What Happens When You Ignore a Dental Emergency?

July 24, 2020

Girl holding her mouth from dental painSkipping the dentist is never a good idea! When you ignore going to the dentist you’re not just ignoring a dental cleaning, but maybe a dental emergency that needs to be professionally examined.

Dental emergencies can include a toothache, chipped tooth, lost tooth, rotting tooth, and everything else in between! If you’re ignoring a dental emergency you may be making the problem worse.

Don’t Ignore Your Dental Emergencies

In severe cases of dental emergencies, you might need to go to the emergency room. Otherwise, it is important to call your dentist. When you experience dental pain, it can be a sign of a cavity or infection. If this goes untreated it can spread to the center of the tooth, infecting the pulp. This causes the nerve of the tooth to become inflamed. Along with that, you wouldn’t want to ignore the following dental emergencies:

  • Bleeding from the mouth can be a sign of a dental emergency. Your mouth has a lot of bacteria to keep it from bleeding, so if it is, that’s a red flag. Minor bleeding from the mouth during flossing and brushing is a warning sign of gum disease. But you may need stitches if you’re bleeding from a cut in your mouth. Cuts may occur from a result of breaking a tooth. If you notice blood in your saliva, this could be something more serious, like advanced gum disease or cancer.
  • Oral sores, referred to as canker sores, happen to everyone. If they last for longer than a week without any relief, it’s time to go see the dentist. Oral sores affect the inner parts of the lips and gums. If the sore is deep, it will take longer to heal, making it more susceptible to infection. See your dentist if the sore is recurring frequently, over the counter medicine does not help with pain, you are experiencing difficulty eating, or it causes swelling or fever.
  • If you develop a bump in your mouth it could be a sign of oral cancer. It is best to go to the dentist immediately so they can classify the bump and provide treatment.
  • If a tooth is cracked or loose there is a high risk that bacteria can reach the inside of the tooth, called the pulp. If a tooth breaks, the pulp is exposed, and if infection leads to pulp, you can lose your tooth. It can also spread into your mouth and throughout your body the network of blood vessels in the tooth.

Call The Dentist Today

If you’re experiencing anything out of the ordinary with your dental health, be sure to get it checked out! Please contact Panorama Dental for an emergency appointment.

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