It is not financially viable for private practice dental practices to be open twenty four hours a day, although this availability would be useful in catering for emergencies. Do not grimace at the fact that there may still be quite a few members of the health services fraternity who suggest that a toothache is hardly an emergency and can surely wait until the next morning. It is, of course, an emergency. An emergency and critical gum disease or tooth decay, if allowed to fester unattended, can have serious repercussions on the health of other areas of the human body.
Public and private practice health facilities do have units open 24 hours a day to cater for emergencies. But upon arrival, the patient in need of care may not have the benefit of a specialist dental technician or surgeon at, say, two a.m. in the morning. A diagnosis first needs to be made by the emergency surgeon on duty and, tragically or frustratingly, depending on how serious the medical emergency is, the patient has to wait until at least the next day.
For both doctors and their patients, a journal of dentistry can serve them very well in times of need. They can go direct to the journal’s online categories where drop-down fields refer them to guidelines for dealing with specific dental and/or critical care emergencies. The other thing about having a journal administered by specialists is that all medical, emergency and theoretical information is pretty much up to date.
The moment there have been changes to how hospital administrations and emergency units are handling emergencies, the journal can be notified and it can then update its online information center for the benefit of its stakeholders and visiting patients.