One option for finding a 24-hour dentist is to contact the patient's current regular dentist or a dentist on the patient's health plan, notes Dentistry.com. Many practices can also work with a patient's schedule and even take on emergency cases any time of day, but it is important to find out ahead of an emergency if this is the case with a particular practice. Another option for urgent care is to visit the local emergency room at the hospital, states MouthHealthy.org.
The emergency room at a hospital can help with pain from a tooth injury, excessive bleeding, tissue damage and a broken jaw. Some emergency rooms also have an emergency dentist on call.
Patients looking for a late-night dentist may want to check with their local dental school, especially if it is a major one. In California, for example, the University of Southern California and Loma Linda University each offer 24-hour dental care as of 2015, notes Dentistry.com. Even teaching hospitals may have on-call staff for treatment and preventative care.
Use a directory, such as Dentistry.com, to find dentists with services any time of day. Patients can also call (800) 992-4165 as of 2015 to find out about around-the-clock dentists in their local area. These directories may offer a special filter for emergency and 24-hour clinics when searching online. Patients can also use a standard search engine or the phone book to find clinics.