Learning to Manage Your Dental Problems

Learning to Manage Your Dental Problems

What Dentists Do About These Three Common Complaints

by Charlotte Beck

When do you go see the dentist? When you have a tooth problem, of course. But the thing is, most people go to the dentist with a more specific complaint. How the dentist diagnoses and treats you will depend on what that specific complaint is. Here are three common complaints that bring people into the dentist's office and what a dentist tends to do about each one.

Sensitive Teeth 

Do your teeth feel sensitive and painful when you drink something cold or bite into something hot? This can really put a damper on your ability to enjoy food. 

Sensitive teeth can be caused by several different dental problems. If just one tooth is sensitive, it could be because you have a cavity in that tooth. A dentist can diagnose a cavity by looking at the tooth and sometimes taking x-rays. If you do have a cavity, a filling will put an end to your sensitivity.

If multiple teeth are sensitive, it is likely because you have gum disease that has progressed to the point of allowing your gums to recede. This can leave the nerve endings near the bottoms of your teeth exposed, which can lead to that sensitivity you're experiencing. A full dental cleaning, antibiotic treatments, and in serious cases, gum grafts, can put an end to your woes.

Persistent Bad Breath 

Bad breath that does not go away when you brush your teeth and use mouthwash is definitely a reason to see the dentist. Like tooth sensitivity, this generally means you either have a cavity or gum disease. Both are caused by oral bacteria, which can have quite an odor. The stink should go away after the dentist either fills your cavity or treats you for gum disease.

Pus Pockets

Have you noticed what looks like pimples on your gums? Usually, these are accompanied by tooth soreness, but not always. What you're seeing is evidence of a dental infection. There may be an infection in your tooth roots, or in the tooth pulp itself. A dentist will take x-rays to locate the infection and determine how serious it is. You may need a root canal or an extraction, and possibly antibiotics to help your body fight off the infectious bacteria.

Now, you should have a better idea of how the dentist deals with various, common dental problems. If something other than these issues is bothering you, don't hesitate to contact your dentist. They manage a wide variety of ailments.

Speak to your dentist to learn more. 


About Me

Learning to Manage Your Dental Problems

As a homeschool parent and independent contractor, I don't always have time to practice good dental care. I often find myself in a rush just to meet my daily tasks and goals. My lack of good dental care eventually caught up with me. After experiencing severe pain in my back tooth, I made an appointment with my dentist. My dentist found a large hole in the center of the tooth. Root canal treatment couldn't save the tooth, so my dentist extracted it. I learned a very painful and valuable lesson that day. No matter how hectic my life is, I should still make time to brush and floss my teeth properly. I'm here to help you and other people avoid painful dental problems with my blog. I offer tips on how to keep your teeth clean and how to spot dental problems before they get out of control. Good luck.