Hmmm. Doesn’t the word “emergency” kind of indicate that, whatever it is you’re talking about, needs immediate attention? Isn’t “urgency” implied?” Is The Maven missing something here? But wait, it’s not just The Maven. Here’s the definition of “emergency” from Dictionary.com :
1. a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action.
Let’s try this:
Immediate treatment is recommended for people with cardiac emergencies
Immediate treatment is recommended for people with pulmonary emergencies
Immediate treatment is recommended for people with intestinal emergencies
Immediate treatment is recommended for people with urological emergencies
If you didn’t know any of the above required swift medical attention, raise your hand.
So, what makes dental emergencies different from other emergencies? Are we to intuit that most people who experience dental emergencies think: “yup, this is real bad, powerfully painful, mighty swollen, probably infected, and If I had a pair of pliers handy I’d pull my own dang tooth, but, no need to panic. I’m sure it will be fine. I’ll just give it a few days.”
C’mon people. Has the populous become so obtuse that we need to spell this stuff out? From the calls that come into The Maven’s office it certainly seems most people are capable of determining when they require immediate attention. But for those who haven’t yet put 2 and 2 together and realized that unremitting, intense pain –anywhere in the body – requires immediate professional intervention? This could be some Darwinian Natural Selection at work, so you hand raisers go ahead and wait it out.