Although it would be wonderful if nothing ever went wrong with our teeth, or at least if those emergencies would wait until we already had an appointment scheduled, the reality is that life is unpredictable. Emergencies happen. In fact, according to a recent study, Emergency Room visits for dental care increased 16% throughout the United States from 2006 to 2009. Furthermore, many of these trips represent return visits, as patients go back to the same ER for treatment for the same problem. Clearly, the lack of access to emergency dental clinics is evident. However, for residents of Philadelphia, Penn Dental Medicine offers expert emergency dental care for their patients of record and local community.