Delaying a dental problem often results in more extensive treatment at the dentist.
Dental care has come a long way over the years and most dentists now practice minimal invasive dentistry, which means, essentially, that as much of a natural tooth will be saved as is possible.
Whilst dental skills and experience contribute to this significantly, it is often the patient’s response to a problem that determines how much of a tooth can be saved.
Whilst not the case with all dental problems, such as accidents where a tooth breaks, many dental problems start off in a small way. This may be something as simple as a very minor toothache, or perhaps noticing that gums are bleeding when you clean your teeth. It may, perhaps, be human nature, to ignore these symptoms, or at least pretend that they will go away. To do so though, may well lead to more significant problems down the line, and the need for an emergency dental appointment at our Wickford dentists in Essex.
Let us take the two above cases as examples, and examine the likely scenario if fast action is taken against if it is delayed.
Minor toothache – As soon as you notice a toothache, we strongly advise that you give the Cygnet Dental Practice a call, explaining your symptoms. We will always try to see anyone in discomfort as soon as we possibly can. Once we have examined the problematic tooth, appropriate treatment will be given. In many cases, this will involve no more than removing any dental decay and filling the tooth. This is usually a straightforward and minor restoration that preserves most of the tooth.
If the problem is ignored and dental decay is the reason for the pain, this will only get worse as the bacteria eats away at the tooth, slowly breaking it down. Aside from any additional pain caused by leaving it longer, any filling needed will almost certainly be larger, and, quite possibly, the tooth may be too badly damaged to be restored by a filling and a porcelain crown needed to restore it to sufficient strength for daily use. There is also the possibility that it may not be possible to save the tooth at all, and an extraction may be needed.
Bleeding gums – Hopefully, most people will now have seen the numerous TV adverts about bleeding gums and realise that this is an issue which should not be ignored. It is likely that this indicates a potential gum disease problem. If treated early, it may be possible to reverse the problem simply through an improved home oral health regime. The hygienist at our Wickford dental practice will be able to advise on this. She is also able to perform a scale and polish to remove any hardened bacteria (tartar), should this be necessary.
If ignored, the gums are likely to become even more infected and may result in periodontitis. This not only affects the gums, but also the bone that holds the teeth in place, often resulting in loose or lost teeth. In summary, taking a ‘head in the sand’ approach to dental problems may be understandable, especially if you have a fear of going to the dentist; delaying things though, could result in an outcome much worse than if you act promptly.
If you have any dental problems at all, why not give the Cygnet Dental Practice in Wickford a call on 01268 733078.