In today’s hectic world, nothing ever seems to go as planned…especially during the warmer months of the year. This summer, kids will ride their bikes, only to fall off and get injured. Vacationers will travel, only to experience the pain of a cavity once they get there. And countless people will finally decide this is the summer to get that long postponed dental checkup, only to find out that their dentist has no appointments available until the fall.
It’s inevitable…a part of life some might say.
Yet, there is now a place to go when the unexpected happens this summer. Located at 9352 Calumet Avenue in Munster, UrgentDent Emergency & Family Dental Care is a one of a kind dental experience. First opened in 2007, UrgentDent symbolizes quite a different model of dentistry than what we all might be used to.
UrgentDent is very service-oriented and are dedicated to listening to patients and making all decisions with their well being in mind. UrgentDent realizes People are so busy these days, and they can become easily frustrated when they can’t see their family dentist when they need to. They work with their patient’s every step of the way to ensure that they are agreeing with how we plan to proceed with their dental procedures. Their mission is to provide immediate relief to those suffering from dental pain.
The office offers a number of services including free denture consultations, same day denture reline or repair during weekdays and immediate dentures with extractions. Walk-ins are always welcome, and the office features handicapped accessibility and state of the art equipment. In terms of payments for services rendered, patient financing is offered and Indiana Medicaid and most PPO’s are accepted in terms of insurance options.
One of the great benefits of UrgentDent is, in fact, their extended hours. Perfect for the working adult or the busy children, UrgentDent is open six days Monday - Saturday a week from 9am-7pm. Whether it is a toothache, or a tooth that has been knocked out, or any other dental emergency, the skilled staff at UrgentDent is available for your convenience. This unique aspect of the dental practice seems custom made for parents of small children, who are often the victims of a majority of summer accidents that involve their precious teeth.
UrgentDent deals with a number of sports trauma and accidents to children’s teeth. Especially in children, handling a dental injury right away is crucial. In just under an hour they are able to re-implant the teeth if they are knocked out. UrgentDent Associates constantly have parents come in and tell them that they are so appreciative that we were open and had the skills to take care of the problem right away.
Often, the reasoning behind some people being hesitant to seeing their own dentist is simply fear. UrgentDent has a special anxiety management program in place that makes sure that patients are as comfortable as possible. Medication can be prescribed to patients if they need something to calm down a bit before a dental procedure.
The offices list of emergency dentistry offers is lengthy, including whitening, cosmetic dentistry, root canal therapy, tooth colored fillings, crowns and bridges, wisdom teeth extraction, dentures, periodontal treatment, gingivectomies, sports injuries, veneers, night guards and implants. If it hurts, Urgent Dent considers it as an emergency. Even injuries that seem small or superficial can affect the living tissues inside of the teeth.
The urgent care portion of the business is also extremely welcoming to adult patients who experience dental trauma of their own, but are unable to get in to see their own dentist. “We see a number of patients with infected teeth,” says Urgent Dent Associates. “Most emergency rooms don’t have dental knowledge to deal with such problems, so they are referred to us. When they are in pain, it’s nice to know that they can be seen here, especially when their regular dentist cannot accommodate them anytime soon.”
The stories in which the staff at UrgentDent was right there when patients needed them are many. It often comes down simply to a timing issue. UrgentDent had a patient who was off to go to school in Boston, and her mom simply brought her in to get the necessary work done now since she wouldn’t be home for awhile. It’s nice to get things like that off your mind, especially when you are headed out of town. We are committed to providing exceptional emergency dental care as well as complete family dental care.
In addition to their urgent care practice, UrgentDent also has a fully equipped family practice where they regularly see patients. They have seen over 10,000 patients in the last five years they have been in business. The fact is that many people who come in to see them on an emergency basis actually stay with them, and they essentially become their family dental provider.
During each and every visit, patients are screened extensively in terms of their overall health, including hypertension (blood pressure). Doing these kinds of screenings within the dental office is becoming more and more common, and more and more necessary.
When patients come in, UrgentDent likes to evaluate them, especially when they might not be seeing their physician regularly. They saw a patient last year who came in for an abscess tooth, and had mentioned that he had no reason to see his regular physician for the past 10 years. UrgentDent took their blood pressure, and instantly knew something was wrong. In fact, they refused to do any dentistry work on the patient until the patient was were seen by a physician. Ends up that he did go to the emergency room, and he was about to experience a ruptured aneurysm. The patient could have died!
Seeing over 800 patients a month, the Munster expansion is necessary in the near future. UrgentDent will be expanding their operation to accommodate more patients in different locations.
FOR MORE INFO:
Emergency & Family Dental Care
9352 Calumet Avenue
Phone (219) 513-0555