If you’re vigilant about your dental hygiene and see your Chicago dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups, you’re handling your oral care well. You should experience relatively few dental problems. However, dental issues occasionally arise, despite the best habits.
If you experience any of the symptoms discussed below, make an appointment with Dr. Fondriest as soon as possible. It’s best to catch dental problems early, when they can be easily treated and while damage is minimal.
If you experience sudden tooth pain, see your Chicago dentist immediately. Don’t wait, thinking that the problem will go away. You may have damaged a filling, crown, or other dental work, or you may have a cavity, internal tooth infection, or abscess.
Discoloration in the Soft Tissues of Your Mouth
Inspect the inside of your mouth about once a month, checking your gums, cheeks, and the top and underside of your tongue. Look for anything unusual. If you feel a lump or notice white or red discolorations on your gums, cheeks, tongue or other soft tissue, call us for an appointment.
Changes in Your Gums
If you notice changes in your gums, you may have gingivitis, a relatively mild form of gum disease, or periodontitis, which is more severe. If your gums appear swollen, bleed while you brush, become red or pale in color, or appear to be receding from your teeth, contact us for an appointment.
Increased Sensitivity to Temperatures
If hot or cold beverages or foods suddenly cause you tooth sensitivity, see us. This symptom may indicate the nerves and blood vessels of your teeth are being affected by infection, or that your tooth enamel is unusually thin. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can also increase sensitivity to heat and cold because the consistent biting forces wear down enamel and can cause crazing, which are tiny, spider-web-like cracks in enamel.
Spots on Your Teeth
The first indication of a cavity is often the appearance of a white spot on your tooth, though white spots can also indicate fluorosis. Make an appointment for Dr. Fondriest to examine the spot. He’ll determine the cause, and let you know what treatment would best suit your case.
If you have persistent bad breath (clinically called halitosis) that doesn’t seem related to your diet, the odor may stem from bacteria in decaying teeth or gum infection. Brushing and flossing should restore fresh breath. If not, you should see us for a checkup.
Your Lake Forest dentist provides the dental care necessary to keep oral problems from becoming serious. In addition to brushing and flossing regularly, schedule checkups and dental cleanings very six months to ensure you don’t have any outstanding oral issues. Schedule an appointment today by calling (847)234-0517. Our practice gladly serves patients from Chicago, including those from the North Shore, Northwest Suburbs and surrounding area near the 60045 area code.