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.
Losing a dental cap can be a sudden, unexpected, and sometimes even painful experience but it’s important to stay calm. It’s often not as bad as it seems at first, so be sure you take the time to relax before taking the steps to handle the problem. Finding an after-hours dentist to replace a cap will probably be one of your top priorities and tracking one down isn’t as difficult as you might think. To start your search for an after-hours dentist to replace a cap, call the dentist who attached it or your regular dental care professional. You’ll often get a message telling you what to do in emergency situations. Follow those instructions and you’ll likely get in touch with the dental professional you need within a matter of minutes. You can also use local phone listings if you’re not having luck since most local listings will include several emergency dental providers you can contact in situations like this. A third option is to run a search on the internet. There are online databases that list emergency dentists who have registered with them or a simple search on Google or Bing can often give you plenty of dentists to choose from. When your regular dentist isn’t able to help, this is one option worth doing. In many cases, the emergency contact information will be posted so you don’t have to spend longer than necessary to find the dentist and schedule an appointment with them. With all of that said, it’s important to remember some after-hours dentists won’t actually consider a dislodged cap to be a major emergency. The exception is when a cap has come off due to a broken tooth in which case they’ll likely see you quickly. With that in mind, realize there are dentists who will see you to replace a cap no matter the circumstances. So if you don’t find one at first, you can continue looking if you don’t want to wait for a specific dentist to open their office during regular hours and work you into their schedule.