You are brushing your teeth one day and catch the flicker of a dark spot on one of your teeth. Upon further inspection, you determine it is indeed a cavity. Cavities are spots of decay that are caused by bacterial accumulation in certain areas of your teeth that eats away at the tooth enamel. Cavities aren't always painful, and sometimes they can go for months unnoticed.
When you spot a cavity, the first thing you need to do is get to the dentist, but what happens if you can't get to the dentist right away?
The mention of a root canal puts fear into many people's minds. However, with the advancing dental technology, root canals aren't actually that scary anymore. This is why if you hear your dentist mention that your child needs a root canal, it's not much to particularly worry about. Keep in mind, though that this is only needed if your child has experienced seriously deep decay. This only happens with extremely poor dental care including lack of routine visits to the dentist.
Here is a new twist on the old dental practice; emergency dental clinics. These clinics are only open for business on demand. Dentists who are able to operate these clinics in this manner are often privately wealthy, or the fees they charge for emergency services help keep the lights on, so to speak. The big question here is, are these clinics really worth it? Read the following and then you decide.