Don’t Ignore Minor Symptoms!
Early stage intervention means a better chance of saving your tooth.
If we wake up in the middle of the night with a raging toothache, the first thing that we will, or should, do in the morning is to call the dentist to arrange an emergency appointment. Taking this action is common sense.
Where a dental problem is less painful or inconvenient though, some of us may tend to do our best to ignore it and do nothing about it, in the hope that it goes away.
At the Foxhall Dental Practice, we know that many of our Ipswich patients live very busy lives, and a minor issue with teeth or gums may feel like it can be left until your next scheduled appointment with the dentist. To take this approach though is risky at best, and ignoring a relatively minor issue could lead to more damage if not treated promptly.
There has been a rise in the use of painkillers in the UK and hopefully some of this is not down to masking dental discomfort. If you need painkillers to mask pain with your teeth or gums, then you really do need to see your dentist as soon as you possibly can. Pain is our body’s way of telling us that all is not well and that corrective action needs to be taken!
If a tooth is throbbing or feels a little sore; even if we wouldn’t describe it as ‘painful’, it almost certainly means that decay is present, or worse still, that the root canals have become infected. Both of these problems need treating immediately.
If you choose not to see the dentist when you have a small amount of tooth decay, the bacteria will spread and your cavity become larger. What may have required a relatively small filling may, instead, mean that a large filling will be needed, or even a dental crown if the damage is significant. If it is the root canals that have become infected, this will only get worse, with abscesses likely to form if not promptly treated with a root canal procedure.
Chipped or broken tooth
Even if you chip or break a tooth in a small way, you should still have this checked. Both of these may create rough edges which can graze or cut the soft tissues of your mouth. Not only is this uncomfortable but also means that infections may be more likely. In addition to this, even if it feels like there are no sharp edges, the structure of the tooth is likely to have been compromised, making it weaker. If you do not have the tooth restored, further breakage may occur which could be quite extensive and expensive to correct.
A few patients have asked us if they should request an emergency appointment in situations such as this. We certainly think that you should contact us as soon as you can and discuss your problem with one of our receptionists who will arrange an appropriate appointment for you. Especially where a patient is in pain or damage is significant, we will do our very best to see you as soon as we possibly can.
For all appointments, emergency or routine, you can call the Foxhall Dental Practice of Ipswich on 01473 258396.