always try to make myself available. If I am not in the office and the phone rings, I will immediately get a text message from my answering service. One time I was on my way into New York City on the Northern State Parkway but turned right around so I could take care of a patient of record. Most recently I drove off of the Ferry line just before loading so I could see another patient. Some of our most loyal patients first came to us as emergency patients.
Last Saturday a woman called – very upset because her front tooth had fallen out of her partial denture. I told her to come right over. I did a quick tooth repair to get her through the weekend and scheduled her for Monday morning when I could take an impression for a more durable solution. This week a woman called – also upset – because her bridge (fabricated by another dentist) had fallen out. Again I told her to come right over and I made her a provisional crown until we could discuss more permanent solutions.
I find that it is very gratifying to help out people who are in distress. To be able to help people achieve dental health and a beautiful smile is one of the reasons why I chose dentistry as a career.