Sometimes when you have a dental emergency, you need to get a dentist’s opinion right away. However, it’s not always convenient to stop by the dentist’s office. When you need a dentist fast, teledentistry is here to help! With our new teledentistry platform you can virtually chat with one of our dentists anytime, anywhere. Here are just a few times when our emergency dentists might recommend teledentistry to suit your needs. After-Hours Emergencies According to the American Dental Association, most emergency rooms do not have dentists on staff to properly treat dental emergencies. Instead, they can only prescribe painkillers and sometimes antibiotics that do not treat the source of the patient’s pain. 39% of these patients must return to the emergency room at some point to seek further treatment, as their dental needs are not adequately addressed. On top of that, emergency room visits are expensive. Dental-related visits to the ER can cost anywhere from $400 to $1500, depending on the treatment. An e-visit with our emergency dentists, on the other hand, is just $49—a small charge that is automatically credited towards your dental treatment if you need to come in for a follow-up visit. Emergencies When You’re Busy Whether you have to juggle kids or navigate a career (or both!) life can get hectic. There’s never a good time to have a dental emergency, but when something goes wrong right in the middle of a busy season, it can be hard to make time to come to the dentist. On top of that, not every dental mishap warrants a visit to the emergency dentist, but it’s hard to know which kinds of injuries are serious without a medical opinion. Our teledentistry platform can help give you peace of mind when you’re going through a busy season. With teledentistry, you’ll be able to video chat with one of our emergency dentists wherever you are. We can help you determine whether you need to come in for an in-person appointment and, if not, we can give you advice about your treatment options. All of this can take place in the comfort of your own home! Vacation Dental Emergencies When you’re on vacation and an emergency arises, don’t panic. It can be hard to know what to do when you’re away from your regular dentist, but our teledentistry platform can instantly connect you with one of our trusted family dentists no matter where you are. Our dentists can help you decide whether you should be looking for emergency dental treatment in your vacation destination. We’ll be able to look at your teeth and let you know whether your dental emergency should be treated right away or if it can wait until you’re back in town. Ready to Make Your Appointment? If you’re interested in an e-visit with one of our Hudsonville emergency dentists, you can learn more about the teledentistry process on our website: www.ineedadentistnow.com. To schedule a dental visit, call Hudsonville Dental at (616) 209-4024.