Symptoms of Common Dental Problems

There are several common dental issues that can affect your oral health. It is important to seek professional dental care with Dr. Mark Richardson in Kalamazoo, MI if you develop any symptoms of these common dental problems. Treatment can correct the problem and prevent it from getting worse.

Tooth Decay & Cavities

One common dental problem that affects many people is tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when plaque forms on the teeth and begins eating away at the enamel. As the plaque erodes the enamel, small holes can form in the teeth. These holes are known as cavities or caries. Symptoms of possible tooth decay or a cavity include:

  • Toothaches
  • Sensitivity to sweets
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold items
  • Changes in the color of a tooth
  • Visible holes in a tooth

Root Canals 

Another common dental problem related to tooth decay is the need for a root canal. When infection and decay spread down through the canals of a tooth root, more extensive treatment is needed than simply filling a cavity. In some cases, an abscess can form in the gums or below the root. If an abscess develops, there is a risk that the infection could spread to other areas of the mouth. Your Kalamazoo dentist could determine if you need a root canal. Symptoms associated with the need for a root canal include:

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold items
  • Severe or persistent toothaches
  • Sharp pain when biting or chewing food
  • Throbbing pain or pressure in the mouth
  • Drainage from the gums

Gum Disease 

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is another common dental problem. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss as the gums degrade and recede. There are several symptoms associated with gum disease and it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible if you develop any of the symptoms. Procedures are available for stopping the infection and restoring the health of your gums. Symptoms of possible gum disease include:

  • Receding gum line
  • Swollen, tender, or red gums
  • Sensitive gums that easily bleed
  • Missing or loose teeth
  • Severe toothaches
  • Chronic bad breath

Get the Preventive Care You Need

When you have a dentist that you trust and turn to often then you’re also more likely to keep up with your six-month cleanings. This is extremely important, as preventive dental care can protect your smile common dental problems such as decay and gum disease. Plus, by coming in twice a year we can also identify problems early on before they cause major complications.

See our dentist Dr. Richardson for treatment if you develop any of the symptoms of these common dental problems. To schedule an appointment call the office at (269) 343-6907.

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