During the holiday season it can seem pretty frivolous to go get medical help for a tooth problem. After all, many more people are seeking healthcare for far more important problems, right?
While that may be true, it doesn’t mean that you should ignore any tooth problems during the holidays. Let’s look at the problems that are serious enough our team here at Grant R Young DDS in Wausau, Wisconsin, recommends you seek immediate treatment for.
If you break a tooth hard enough to fracture it so that the pulp (the living bundle of nerves and blood vessels inside of the tooth) is exposed, you automatically put the pulp at risk of infection. If that occurs, you can end up losing the tooth and others as well if the infection isn’t stopped in time. Usually, stopping this requires a root canal.
If you fracture a tooth this badly, you need immediate medical treatment.
A toothache that won’t go away
The other time during which you shouldn’t feel bad about getting medical help is if you develop a toothache that refuses to go away. This is usually a sign of a cavity, or in rare cases, tooth decay or gum disease. Regardless if the ache is caused by a small cavity or a serious abscess (infection in the tooth) you can’t afford to let anything go for too long. A small cavity can spread and affect other teeth quickly, and that’s an oral health problem you don’t want.
For more information on what dental problems to not ignore this holiday season, call us today at 715-845-6222.