Dental procedures, even with great insurance, can be costly and painful. Thankfully, many of them can be prevented, and all it takes from you is some diligence. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day are absolute musts. They are part of an oral health routine that will keep plaque and disease away. But brushing and flossing are not fool-proof methods of preventing poor oral health. Other factors, like how well you brush, your diet, and hereditary traits, can also affect your susceptibility to cavities and other issues. While you cannot always identify issues by yourself, one clear sign that something might be wrong is discomfort.
What Tooth Discomfort Means
Tooth pain or even mild discomfort can mean a variety of different things, some very minor and others quite serious. Sometimes there is an obvious cause. If you have recently had a dental procedure like braces or wisdom teeth extraction, some discomfort is expected. And some foods can irritate sensitive teeth. But when you feel throbbing or sharp pain with no clear sign, this could be a sign of tooth decay or gum disease. Sometimes, this pain can feel like it is coming from your teeth but really it is originating from your jaw or sinuses. Your dentist can help identify the real root of your pain.
Go to a Dentist Right Away
While you may have an idea about what is causing the discomfort, only a dentist can diagnose the issue, which is why it is so important for you to call your dentist as soon as you can. The earlier you get your teeth checked out, the sooner you can fix whatever may be wrong. Many times, catching the problem early can prevent the aforementioned costly procedures.
At Serenity Dental, someone is on call 24/7 for emergency dental needs. If you start experiencing extreme discomfort after business hours, there is still someone who can help give you advice and see you in an emergency situation. If it can wait, you can get scheduled and see a dentist in the comfortable environment that Serenity Dental offers.