Dental implants can make a smile look fabulous – I know I have them. However, if you are just thinking about getting them, you may have a lot of questions. You may be wondering how smoking affects implants, whether or not wine will stain them, if they can be whitened or other concerns. I also know from experience that it can be intimidating to ask some of these questions to your dentist. In my dental implant blog, I am going to answer the questions that can be hard to ask. I hope you find the info you need in this blog and that it guides you to the right decision about dental implants. Thanks for reading!
While there are some individuals that will go to great lengths to keep their teeth bright and attractive, there are some people that will only visit their dentist on rare occasion, if at all. And if you fall under the latter category, chances are you believe that your teeth are fine as long as you brush them every day. The reality, however, is that there are a number of things that could go wrong with your oral health. You may think that these issues will eventually resolve on their own, but you will be mistaken. The longer you leave the problem unattended by a dentist, the worse it becomes. Here is a brief list of three dental problems that necessitate the need for immediate emergency care.
Physical damage to your teeth
Structural damage to your teeth can manifest in a few ways. The most common forms of damage are cracks that are caused by grinding or exposure to impact. If the impact is great, then you could acquire a chip, a break or even the complete removal of the affected tooth! When your teeth develop cracks, it means they are not as strong as they used to be. It is only a matter of time before the crack spreads and the tooth breaks. Conversely, when a tooth is knocked out of its socket, be it partially or fully, there is the chance of the nerves dying, after which the toot cannot be re-implanted. If you develop any of these signs, it is astute to see an emergency dentist.
Routine bleeding of the tissue in your mouth
Although oral bleeding is usually associated with the gums, it can start anywhere in your mouth's tissue. Bleeding gums tend to be a sign of gingivitis or periodontitis. These oral diseases are serious and should be treated post-haste, or you else stand the chance of losing your teeth due to infections in the gum line. When the bleeding stems from the oral tissue — for instance in your cheeks or an unidentifiable place — it is crucial to have an emergency dentist ascertain the cause of the bleeding and stop it, or you could be a few days away from an oral infection.
Unusual swelling in your mouth
Swelling, whether painful or not, should be looked at by an emergency dentist. In most cases, swellings come about from an infection. If the swelling is painful, it could signal that pus is accumulating inside it, which means the infection is festering. Irrespective of the pain level, an emergency dentist should check out all swellings.