Consequences of Untreated Dental Emergencies

June 28, 2021 7:00 pm
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A first aid kit next to a tooth for a blog post about dental emergencies

Gregory B. Garrett, DDS, offers same-day emergency appointments in Wilmington, NC. Our team understands that dental emergencies can be frightening, but if you ever find yourself experiencing one, the worst thing you can possibly do is ignore it! If you don’t treat a dental emergency, you can experience unfortunate complications, such as:

  1. Severe Pain
  2. Depending on the nature of your dental emergency, you can experience pain of varying degrees and intensity – intense, throbbing, prolonged, and/or stabbing. If you have a decayed tooth, your pain will only subside when the nerve has died or if you have a dental abscess at the root that has ruptured. While you might feel better once the pain is gone, it doesn’t mean that the infection that caused the pain in the first place is gone — in fact, it’ll only continue to spread, causing more pain in your gums and jaw.

    If you are experiencing tooth pain, contact our office even if you’re no longer feeling it. We’ll make sure that any existing issues are addressed to preserve your natural teeth and promote strong gums.

  3. Costly Treatments
  4. Ignoring an injured tooth can result in costly treatments down the line. For example, if you ignore a cavity, the infection from the cavity will spread to the pulp of your teeth and require root canal therapy. Or, even worse, you might lose your tooth as a result of the decay and then need a tooth replacement to restore your smile’s full function.

  5. Time-Consuming Treatments
  6. There is never a right time for a dental emergency to occur, so we understand that it’s irritating to have to take time out of your day to get your emergency addressed. But by ignoring your emergency, you put yourself at risk of spending even more time addressing the problem in the future since you may need to get additional treatment the longer your emergency remains untreated.

Emergency Dentist in Wilmington, NC

Should you ever have a dental emergency and need to see an emergency dentist in Wilmington, NC, call Gregory B. Garrett, DDS!

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