A dental emergency is when an individual experiences acute trauma or injury to the head, face and/or mouth or has difficulty swallowing, talking, or the ability to chew and could be life threatening. If so, STOP READING and seek immediate care from a nearby hospital emergency room or call 911 for immediate assistance.
For all not life-threatening dental emergencies such as a throbbing toothache or a broke, chipped, or a cracked tooth, keep reading to learn how to schedule and what to expect when scheduling a same-day, emergency dentist appointment at Dentistry for the Entire Family in Fridley, MN.
Emergency dentist appointment: Don’t wait—Call at 7:30am, M-F
If you or a loved one is in need of emergency dental care, call your dentist ASAP, or when they open. For your convenience, Dentistry for the Entire Family opens at 7:30am, Monday-Friday.
Most dental offices have a limited number of reserved times set aside each business day in order to accommodate dental emergencies for existing and/or new-patients. By calling first thing in the morning, you increase the likelihood that your dentist will be able to schedule a same-day emergency appointment for you.
Dentistry for the Entire Family welcomes new-patients
Dentistry for the Entire Family in Fridley, MN welcomes new-patients and is in network with most employer provided dental insurance carriers.
If you do not currently have an established dental home, Dentistry for the Entire Family welcomes new-patients. We are in network with most employer provided dental insurance plans. Listed below is our protocol for how we accommodate same-day appointment requests for a dental emergency.
Our #1 priority is to diagnose your problem & relieve your pain
Our #1 priority is to diagnose your problem and help relieve your immediate pain which may or may not include the completion of proposed treatment.
**Note: Proposed treatment may or may not be completed during your emergency appointment. It largely depends upon what treatment and how much time is necessary to complete treatment. If treatment can not be completed the same day, your dentist will discuss pain relief options with you and one of our scheduling coordinators will schedule a return visit for you to complete treatment.
Scheduling a same-day dental emergency appointment
- Call Dentistry for the Entire Family ASAP for an appointment. Monday-Friday, as we have a limited number of reserved times set aside each day to handle existing and new-patients who are experiencing an emergency or urgent dental care concern.
- When you call, a scheduling coordinator will ask you the following questions (listed below) in order to help schedule you an appointment. If you have dental insurance, please have your insurance card or information ready when you call
Are you a current patient of record or will you be a new-patient?
Describe the location of painful tooth or concern
Ask you to rate the level of pain on a scale of 1-10 (10 being unbearable)
When did the pain begin or tooth break, etc?
What have you taken to help manage the pain?
Approximately, how long has it been since your last dental visit for an exam?
Do you have any dental insurance** that we will submit to on your behalf?
**Dentistry for the Entire Family is in network from most employer offered dental insurance providers.Please have your insurance card or information available when you call. Doing so, will enable Theresa, our insurance and billing specialist to obtain a breakdown of your dental benefits for you prior to your appointment and better estimate your co-payment due at time services are rendered.
Same-day appointment times vary day to day depending upon pre-scheduled appointments. Most same-day appointments appointment times are during the day. Why? In the event that your emergency requires a referral to a specialist, most specialists are not open or offer late afternoon/after work appointment times.
That being said, most emergencies can be handled and resolved in our office by one of our four gentle dentists without a referral to a specialist. The primary exception is for patients who request IV sedation in order to have tooth/teeth extracted by an oral surgeon.
***Important note: Too often, people in pain call to schedule a same-day appointment only if we’ll ‘guarantee’ to pull their tooth at their emergency dental appointment. This is unrealistic without a definitive diagnosis of what treatment is necessary to resolve your emergency. Our #1 goal is to relieve your immediate pain. Depending upon treatment needed, a return visit may be necessary to complete treatment.
New-patients can complete new-patient registration forms online via our online services page. Scroll down about ⅓ the way and click on the green circle that says “Complete patient registration forms. Follow the prompts to complete your forms. Afterwards, your completed forms will be downloaded into your electronic record at time of check-in.
Emergency dentist appointment: what to expect
Emergency dental appointment check-in
If you can, please try and arrive 5-10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will allow our front office staff adequate time to complete your check-in and have you complete and/or sign any required documentation as well as photocopy your dental insurance card and driver’s license.
Emergency dental appointment procedure
- A dental assistant will escort you to one of our treatment rooms and review your completed medical and dental history forms. They’ll also ask you questions similar to those asked of you to schedule your appointment about your dental emergency.
- Afterwards, they’ll discuss your emergency with the dentist. The dentist will request the dental assistant to take any necessary digital x rays in order to help diagnose your dental emergency.
- After requested x rays are taken, the dentist will perform a clinical exam and afterwards, share their findings with you. They’ll discuss the pros and cons for each available treatment option so you can make an informed decision regarding treatment. The dentist will also let you know if and what treatment can be immediately rendered to help relieve your pain.
The dentist’s #1 priority is to relieve your immediate pain so you can make an informed decision regarding treatment. This may or may not include the ability to complete treatment as discussed. A return appointment may be necessary to complete treatment.
Emergency dentist appointment check-out procedure
Upon completion of your appointment, your dental assistant will have one of our scheduling coordinators schedule a return visit (if necessary). Payment (including co-payment for people with dental insurance) for services rendered will be collected. Dentistry for the Entire Family accepts cash, check, and credit cards. We are also a participating Care Credit provider.
We value your dental appointment experience
We value your feedback and want to know how you felt about your experience. Following your appointment, we’ll send you an invitation for feedback. We take pride and strive to provide each patient with a five-star dental appointment experience.
If for whatever reason, you are not happy about your experience, please let us know. You can share your feedback with the (direct feedback) link provided, call, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All feedback is reviewed internally.
Ready to schedule a same-day emergency dentist appointment?
Call Dentistry for the Entire Family at 763-586-9988. We are open Monday thru Friday at 7:30 am.