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Do you what classifies as a dental emergency? Do you know when you should to your dentist or when you can wait for a more convenient appointment? Similarly, do you know what will happen to your teeth after a dental emergency? What will your teeth look like? Will your smile seem the same? If you’re interested in answers to these types of questions, please read on.

If you’re in an accident where one of your teeth is cracked, dislodged, or completely knocked out, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible. In fact, in these instances, we recommend visiting to your dentist within 30 minutes. If you can visit your dentist within 30 minutes, our dentist may be able to save your natural tooth. However, if your tooth is knocked loose, please remember to bring it when you visit the dentist.

However, you can wait if you lose a filling or a crown, but visit your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, please visit your local store and purchase dental cement. This will help you keep your crown or filling until you’re able to visit the dentist.

However, it is extremely important that you do visit your dentist if you experience an emergency. Putting off dental care can lead to several future complications. For example, if you lose a tooth and don’t replace it, your other teeth could shift and your bite could become unbalanced. Similarly, if you don’t have a cracked tooth addressed, your mouth will be more vulnerable to infection. Other emergencies can lead to similar complications.

If you experience a dental emergency, please contact Dr. Bruce Westover at 928-634-5566. Dr. Bruce Westover and our team will gladly answer any questions you may have.