On March 23 the first urgent dental care clinic in the United States opened in Wilmington. ASAP Urgent Dental Care is open seven days a week, from 8AM-8PM to treat emergencies like pain, abscess, broken or lost teeth, lost crowns or fillings, injuries, or complications following dental procedures. Board-certified dentists are on hand to perform assessments, explain options, and answer questions. If a patient consents to treatment, he must pay upon completion of services rendered. He will leave not only with his teeth fixed, but with X-rays and clinical notes for his dentist, as well as a completed insurance form for pursuing reimbursement from his policy. The American Dental Association reports that, in the United States, somebody seeks treatment from a hospital for a dental emergency every 15 seconds. The average cost of one of these visits is $750, even though emergency departments are neither staffed nor equipped to provide dental care. ASAP is only an emergency clinic and makes no pretense of providing the regular prophylaxis and long-term planning available at dentists’ offices.