Here at our Surbiton dentist we get regular patients, one-off patients, young patients, patients whose entire family come and see us, and of course, emergency cases. We pride ourselves on offering excellent care that comes with understanding, sympathy and a wide range of treatment options ranging from general care to the latest innovative dentistry depending on the circumstance.
Many of the patients that come in to us on an emergency basis tend to explain how their dental issue became urgent, and more often than not, if they had visited us earlier we could have offered a less intensive treatment and prevented further pain or issues that were caused by the treatment being delayed. Prevention is of course, always better than cure, but when there is a dental issue, the next best thing is to come in and see us as soon as possible, before the condition becomes much more serious and requires emergency care.
Here are 9 signs you need to see your dentist now:
1. Tooth Pain
When you get toothache, it can be all consuming. Often we try and take painkillers and put off a dental visit until the next scheduled check up. However, tooth pain can be a sign of something more serious, even if you stop feeling pain after a couple of days. To avoid the underlying cause getting much worse before your next check up, please give us a call and make an appointment so we can get it diagnosed and treated now.
2. Bad Breath
Bad breath is one of the initial symptoms of gum disease. If gingivitis is left untreated is can lead to second stage gum disease – periodontitis, which can be extremely serious. If you feel you have bad breath despite an excellent oral hygiene regime, you should see your dentist ASAP as gum disease is easily reversible if caught early.
3. White, Brown Or Yellow Spots On The Teeth
White, brown or yellow spots on the teeth are early signs of tooth decay. This tooth decay will begin to attack the tooth’s enamel which can cause all kinds of problems if left untreated.
4. Tooth Sensitivity
If your teeth have become sensitive, there could be an underlying reason for this such as tooth decay or nerve issues. Tooth decay will first affect the surface of the tooth, but if it progresses it may begin to affect the centre of the tooth. If tooth sensitivity is due to tooth decay, it is better to get the hole filled now rather than later on when it could have caused much more extensive damage.
5. Oral Changes
Changes in the colour of your mouth (tongue, roof of your mouth, cheeks), consistency of the tissues or general appearance could indicate something sinister. If you notice that your mouth looks different, book in with your Surbiton dentist right away for a full oral check.
Ulcers can be common, and if they go away after a few days there isn’t really any reason to worry. However, if your ulcer won’t go away it’s time to book in to your local dentist.
7. Dry Mouth
There are lots of different reasons people get dry mouth ranging from age to prescription drugs. However, if there aren’t any apparent reasons for you getting dry mouth, there may be an underlying reason like an oral infection or bacteria which needs to be identified and treated as soon as possible.
8. Headaches Or Jaw Ache
Headaches can have lots of causes, however, if they are occurring regularly in the morning and you also get jaw ache or aching of the facial muscles, or your partner has told you that you are grinding your teeth at night, you could be suffering from Bruxism. If left to continue, Bruxism can cause all kinds of problems, including tooth damage and loss. If you think you might be grinding your teeth at night, book in to see us at Confidental so we can diagnose this and discuss potential causes and treatment options.
We do get patients who come in to us on an emergency basis having suffered an oral injury months previously. They may have delayed treatment because they felt the issue wasn’t severe enough to warrant an emergency appointment. They may have felt they were able to ‘cope’ with the injury until their check up. They may have also been embarrassed because they have sought cosmetic dentistry with an unqualified individual or agency who have caused them dental injuries and worry we will judge them when they come in. Here at our Surbiton dentist we will never judge you, we will only ever do our best to diagnose you as quickly as possible and provide you with the appropriate treatment and advice for the issue you present to us. If you do have a dental injury, please come in and see us as soon as possible as the issue may get worse and there may be damage you cannot see or feel. The sooner we can see you, the sooner we can treat the injury and prevent any further damage being done.
Book In To Confidental, Surbiton, Today
If you think you need to see us in between check ups, please give us a call on 02083991291 and we will be more than happy to book you an appointment.