Emergency Dentist In Huntersville Or Make An Appointment?
Having to see Dr. Marra, a Huntersville dentist for the whole family, for your twice-annual visits is enough for most people, for others, dental emergencies may arise. The good news is that most of the dental problems that are considered a dental emergency are easily preventable and are simply considered a dental problem but not a dental emergency.
So, what are the 9 most common dental problems?
Knowing the signs of potential dental conditions can help you understand when you need to visit your dentist urgently or when you can take some action at home. The list below includes some of the most common reasons we see patients outside of their regular check-ups but not necessarily as a dental emergency.
Everyone experiences moments of bad breath from time to time, the problem occurs when bad breath is constant or happens regularly. Also called halitosis, the condition is embarrassing, but can also be a telltale sign of other more serious oral conditions, such as gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, and more. Chronic bad breath must be treated by a dentist to pinpoint the issue.
If you’ve noticed that your gums bleed easily when you floss or eat certain foods, or maybe your gums are swollen and red, these symptoms could be an indication of gingivitis, an infection of the gums. This is the first stage of gum disease and should not go ignored. Left untreated, the condition can worsen and lead to the second stage, called periodontal disease.
Gum disease is one of the main reasons for tooth loss in adults and is common for patients over the age of 30. While anyone can experience gum disease, those who are mindful of their oral health and practice good dental care at home significantly reduce the likelihood.
The risk of gum disease increases among smokers, diabetes patients, and those with frequent dry mouth. Seek treatment from Dr. Marra at his Hunterville dentist office as soon as possible if you notice any of the following signs: bad breath, red and swollen gums, bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, and pain while chewing.
A number of dental problems can cause toothache, including cavities, trauma, and impacted teeth, which can be treated with a regular dental visit in most cases. While you wait for your appointment date to arrive, be sure to continue practicing good oral care at home by brushing and flossing daily and taking an over the counter pain medication if necessary.
In the case of a broken, cracked, or abscessed tooth we consider this a dental emergency, and you should schedule an urgent visit with your dentist to treat the problem. In the case of fever, see Dr. Marra immediately as it could be a sign of an infection that requires antibiotics.
If we don’t care for our teeth properly, we experience a buildup of plaque. This is caused when leftover food, particularly from starchy and sugary meals feeds the bacteria in our mouths. The bacteria then produce plaque which attaches to the tooth and wears away the tooth enamel. Over time, this causes tiny holes in our teeth, or what we know as cavities.
Also called tooth decay, cavities are the second most prevalent disease among Americans. The best way to prevent tooth decay is to brush and floss daily, avoid sugary and starchy snacks, and see your dentist twice annually.
Parents should also be aware that baby teeth can get cavities and even though those teeth will eventually fall out, they are important for your child’s future dental health. Baby teeth serve as place markers for adult teeth and if they fall out too early, your child will be at risk for dental problems.
Chipped teeth are the most common dental injury. They can be caused by an accident, during rough play in sports, or something as simple as accidentally eating a popcorn kernel. Patients who grind their teeth in their sleep are also at risk for a chipped tooth at some point in their lives.
Depending on the damage done, your dentist may just file down the tooth to make it even, or in more severe cases, recommend a dental crown or even a root canal.
Common with adults getting their wisdom teeth, impacted teeth occur when there is not enough space in the mouth for the new tooth or when the incoming tooth becomes “stuck” against another tooth or bone.
If the tooth does not cause pain, your dentist may suggest leaving it be, however, impacted teeth can be extremely painful and in that case, your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon to remove the culprit.
Most of us are familiar with canker sores, those painful blisters that occur on the inside of our mouth. They generally go away in a week or so and cause discomfort more than anything else.
Another common type of mouth sore is a cold sore caused by the Herpes virus that shows up on the outer edge of the lips. These are contagious and while they will likely never go away permanently, they will come and go.
Oral thrush is another type of mouth sore that is caused by a yeast infection of the mouth. This is common in babies, denture wearers, diabetes patients, and those going through chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer.
Most of the time, mouth sores are nothing to worry about and should go away on their own, however, if they are persistent or causing severe pain, be sure to talk to your dentist.
This is a common occurrence for millions of people and it is likely that most have experienced tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods in their life. A lot of the time, the pain is not a cause for concern, however, if the feeling becomes frequent then it’s time to see your dentist.
Tooth sensitivity can be a sign of various dental concerns, including a cracked tooth, abscess, cavities, gum disease, or exposed roots. Most of the time, tooth sensitivity can be treated with a special toothpaste, however, in some cases, you may need a filling or root canal.
One of the more serious conditions on this list is oral cancer. Most at risk are smokers and tobacco users, alcohol and drug abusers, and those with HPV. A fairly common type of cancer that affects millions across the United States, oral cancer can be cured if caught during the early stages. Men are twice as likely to get oral cancer than women.
Regular dental visits will help ensure early diagnosis. If you notice any lumps, have trouble swallowing or chewing then explain these symptoms to your dentist as soon as you recognize the signs.
Visit Our Dentist In Huntersville For The Whole Family
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above or it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, give our friendly team at Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry a call today at 704.892.7866 to schedule a visit with Dr. Marra.