Going to the dentist isn’t everyone’s favorite thing to do, and oftentimes, people ignore serious oral health issues to avoid the dentist entirely. In addition to your recommended bi-annual dental check-up, you should see a dentist if you experience any of the following.
1. You Broke a Tooth
This seems obvious, but if you broke a tooth, you should see a dentist as soon as possible to have the situation evaluated. If left unexamined, a broken tooth could lead to an infection or tooth decay, as well as further breakage and pain. If necessary, your dentist can cap your broken tooth to prevent potential issues or for aesthetic reasons, so your tooth looks whole again.
2. Your Teeth Hurt
Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire, and where there’s pain, there’s usually an underlying issue. Don’t self-diagnose or just suck it up–see a dentist and find out what’s causing the pain. Tooth pain can occur as a result of myriad issues, including clenching or grinding your teeth, tooth decay, gum disease, new teeth coming in, or shifting teeth.
3. You Have Persistent Bad Breath
If you have bad breath, despite having good oral hygiene, you should definitely get checked out. Bad breath can be a sign of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, which can result in periodontitis and serious health issues. Chronic bad breath is also a symptom of a number of other conditions, and shouldn’t be left untreated. Even if your halitosis isn’t a result of a medical condition, your dentist will be able to help you control your bad breath.
4. You Have Mouth Sores
Any sore lasting longer than a week should warrant a dental examination. Mouth sores can be caused by a variety of conditions, and could be indicative of a larger health problem, or could lead to bacteria entering the bloodstream, causing infection.
5. Your Gums Are Inflamed
Like bad breath, gum inflammation can be a sign of gingivitis or poor dental hygiene. In either case, seeing a dentist is crucial to rectifying the problem, whether it’s a more vigorous and consistent flossing routine or something more serious.
6. Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
If you have trouble eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages, you should see a dentist. Many people have sensitivity to hot and cold, and your dentist may just recommend a mouthwash or toothpaste that reduces sensitivity; however, the issue may be the result of an exposed nerve or receding gums, which indicate larger oral health issues requiring treatment.
The issues we’ve mentioned above should not be taken lightly, as left untreated, they could cause serious health issues down the road. If you experience pain, sensitivity, inflammation, sores, bad breath, or tooth breakage, be sure to make an appointment with a dentist to evaluate and treat the problem, before it escalates.
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We smile in pictures, we smile when we’re happy, and we smile to greet one another. A smile is the first way we present ourselves to the world, expressing joy, health, and confidence, all in one first impression. If you’ve ever felt like your smile could look better though, cosmetic dentistry could help.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry that works to create a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. Improving your smile can have dramatic results on your overall appearance, boosting your confidence, self-esteem, and even making you want to smile more.
Over time, your teeth can begin to yellow, move out of alignment, chip and crack, or the enamel can wear down. Instead of hiding your smile or avoiding showing teeth altogether , maybe it’s time you explored the treatment options of cosmetic dentistry.
There are a variety of procedures available that can be tailored and combined to tackle your needs. Treatments such as bleaching, reshaping gums, or implants can cause dramatic transformations, all at a surprisingly affordable price tag. Depending on your wants and needs, the cost of cosmetic dentistry depends on a number of factors including what you want to improve, the dentist performing the procedure, and the materials used. Here is a list of four of the most common treatment types and a quick glimpse at how much it may cost you.
Fixing Tooth Damage
Dental Veneers can help with worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment, abnormal spacing, or chips and cracks in your teeth. These veneers are often made from composite resin (a tooth-coloring filling material) or porcelain. Veneers are placed over the front of the tooth to recreate the look of natural teeth. Traditional porcelain veneers can last 10 to 15 years while composite veneers, in comparison, may last 5 to 7 years. Dental Crowns, which are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over your tooth to restore the tooth’s shape, size, and strength as well as improve appearance.
Replacing Missing Teeth
Missing teeth is often more than a cosmetic concern, but a general oral health problem. Depending on how many teeth you’re missing or where in your mouth there are gaps, it’s possible to experience problems chewing. To replace those missing molars or incisors, your dentist may suggest either a dental implant or dental bridge.
Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth. A connector called an abutment is attached to the implant, which eventually supports the prosthetic tooth.
Dental Bridges are another option for replacing missing teeth. As the name suggests, dental bridges bridge gaps between a missing tooth or missing teeth. Dental bridges are supported by the natural teeth around them or by implants. The bridge is made up of the pontic, which replaces the missing tooth or teeth, and two crowns which are attached to and cover the surrounding teeth.
Straightening Your Smile
Some people have teeth that are healthy and strong but crooked. Misaligned teeth not only can make you self-conscious about flashing a smile, but may be the cause of jaw pain and headaches. When our teeth don’t line up well in our mouths, are jaw will overcompensate by moving in strange directions and angles to make chewing and talking more comfortable. Thankfully, there are a couple options to combat poor alignment including braces or clear alignment trays to adjust the teeth’s position.
Getting a Brighter & Whiter Smile
Teeth whitening is a quick and non-invasive way to improve your smile. There are three options for teeth whitening: in-office whitening, professionally dispensed take-home whitening kits, or over-the-counter teeth whitening. With in-office whitening, the dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums and apply bleach to the teeth. A special light or laser might be used to enhance the action of the whitening agent. While in-office whitening procedures cost more, the concentration of the whitening agent is lower in the take-home kits and the over-the-counter options than what your dentist would use in the office.
While most insurance providers do not cover the cost of cosmetic dentistry, considering your options for improving your smile and speaking with your dentist can help you find an option affordable for you. The best way to know if you can afford cosmetic dentistry is to get a complete estimate from your dentist and speak with the financing department about your options. Dental offices deal frequently with financing and will be able to provide you with all of the financing choices available to you.
Ultimately, cosmetic dentistry can be worth the cost to help you take pride in your smile. An improved smile can help you feel more confident, improve your overall appearance and make great first impressions. If you’re looking to improve your smile, consider scheduling an appointment with Drs. Creason, Weber & Mountford. We’re always accepting new patients and have everything you need to get the smile you’ve been hoping for with services like our ZOOM whitening. You can make your appointment by calling 616-842-0822 or by scheduling online today!
Veneers are one of the best ways to change a smile for cosmetic reasons or close a gap between two teeth. Sometimes orthodontics are a better choice and a consultation with one of our doctors will determine your options.
If you think veneers may be right for you, watch the video below and then
If the video will not play, visit: https://westmichigandentistry.com/general-dentistry/#dentistry/cosmetic/veneer_color and click “cosmetic Problems at the top and then select the first video labeled “Veneer (color correction)”
I am often asked about the various ways to replace a missing tooth. If you are a candidate for a dental implant, it is absolutely the best option that will provide the highest quality of life and least amount of hassle over time. We have many patient education videos on our website including implant videos. Below is the video for a dental implant. Click on the Autorun image and take a look. Once you have seen the video, schedule and appointment today to learn more about how dental implants are right for you!
Cold Sore, Fever Blister, Canker Sore and Apthous Ulcer Treatment now available in office:
Treatment with a dental laser may be a solution for many sufferers of common mouth and lip sores. We can shine a painless laser light over the affected area and, in many cases, the laser ablates the virus and keeps it from erupting. If eruption has already occurred, the laser treatment has been very successful in healing the sore in a fraction of the time (1-3 days) and keeping it from returning in the future. If you suffer from mouth sores, call our office today to ask about laser treatment.