Symptoms of Common Dental Problems

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Symptoms of Common Dental Problems

Often, when we feel something sensitive or painful in our mouth, we tend to panic. I mean, we all want to keep our teeth, right? Some symptoms may be able to wait until your next dental visit. Others may require a limited exam between your professional dental cleanings to get addressed right away. Dentistry is all about preventive dental care, so the sooner an issue is addressed, the less invasive a procedure recommendation would be.

Temperature Sensitivity

This is one of the most common complaints we hear from our patients, temperature sensitivity. When you can’t eat your favorite ice cream or drink your favorite ice-cold drinks, you start to get annoyed. This is typically caused by some type of enamel wear or root exposure. The enamel, or the most outer layer of your tooth, is what protects it from acid in our diets and normal wear and tear. When the enamel suffers too much trauma, like sipping soda all day, or clenching and grinding, it’s inevitable – it starts to wear away or develop a hole or cavity from the harmful bacteria of the byproduct of the soda or snacks you eat all day.

Enter: temperature sensitivity. The underlying layer of the enamel is dentin. Dentin contains tons of tubules that lead to the nerve and causes sensitivity. The only way to help this is to use a toothpaste with potassium nitrate. This ingredient helps fill in and block the tubules from sending information to the nerve. If it’s a cavity, the only solution is for us to remove it and put a filling in its place. If gum recession is causing the sensitivity, toothpaste can also help. However, we need to determine the cause of the gum recession and come up with a solution. This usually means a nightguard recommendation to prevent the recession from progressing any further.

Toothache

If you are experiencing a toothache, like an actual ache that will not go away, its best to get in for an exam. What typically happens is there is something underlying causing this pain. Once a tooth starts to hurt constantly, there is a good chance. There is a large cavity in the tooth that has reached the nerve. The result of this is usually a root canal or extraction of the tooth that is needed, depending on the severity of it.

We will determine the cause of the problem by taking a limited x-ray of the problem area to see if there is pathology at the tip of the root of the tooth. We also use an x-ray to see how far progressed a cavity is in the crown of the tooth if that is indeed what is going on. Another sign is a recurring bump on the gum near the tooth. This is a sign of an infection that usually comes with pain and cannot be cured without a root canal or extraction.

Pain with Chewing or Biting

Our last common dental symptom patients experience is pain with biting or chewing. While this can mean a fractured tooth, it is more common to occur after a dental procedure. When a tooth is drilled on, and a cavity is removed, it is experiencing trauma. Therefore, it will take time to heal. If it is not resolving and it truly gives you a “zing” every time you bite down, your bite may be a little high. This means after putting a filling in the tooth to replace the cavity that was taken out. The filling may not be completely even with your bite. This is very common since you are numb during the procedure. Thankfully, it is a quick fix and involves a follow-up appointment to even out the filling, and chances are, the zing will resolve. If it does not, it requires further attention. 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you are concerned about, do not hesitate to call us at Dental Reflections Dublin to come in for a limited exam so we can get you feeling better. 614.799.5576

Dental Membership Plans to Keep You Smiling

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Dental Membership Plans at Dental Reflections

Is the lack of dental insurance keeping you away from seeing a dentist every 6 months? We have a solution for you! We are now offering our dental membership plans that give an option of paying upfront or month to month for your yearly dental care needs. In addition to 30% savings when you sign up, you will receive an additional 10% off of restorative dental services needed.

Preventive Care

Dentistry is all about preventive care. We know it is important to see a dentist, but most of us don’t because our teeth “feel fine.” This is the misconception most people have. A cavity or gum disease typically do not display symptoms until they are bad, really bad. At this point, you are now going to have to spend more time and money in the dental chair to play catch up. If a cavity is caught when it is small, it can be fixed easily with a one or two surface filling. This means less money, less time in the dental chair, and less chance of post-op sensitivity. The same goes with gum disease. This is when the foundation or bone around the teeth that hold and support them becomes affected. Lack of regular dental cleanings, genetics, and poor oral hygiene can all contribute to gum disease. This is why preventive care is SO important. It will save not only your teeth but money in the long run. Tooth replacement is so much more expensive than preserving and maintaining what you have. Our goal as dental providers is to give you all of the tools necessary to do just that.

Why a Dental Membership Plan?

It is estimated that 60% of Americans do not have dental insurance. This means a large percentage of that 60% probably do not see a dentist. Sure, you could go to one of those offices that sends a coupon in the mail and says cleaning, exam, and X-rays for just $69. The worst part is that for this price, the office is trying to see as many patients they can in a day to make up for the discount they are offering. Keep in mind, they need to make a profit to operate effectively. Unfortunately, in most of these cases, the dental care is sub-par, and they are not as focused on building rapport with a patient or providing the best dental care they can but seeing as many patients as possible to attempt to make a profit after practically giving away their services.

We operate differently here at Dental Reflections Dublin. From the moment you walk in the door, our goal is to create the best experience possible for you. This means a friendly greeting by our front office, no wait times in the waiting room, not rushing in the treatment rooms, and really taking the time to address your dental needs, questions and concerns. We are committed to provide comprehensive treatment to all of our patients and give them the best dental care they deserve. The ease of signing up for a dental membership plan and the option of month to month payments for the year makes it more affordable than ever to see a dentist. Contact us today to learn more and get started on keeping your smile healthy!