If you have significant pain in your mouth or jaw it could be from a toothache. Toothaches can be caused by many things such as a dying or abscessing tooth, a large cavity, an impacted tooth or receding gums. A toothache should always be evaluated by a dentist to determine the cause of the problem and appropriate treatment. If the pain you are experiencing is brought on by hot or cold, lingers for more than a few seconds, wakes you at night or you have to take pain medication for the pain you should be seen right away! Dr. Rich S. Radmall always accommodates same day emergencies. Call our office today.
If your teeth hurt when you drink hot or cold beverages you may have sensitive teeth. Sensitivity usually does not result in lingering pain, never wakes you at night and pain medication is seldom needed. Sensitivity can be caused by many conditions including periodontal disease, untreated tooth decay, exposed root surfaces or worn tooth enamel. Treatment depends on the source of sensitivity. If you suffer from sensitive teeth see us for a diagnosis and treatment options. The fix is often times inexpensive and simple. Don’t suffer unnecessarily.
A cracked or broken tooth's main symptom is pain while chewing especially chewing something hard. The pain may come and go giving confusing signals. Cracks happen for many reasons including: teeth grinding, injury or having a large filling in a tooth. The crack may be invisible to the naked eye and even x-ray, but they can be extremely painful and can cause bigger problems if left untreated. Cracks in teeth are very common and not all cracks need treatment. If you avoid chewing on the side of your mouth, or you have a broken tooth these conditions do need treatment. While treatment for a cracked or broken tooth is usually a crown (cap), sometimes a filling can fix the problem. See Dr. Radmall for diagnosis and treatment options.
Bleeding or sore gums can be a sign or periodontal disease, the irreversible form of gum disease and the number one cause of tooth loss. This symptom is also a sign of gingivitis, however, a very early and reversible form of gum disease. Sometimes bleeding and sore gums can also be the direct result of brushing too aggressively, using a medium or hard bristle toothbrush or starting a new flossing routine. If your gums bleed regularly call Dr. Rich S. Radmall to determine the cause, healthy gums don’t bleed regularly and it could be a sign that something else is wrong.
While uncomfortable to talk about, bad breath is a common worry for many people. It can have many causes including your diet, acid reflux, not cleaning your mouth well, dry mouth, smoking, sinuses or other medical conditions. Persistent bad breath is also a warning sign of gum disease. If you are experiencing bad breath brush your teeth well at least two times a day, floss daily and drink plenty of water. Don’t forget to brush your tongue. The tongue harbors bacteria responsible for bad breath, decay and gum disease. If after following these steps your symptoms don’t improve call Dr. Rich S. Radmall’s office to rule out gum disease. If gum disease is the cause of your bad breath, know that it can be successfully treated.
Dry mouth can be a chronic problem. It can be mildly irritating or so severe it makes it difficult to chew and swallow food. It is sometimes the result of a medical disorder and is also a side effect of many common prescription drugs. Medications for heart problems, high blood pressure or anxiety are frequent culprits. Saliva plays an extremely important role in the health of your mouth. It is the primary defense mechanism against tooth decay by washing food particles from your mouth and neutralizing bacterial acids in your mouth. Don’t let this condition go untreated! Doing so can result in a very high decay rate. If you suffer from dry mouth make sure to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth daily. It is also extremely important to drink plenty of water. Avoid beverages or candies that are tart or sugary. While juices such as orange juice, lemonade or lemon drops may provide immediate relief by stimulating your salivary glands, prolonged exposure to these substances will cause numerous cavities. Dr. Rich S. Radmall also recommends prescription toothpaste that has higher fluoride content than over the counter toothpastes. Call today to get started; it can make a big difference.
There are many types of mouth sores, most are not much to worry about while others are cause for great concern. Mouth sores vary in severity and cause and include canker sores, cold sores, leukoplakia and candidiasis. They can originate from broken or chipped teeth, irritation from braces, be caused directly from a bacteria, virus or fungus or even be the symptom of an underlying disease. Any sore that lasts longer than 1-2 weeks or looks like it ought to be painful and is not, should be examined by Dr. Rich S. Radmall.
Overtime teeth discolor and may become stained. This is often the result of smoking, eating certain foods, drinking cola, tea or coffee, aging, genetics or certain medications. If the color of your teeth concerns you, treatment is available. Depending on how deep the discoloration or stain is, recommended treatment may include an at home whitening system or an in office procedure called microabrasion. Keep in mind that existing dental work including white fillings, crowns and veneers will not bleach. See Dr. Rich S. Radmall for a consultation to determine the best treatment options for you.