Many patients only visit the dentist for routine dental cleanings, x-rays, and exams. However, there are times when you need to make an appointment with your local dentist in Lexington, KY. If you encounter a sudden dental problem or have experienced a dental issue and avoided professional care, please get in touch with our office. It is essential to receive dental treatment as soon as possible to prevent future complications and costlier care.
Signs To See Your Dentist in Lexington, KY
Many common dental problems require dental care. Here are some signs that you need to see a dental professional:
Sudden, sharp tooth pain is often an indicator of a larger dental problem. If you experience toothaches, you may also have a dental abscess or cavity. As tooth decay progresses, it can reach the dental pulp that keeps the tooth alive. We may need to perform a root canal to preserve the natural tooth. If you have tooth pain and sensitivity, you may have tooth wear or an injury that requires professional treatment.
Halitosis, or bad breath, can also be a sign of tooth decay or cavities. Bad breath can also be connected to certain medications or chronic health issues. If you experience momentary bad breath from certain foods like garlic or onions, you can hydrate, brush, and floss to combat halitosis. However, if you experience chronic bad breath, you need to visit a dental professional for care.
Red, Swollen, Bleeding Gums
If you notice gum problems like gum swelling and red gum tissue, you may have gingivitis. Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is a precursor to gum disease. Additionally, if your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, you may brush too hard. Gently brush and floss at least once daily before brushing your teeth to prevent bleeding.
If you wake up with jaw pain or experience pain when you bite and chew hard or crunchy foods, may have a TMJ disorder. Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) create dysfunction in the bite and the jaw. We can take digital x-rays of your teeth and jaw to find signs of wear in our office. Our office can also create custom nightguards to cover and protect teeth during sleep. Many patients with TMD also experience teeth clenching and grinding that leads to tooth wear and jaw pain. Wearing a custom nightguard can prevent tooth wear and discomfort.
Damaged or Loose Dental Work
Do you have a broken dental crown? Is your dental bridge loose? You need to contact our office for immediate care. Problems like broken or loose dental crowns, bridges, and dentures can create pain and damage the surrounding teeth and gums. Even cosmetic treatments like dental veneers will require replacements to prevent sensitivity in the underlying tooth enamel.
Do you need to schedule your next dental visit? Contact Dr. Doyle Freano for dental care today at 859-251-3809. Feel free to request a dental consultation with Dr. Freano online.