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6 Reasons for When to See the Dentist

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Do you know when to see the dentist? Many people wait until they are in severe pain before going to the dentist, or until they’re so sick of a problem that they feel like they can’t deal with it another day.

Edgewood Dental Care is here for you, whether you have a concern that’s just bothering you or a true dental emergency . With four skilled Edgewood, KY dentists to serve you, convenient hours, and same-day technology, we can often resolve problems completely the day you call or by your second visit. So call now: 859-474-7830. Tell us your problem, and we’ll get you in as soon as we can for a solution that suits you.

1. Oral Pain or Abnormalities

Whether your pain is extreme, mild, or on again, off again, you should call Dr. McMahon or one of our other dentists. Pain indicates a problem, especially if it’s lingering or comes back. If you continued to have pain anywhere else in your body, it’s likely you would visit the doctor to find out what’s wrong. It’s the same with your mouth. Gum pain, tissue pain, and tooth pain all indicate you could have a problem.

We have a solution, so you don’t need to worry. No matter how bad you think the situation could be, we guarantee we’ve seen it before. You don’t have to be embarrassed, and you don’t have to be scared. Our sympathetic team can relieve your pain as quickly as possible. If you’re more than a little nervous, we have sedation and comfort options to keep you relaxed.

If you see anything that doesn’t look normal, like a sore or strange spot that pops up, give us a call right away for an exam. Even if it’s nothing, it’s best to come in rather than leave it to chance.

2. Jaw Pain

The dentists at Edgewood Dental Care decided to receive training even after dental school to help resolve jaw pain. We regularly see patients with chronic jaw pain who don’t know where else to turn. What better place to go than to a professional who is trained in health care of the mouth?

Often, jaw pain is caused by TMJ disorder. Although it’s usually not serious, it can be painful, distracting, and even debilitating. Many people with this disorder grind their teeth at night. That alone can trigger pain.

Call us if you’re tired of the pain. We offer simple, noninvasive solutions, like small oral appliances that reposition your jaw to rest it. Unexplained headaches and ear aches are also symptoms of TMJ. We can treat those, too, if TMJ disorder is the cause.

3. Embarrassment, Such as Hiding Your Smile

If you hide your smile when you talk, laugh, or have your picture taken, it’s time to call. Stop the emotional suffering! We can help you! We hate seeing patients deal with smile flaws and problems, but we love seeing the changes in our patients’ lives after we correct the issues.

Cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry are both excellent ways to change your smile from one you conceal to one you show. One that makes you uncomfortable to one that brings comfort to others! Even if you think your situation is impossible, it’s not. Severely stained teeth, decayed teeth, cracked teeth, missing teeth, crooked teeth – they can all be repaired here.

4. Trouble Eating or Swallowing

There are many reasons for trouble eating or swallowing, like:

  • Tooth pain from decay or infection
  • Missing teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Bad, old, or broken restorations
  • Dentures
  • Dry mouth

Don’t let these conditions trouble you anymore. You can be free to eat what you want without:

  • Chewing on one side
  • Discomfort, pain, or frustration
  • Chopping your food into tiny pieces
  • Skipping meals with friends completely because of your dental condition
  • Worrying about your dentures staying in place
  • Worrying that your tooth or restoration will break

Many of these problems can be resolved in one or two visits. We have same-day crowns, same-day tooth fillings, same-day root canals, same-day extractions, and even same-day implant restorations in some cases.

5. Medical Conditions

If you have a heart condition, diabetes, a history of stroke, a history of cancer, sleep apnea, or even a high-risk pregnancy, it’s important to see your dentist regularly.

There are things the mouth can reveal about the entire body. There are also problems we can find in the mouth that can lead to overall health problems or complicate existing problems. For example, diabetics are at higher risk for gum disease than the average person.

Let us keep your oral health in check, and possibly your whole health as well.

6. After 6 Months Since Your Last Visit

We can’t catch problems as quickly if we don’t see you regularly! We recommend coming in for an exam every six months, or every three or four months if you have gum disease. These quick visits can ultimately save you time, money, and pain from all the problems we’ve mentioned above.

Now that you have an idea of when to see the dentist, ask yourself: Is there anything you want to change about your mouth? Is there any dental pain we can help get rid of for good? If so, we are here for you.

Call our Edgewood dentist office at 859-474-7830 or request an appointment online .

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