Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.
Of all the various types of dentists, none are viewed with such reverence by their patients as emergency dentists. Most dentists will offer some forms of emergency services, but sometimes it can be tricky to find them. This is especially true of after-hours emergency dentists who work with dental crown problems. There are a few things that you’ll want to keep in mind concerning these dentists, from how to find one to what they do. Hopefully you’ll never need one but, if you do, knowing a little more can certainly help. First of all, a quick search online or in your phone book may help you find your dentist’s number. A dentist often has a separate emergency number and in some cases their office phone will transfer your call to that line. Either way, see if you can find out more about your dentist. It’s important to note that some dentists simply don’t handle emergencies – especially something like a crown problem. During a regular office visit, you may want to ask your dentist about their willingness to handle this sort of situation. If your dentist won’t help, you can usually find a different one who is happy to provide emergency service. One thing to keep in mind about after-hours emergency dentists who deal with dental crown problems is that they probably won’t make an emergency appointment for a simple crown detachment. If your tooth actually broke off, taking the crown with it, that’s an entirely different situation and one that will often lead to an emergency appointment. In the case of a crown that’s simply fallen off, they’ll probably try to work you in at their earliest possible opening instead of opening the office for a fifteen minute procedure. That sort of dental crown problem most likely isn’t really causing you any pain at all. In some cases, even a broken tooth will only be met with an early appointment and a call-in prescription of pain medication. Each dentist operates differently and finding the right one can be tricky, but is necessary. Either way, knowing these basic pointers will help you understand their side of things. You may even be able to locate an after-hours emergency dentist through online listings; your chances of an immediate appointment are much better. No matter what, try not to panic. Remember that they will help you as soon as they can.