CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Sep 6, 2012) -  Dental emergencies can happen at any time and may be complicated or require immediate attention. Pain, broken teeth, cracked veneers and denture problems should not be ignored. Sometimes, the emergency is nothing more than cementing a temporary crown before a big date or business meeting. Dr. Steven Flicker, a dentist in Chicago, and his team at Dental Implant Associates devote their time to ensuring patients receive the proper care in the event of a dental emergency.

The Dental Implant Associates have a 24-hour answering service for any type of dental emergency. Patients have 24-hour access to their own doctor, and when that is not possible, a doctor on staff is always available. The Chicago cosmetic dentistry practice receives emergency calls frequently, and Dr. Flicker says the number one emergency is a patient in pain. With the convenience of a 24-hour answering service, patients are able to describe the problem to one of the staff members, and in some cases, the pain can be controlled with prescribed medication until the patient can make an appointment. If the doctor determines the emergency cannot wait until the next day, someone from the team can come in to relieve the patient's discomfort. Dr. Flicker says he has gone into the office in the middle of the night or on weekends when needed. "Patients are very grateful that they have access to a doctor and that we are able to handle any emergency 24/7."

Dr. Flicker says having an in-house lab sets their practice apart from others. Prosthetic emergencies, including cracked dentures, dentures with missing teeth as well as bridges, crowns or porcelain veneers can be handled quickly and easily, usually while the patient waits. In some cases, patients have lost crowns or dentures and new ones have had to be made. This process can be done quickly without the need to send impressions and instructions to an outside lab and forcing a patient to deal with transportation time as well as lab time. All prosthetics including bridges, crowns and dentures are created on-site and technicians work hand-in-hand with the doctors and actually see the patients to ensure they get the results they desire. "It is a tremendous advantage to have technicians in-house," says Dr. Flicker. "The communication process between patient, doctor and technician is simplified and results in happy, satisfied patients." He adds that ensuring the highly trained staff at Dental Implant Associates can handle any restorative dentistry problem and help patients reach their goals of having a beautiful smile with lasting results at a reduced cost is extremely important to him both personally and professionally.

About Steven Flicker, DDS

A native of Chicago, Dr. Steven Flicker earned a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) degree from the University of Illinois. He has 40 years of implant, cosmetic and general dentistry experience in the Chicago area. Dr. Flicker is a credentialed member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and has been an officer in the AAID Midwest branch. He has received awards from the Chicago Dental Society and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. His goal as a dentist is to be able to change his patients' lives by creating the smiles they've always wanted.

The Dental Implant Associates has two locations in the Chicago area: 6258 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, IL, reachable at (773) 449-5037, and 9839 Southwest Highway in Oak Lawn, IL, reachable at (708) 469-6388. It can also be contacted online via the website

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