Toothache does not adhere to the opening times. Here you can find out what you can do if the tooth hurts when no dental practice is open and how to contact the emergency dental service.
When can the emergency dental service be reached?
The dental on-call service can be reached outside of the usual consultation hours.
- on the weekend
- on holidays
- at night
Since emergencies are exceedingly rare at night, emergency care is usually centralized in certain dental clinics.
Dental emergency service: The emergency service information
So far there is no nationwide telephone number for the dental on-call service. To find out the corresponding local telephone number, you can look it up in the telephone book.
The emergency service information will then tell you which dentist on duty you can contact.
Who treats in the dental emergency service?
The dental associations organize nationwide dental on-call services. All dentists must take part and make their practice available to treat pain patients.
This means that a local resident dentist will treat you during the emergency consultation and, with a little luck, you will not have to travel far to his practice.
Pain treatment costs
For those insured with a statutory health insurance company, pain treatment is free, provided you present your insurance card.
If it provides additional services or dental prosthesis services, additional costs may arise as usual, which the patient must bear, unless you have taken out additional dental insurance.
Dental emergency service: What complaints should you call with?
Symptoms that require immediate dental treatment are:
- Accidental injuries: tooth fracture, jaw fracture, etc.
- Bleeding after dental surgery
- Febrile inflammation: jaw abscess (thick cheek), tooth nerve inflammation, etc.
However, some dental problems do not belong in the emergency consultation: a lost crown or filling a broken prosthesis, or tight dentures. Although this is extremely uncomfortable for the patient, it can wait until the official opening times.
Dental emergency service: What service it provides in the emergency service?
The dentist on duty only treats your pain. He looks for the cause and then removes your pain.
Other dental aspects, such as a check-up or a consultation, are not intended for emergency consultation hours. Often the dentist responsible can only begin the therapy necessary to relieve the pain, and further sessions with your family dentist are necessary.