Along with regular dental checkups, there are times when it’s important to see the dentist. The signs may seem small or you may not want to admit that you have a tooth problem, but the impact of waiting could be a much more painful and costly procedure. Here are five signs that that your tooth problems need a dentist.
It’s perfectly natural for children to have loose teeth, but adult’s teeth are anchored and meant to be there for life. If you have loose teeth, then it’s time to see the dentist. A loose tooth could mean injury with that tooth or an infection. If not taken care of, the pain will increase and it could end up with tooth removal. You also don’t want the infection to spread.
Severe Tooth Pain
Toothaches are not uncommon. Many times they are minor and can be handled with home remedies, but when the pain becomes severe or doesn’t go away, then it’s time to see your dentist. There are many things that can cause a toothache from a minor cavity to an infection. The only way to know and get proper treatment is to see a dentist. Ignoring a toothache can cause problems because it can get dramatically worse and lead end up requiring extraction or other procedures.
Be Wary of Infections
Infections can not only be painful, but potentially deadly if gone unchecked. Signs of an infection may include swelling, extreme pain, fever, swollen glands and more. If you have a canker sore or other oral wound that won’t go away, then it’s possible it’s become infected. If the infection is an abscessed tooth, then surgery may be required to treat the problem and make sure the infection is drained properly.
It’s one thing if you accidentally poke your gums with a toothpick or potato chip and causes some bleeding. That type of bleeding heals quickly, but gum disease doesn’t just get better. If your gums bleed for no reason or easily, bleed excessively or your gums ache after bleeding, then see a dentist. It’s important to catch gum disease as soon as possible as it will only get progressively worse and treatments become more extensive the further along the disease progresses.
Metal Taste in Mouth
Anyone that has metal fillings should be wary of lingering metallic taste in their mouth. It’s not uncommon over time for fillings to crack or become loose. If the filling is cracked or loose, then it can leave the tooth open to infection and other problems. A metallic taste is a sign that a dental appointment is in your future.
Dr. Ed and his professional staff at A Lifetime of Smiles in La Salle are ready to help you with all your dental needs. Contact us today.