What Happens If a Cavity Is Left Untreated?

What Happens If a Cavity Is Left Untreated?

According to the centers for disease control and prevention, though cavities can be prevented, sadly they are one of the most common chronic health issues since childhood. At least 1 in 4 adults have untreated cavities in the United States says the dentist in SW Calgary. Many people don’t take cavities seriously and make no efforts to get them treated. They need to know that it can be detrimental to their overall health. Here’s a look at why ignoring a cavity can lead to serious health consequences.

Further Decay

Sadly enough, cavities don’t heal on their won. If you have a cavity, the decay will continue to grow and spread if you don’t treat it with the help of a dental professional in SW. If it’s detected at an early stage, the decay will eventually reach the inner pulp of the tooth, which is made of nerves and blood vessels. This
will lead to excruciating pain. If your tooth gets severely decayed, you may need a root canal procedure or tooth extraction.

Infection

If the decay damages the pulp of the tooth, it’s not just painful, but also increases the risk of getting an infection. It’s because bacteria will have a much easier way to get into the bloodstream. You may need a root canal or extraction at this point. Some signs that your cavity may have progressed into an infection include:

  • Throbbing pain
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Swelling in the cheek area
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Sensitivity to pressure
  • Serious illness

If the infection gets bad enough, you may experience further systemic complications. If the infection enters your bloodstream, it will eventually spread throughout your body. If the infection is left untreated, you may fall ill. Some serious cases of infection can be fatal.

Reach Out to Our Team

It is important to get your dental health check up done twice a year so that any dental issue such as cavity can be diagnosed and treated in its early stage. Also, maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine as a preventive measure.

We are opening with changes to keep you safe!

We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you, very soon! We will be opening our clinic for all your dental care needs on June 1st. Until then, we are still available for any emergency and urgent dental care you may require.

Our office will have a number of changes designed around giving you a safe, efficient and comfortable experience.

Here’s what to expect:

To book an appointment, please follow the steps below:

Call the office line:

Be prepared to answer the following questions;

  • Have you experienced a fever, cough, runny nose or difficulty breathing in the last two weeks, as we will need to know prior to booking?
  • Have you travelled outside of Alberta within the last 14 days?
  • Have you been diagnosed with covid19 or come in contact with a known covid 19 case?

What we will need from you:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment and be patient as we follow rigorous and mandated Covid 19 protocols including a health screening prior to your appointment. Please sanitize your hands when you arrive.
  • Please come to your appointment wearing a mask.
  • Be prepared for us to take your temperature at the time of your visit using a no-contact thermometer
  • Be prepared to fill out a covid health questionnaire and consent for treatment form when you arrive.
  • If you have changes to your insurance, please call the office ahead of time to update this information.

Waiting Room:

  • Accompaniment of patients will be limited to one essential caregiver and one parent of minors; all others will be asked to wait in their vehicle outside the clinic.

What the clinic is doing to ensure your safety:

  • Enhanced cleaning methods with approved sanitization products
  • Hand Sanitization station-please sanitize your hands when you arrive
  • Staggered appointment times to allow for cleaning in between patients
  • Plexiglas barrier at the front desk to minimize exposure between staff and patient.
  • Tap payments (no cash payments will be accepted at this time)
  • All team members will be pre-screened before and when they arrive to work to ensure they are healthy to work. Any team member that does not pass the screening will be asked to go home. We are doing this to ensure we are keeping you and all our team members safe. All team members will be wearing the appropriate PPE at all times and employing high standards of hand hygiene and infection control
  • All service personnel and couriers will be screened and asked to sanitize when they arrive and all deliveries will be sprayed and stored to sanitize before handling

The above changes may take some time to get used to and may seem overwhelming, but we are making them because the health of our patients and staff remains our top priority.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you and appreciate your support to help maintain a safe environment in our clinic.

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