If you have ever woken up with a tooth ache that seemed to appear out of no where, that caused such intense pain that it interferes with your ability to work or to enjoy life, if you have ever taken a bite out of an apple or a piece of sticky candy and lost a filling in the process, or if you have ever had a tooth chipped or knocked out in a fight or when playing contact sports, you understand the importance of being able to find emergency dentists to handle any dental emergencies that may arise. When you have an unexpected and serious health problem that requires immediate medical attention beyond first aid, you can go to the emergency department of your local hospital, where you can be treated for anything from a heart attack or a stroke or a seizure to a broken arm or a severe case of the flu. Most emergencies rooms in the United States do not have emergency dentists on staff, however, and if you have a dental problem, really the only things that the medical staff at the emergency department can do for you are treat the pain that you are experiencing as a result of the dental problems. Emergency dentists are much less common than other types of emergency medical doctors, perhaps in part because dental problems are so rarely life threatening, and tend to be more of an aesthetic problem or a quality of life problem than an actual medical problem that puts your overall health, or even your life as a whole, in jeopardy. This is not to say that there are not emergency dentists available who can take care of any urgent dental health problems that may arise, but they are somewhat more difficult to find, and their availability is usually more limited than other emergency doctors in other specialties. Many cities have free clinics they operate no some sort of regular basis, perhaps every other Tuesday or the first Thursday of every month, for example, and these free clinics often have emergency dentists on staff. You may also have luck finding emergency dentists by checking for urgent care medical centers in your city. Urgent care centers are like a sort of moderate-level emergency room, for emergencies that are not life threatening or quite as urgent as the emergencies that you would find in the emergency department of your local hospital. Urgent care centers are something like a mix of a regular medical practice where you schedule an appointment to see your doctor, and the emergency room at your local hospital, where you just show up and wait to be seen when you have an injury or illness that is too pressing to wait for an appointment. Urgent care centers are the type of place that you would go if you had a severe respiratory infection or a bad case of the flu, and many such urgent care centers have emergency dentists on staff. These emergency dentists can fill cavities, for example, if you have a cavity that is so painful that it is interfering with your daily activities so much so that you can not afford to wait for an appointment with your regular dentist. Emergency dentists can not provide the in depth care that you regular dentist does, but emergency dentists can provide the basics of dental care to help make it easier and less painful to wait for your appointment with your regular dentist. You should always know where, or at least how, to locate the emergency dentists in your area quickly and easily.