Some problems may seem insignificant at the time but can result in major dental procedures, such as pulled teeth if they are not immediately addressed. These five problems warrant a visit to the dentist as soon as possible.
Teeth can be broken from falls, accidents or hard foods. The broken pieces should be saved if they can be found and immediately taken to the dentist. If the chipped tooth is not repaired quickly, the inner part of the tooth, known as the dentin and the root, may become infected.
Teeth can be knocked out unexpectedly during car accidents and sports. This problem needs to be addressed immediately to avoid losing the tooth permanently. The individual should try to put the tooth back into the socket after cleaning the tooth with water, and should see the dentist within one hour of the accident.
A toothache usually occurs after the protective outer portion of the tooth, known as the enamel, is damaged. This occurs when plaque from sugary foods builds up on the tooth or when acidic foods and beverages wear away the enamel. Once again, a toothache can lead to more serious damage of the inner part of the tooth if the cavity is not drilled out and filled.
A crown is placed over the outer portion of the tooth to protect and strengthen it. If the crown is lost, the entire tooth can be in danger of breaking. Although a lost crown does not always cause pain, a dentist should replace it immediately to avoid further damage.
Migraines can be symptoms of a tooth or jaw problem. In particular, grinding of the teeth, often occurring at night, and TMJ can create migraines accompanied by neck pain. Dentists, like those at Associates in Family Dentistry can provide migraine relief by performing dental extractions and other procedures.
Even if the individual cannot see any outward signs of a problem, pain can signal unseen damage to tooth roots or to the gums and may lead to other secondary problems, such as neck pain or migraines. The best rule of thumb is that if the person is experiencing pain, he or she should go to a dentist as soon as possible.