Signs and Symptoms That Warrant Immediate Dental AppointmentRoutine dental examinations can help prevent most dental health problems. Unfortunately, more than 70% of Americans fail to see a dentist yearly! Whether a lack of insurance, dental phobia, a tight schedule, or faith in an electronic toothbrush prevents you from scheduling regular appointments with the dentist, professional dental care should never be avoided for an extended period.

Some signs and symptoms will tell you that is actually time to visit your local dentist. maybe you are experiencing dull, unending pain, yet you can’t find its root cause. Or, perhaps you have some odd, uncomfortable anomaly that gets worse every passing minute. Or, maybe one of your molar teeth is extremely painful, and it’s impacting your energy level, mood, sleep as well as overall wellbeing.

In some instances, these signs are more pronounced! So what should you do? Should you immediately contact your local dentist for an appointment? Or, should you wait for a day or two, hoping that your symptoms will ultimately subside? If you are a health-conscious individual, you know and understand that your dental health is vital to your overall health and wellbeing. And this is why you must schedule an immediate appointment with your dentist should you experience any of the following signs and symptoms:

Redness in the gums, pain, unfavorable taste in your mouth, swelling, and fever:

If you didn’t know, these are all signs of an abscessed tooth, which refers to an infection caused by a cracked tooth, decayed tooth, or periodontal disease. If you are suffering from this condition, bacteria could easily find their way into your tooth’s soft tissue, nerves as well as blood vessels, resulting in the death of the pulp.

It is imperative to note that this is a serious condition that should warrant an immediate intervention of a dental professional. The pus will accumulate at the jaw bone’s root tip, forming an abscess. Commonly described as a pus pocket, an untreated abscess can cause a serious infection in your jawbone, teeth as well as surrounding tissues.

When you visit the dentist and you are experiencing the above symptoms, the dentist will recommend the best possible treatment based on the severity of those symptoms. In this regard, the treatment could be as straightforward as taking antibiotics to destroy the bacteria responsible for the infection. Other potential treatment options may include root canal treatment and draining the infection. The best way to prevent abscessed teeth is to practice good oral hygiene and schedule regular dental exam visits.

Bad breath, easily bleeding gums, swollen, tender, reddish gums:

These are all potential signs and symptoms of periodontal disease in its very early stages. Also referred to as gingivitis, this is another type of infection in which the surrounding tissues of your teeth become infected. The buildup of plaque is the primary cause of this condition.

Plaque can be caused by a myriad of factors, ranging from constant tobacco use or smoking, genetics (crooked teeth that are tough to clean), medications such as cancer therapy drugs, anti-epilepsy medications, and calcium blockers as well as some birth control pills.

If you are looking for a dentist, HPS Advanced Dental Care would love to see you.  Dr. Heather is gladly accepting new patients.

We are located at 4741 24 Mile Rd. Shelby Township, MI 48316, and we can be reached at  (248) 652-0024.  We look forward to meeting you!