When you experience these problems, it is vital to visit an emergency dentist immediately as this may lead to other complications such as:
1.Losing your teeth
When your teeth get partially or completely knocked out, the dentist can save them from extraction if treatment is started within an hour of the accident. Taking longer to get treatment will slowly lead to the death of the ligaments and this will make it impossible for the teeth to be reattached.
A bacterial infection can affect the gums and cause inflammation. Without proper and immediate treatment, the bacteria can spread to the surrounding tissues and cause them to get damaged.
Furthermore, the infection can enter the bloodstream and cause widespread inflammation like sepsis. This is a life-threatening condition that affects your health and organs and at times death.
3. Weakening of the dental structure
Tooth pain and gum bleeding are common dental emergencies that are both caused by bacterial infection. When you delay getting treatment for either decay or gum disease can cause damage to your teeth.
Gum disease also causes receding gums that not only expose the roots but also affect the supporting bone. Without treatment, the infection spreads, affecting the surrounding soft tissues. Severely damaged teeth may need to be extracted.
Tooth extraction leaves behind gaps between the teeth and this causes the surrounding teeth to shift. Furthermore, leaving the gaps unfilled, will cause the supporting bone to get reabsorbed, which weakens the structure.
4. Risk of other dental problems
Periodontal disease, characterized by gum bleeding and swelling, is linked to other health problems like heart disease or diabetes. That is why it is vital to have the gum infection addressed on time to stop these complications from developing.
5. More dental procedures
Not addressing dental emergencies such as decay and gum disease, causes teeth extraction. As mentioned above, removing your permanent teeth can cause the bone to deteriorate. To address the issue, the dentist may recommend restorative dental treatments like bridges, dentures, and dental implants.
These procedures help to replace the teeth, but they are a bit expensive, and also the procedure is time-consuming. For example, getting dental implants may need at least nine months.