Dental emergencies are described that way for a reason: they are serious health problems that need to be taken care of in a timely fashion. We know, however, that many people put off dealing with these dental problems.
Some people put off any healthcare until they are absolutely unable to function. Others think that dental health problems are not serious in general. And some others find dental visits stressful so they postpone dental care. Add to this the people who are now worried about coronavirus exposure.
But if you are among any of these groups of people, let us tell you that it’s important to seek timely attention for your condition. Here’s why.
Left Untreated, Dental Problems Get Worse
One of the most important reasons to deal with a dental emergency right away is that the problems will get worse if left untreated. What is a small cavity now will grow into a larger cavity, which will mean more pain in the future–and more expense to treat. Left untreated too long, a small cavity can grow to penetrate the interior of your tooth, leading to an infected tooth, which then might need to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant.
Cavities grow slowly when they are small, but this growth can accelerate because the cavity traps food, is hard to clean, and concentrates acid excreted by bacteria. So even though it might take six months for a small cavity to form, that cavity can become larger in a short period of time.
Dental Problems Threaten Your Overall Health
Another important consideration for dental problems is the potential impact they can have on your overall health, especially if left untreated.
Infections in your teeth and gums can spread to other parts of the body. The bacteria can be inhaled and encourage the development of pneumonia–and no-one now wants to risk developing pneumonia and having to compete for limited resources such as ventilators. They can also travel to the heart and cause an acute heart infection.
More often, it’s an infected tooth that serves as the source for systemic infections. It can lead to an infection of the brain, or a blood-borne infection (sepsis) that can turn deadly.
Home Treatment Can Make the Problem Worse
Another important concern is that you might try to fix the problem at home, which can lead to worse problems than before. For example, we all recently read about the firefighter who tried to remove an impacted popcorn husk from his teeth with a metal tool and developed a near-deadly infection. We don’t want that to happen to anyone whom we might easily have treated.
Do You Have a Dental Emergency in Rochester, NY?
If you are suffering from a dental problem that needs emergency care in or around Rochester, NY, it’s important to get it taken care of before the problem gets worse, impacts your health, or induces you to try a dangerous home remedy.
Contemporary Dentistry is open to handle emergency patients, and we follow all the recommended best practices for controlling infection at all times, and now have increased our vigilance in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.