We know that the dentist isn’t the first place you’d like to spend your time. Unfortunately, there area many signs that indicate a visit to the dentist is in your near future. Here are the top 5 signs you need to schedule a dental appointment in our office:
5 Signs You Need to Make a Dental Appointment
- Pain – Now this one seems pretty self-explanatory. Pain in a tooth or an area of your mouth usually signifies something going on internally. In order to prevent your pain from worsening, a thorough exam (and typically an x-ray) is crucial as the first step in relieving your pain.
- Sensitivity – Most of us experience mild tooth sensitivity during our daily lives. Whether you’re digging into your favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor, drinking your morning coffee or biting into your dinner, some level of sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, sweets or hard foods is normal. If the sensitivity subsides after the stimulus (food, beverage etc) is removed, this is generally considered a normal response. If, however, the sensitivity lingers, that could be an indication that something is awry, and a visit to the dentist is in order.
- Headaches – I know you’re probably wondering what headaches have to do with your mouth, right? Well, there is a very important joint that links the two: the TMJ. As Dr. Walther explains here, dysfunction in the TMJ joint can manifest itself in painful headaches for some patients. You may also notice popping or clicking in the jaw joint, or grinding your teeth as other symptoms. This condition is progressive and requires treatment to relieve the symptoms. Thankfully, we have many patients who have become symptom free by treating this condition with Dr. Walther. In addition to the TMJ, pain or sensitivity in the teeth can radiate pain that manifests as headaches.
- Broken or Chipped Teeth – While it is no secret that a broken or chipped tooth can be seriously unsightly, it is extremely important to visit Dr. Walther promptly after you notice the tooth is broken or chipped. If left unattended, debris and bacteria can permeate the tooth and cause tooth decay, cavities and significantly more uncomfortable pain or sensitivity. Repairing the tooth is paramount in preventing any further damage.
- Inflamed or Bleeding Gums – Patient experience puffy or bloody gums for lots of reasons. Some of the major contributors are a home care routine that is lacking, certain conditions such as pregnancy or diabetes, or not keeping your professional cleaning appointments at least every six months. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is imperative to your overall health, and periodontal disease has been linked to serious medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, dementia and rheumatoid arthritis.
If you are experiencing any of these dental conditions, it is important that you see your dentist as soon as possible. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment at 314-469-1950!