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Why Am I Being Referred To An Oral Surgeon Instead Of My Dentist For A Tooth Extraction?

Usually it’s your dentist who, after a thorough examination including x-rays, determines if any teeth need to be pulled. Common reasons for extraction include cracks or breakage, advanced decay, and impaction, a painful condition where teeth are trapped in the gums or jaw.

Teeth may also be extracted for esthetic reasons.

You may need one or more teeth pulled to address problems like overcrowding or misalignment prior to getting braces or before undertaking the kind of “smile makeover” offered by cosmetic dentists like Dr. Zach Taylor of Taylor General & Cosmetic Dentistry. A smile makeover, which aims for complete dental beautification, may include steps like contouring, whitening and the application of veneers.

What’s The Difference Between A Dentist And An Oral Surgeon?

Tooth extraction can often be done right at the dentist’s office, with the doctor using novocaine, local anesthesia or sedation to mitigate any discomfort.

If it looks like an extraction will be particularly complicated or lengthy, however, your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon. Oral surgeons bring greater expertise and experience to bear upon tricky extractions.

They’re also qualified to administer the general anesthesia required for extensive dental surgery. For this reason, a patient with dental phobia–someone who insists on sleeping through any procedure–may be referred to an oral surgeon even for a routine extraction

The use of anesthesia carries risks including abrupt changes in your heartbeat or blood pressure. While such instances are rare, it’s reassuring to know that oral surgeons are trained in Basic Life Support.

Complicating matters

There are a number of factors that can complicate tooth extraction and which may prompt your dentist to send you to an oral surgeon. Some of these are:

  • Badly cracked or fractured teeth that are likely to break off during removal
  • Impacted teeth that are below the gum line, which necessitates cutting into the mouth to extract them
  • Entangled roots
  • Jaw tightness
  • Facial characteristics like overly large sinuses, which inhibit easy teeth removal

A dentist is also likely to refer patients needed wisdom teeth extraction to an oral surgeon.

There is often little room left in our mouths by the time this third set of molars comes in, typically between the ages of 17 and 25. As a result, wisdom teeth have an uncomfortable tendency to grow in a way that causes misalignment, overcrowding or impaction. They’re also tough and hard to get to, so general anesthetic is usually advised for their removal.

Having an extraction is not something most people are happy about. There’s a reason we say achieving something difficult is “like pulling teeth.” Luckily, though, there are dental surgeons qualified to make a dental operation as efficient and painless as possible. That’s something to smile about.

Veneers: What Are They And What Do They Do?

A smile is a sign that you’re friendly, welcoming and, most of all, feeling happy. It’s ironic, then, that so many people feel self-conscious about the state of their smile.

In fact, fully a third of Americans are unhappy with their teeth, according to a 2012 study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists. Of this group, 36 percent believed their social life would improve if they had a more attractive smile.

In an ideal world, this wouldn’t be the case. If, as the saying goes, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, you certainly shouldn’t judge a person on the merits of their appearance. According to the same study, however, people really do care about looks.

Seventy-seven percent of the women surveyed said having crooked teeth is more of a turn-off than a receding hairline when it comes to a potential romantic partner. And when it comes to the workplace, 78 percent of Americans perceive people with crooked teeth to be unsuccessful.

These statistics are certainly sobering. As strange as it sounds, however, there’s never been a better time to have bad teeth. Cosmetic dentistry has come far in recent years, allowing people to address a host of issues when it comes to the look of their teeth.

One of the best routes to a beautiful smile is the introduction of porcelain veneers. A skilled cosmetic dentist like Dr. Zach Taylor of Taylor General & Cosmetic Dentistry of Billings, Montana can use this procedure to fix aesthetic concerns including:

  • Gaps caused by missing teeth or spacing problems
  • Misaligned or crooked teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Teeth of different lengths
  • A smile that is too “gummy”

The benefits of porcelain veneers go beyond the cosmetic. They Can help improve your overall dental health by realigning your bite and strengthening and stabilizing teeth that are cracked, broken, weak or loose. Porcelain veneers can even stave off future tooth decay, a benefit everyone can applaud.

What are porcelain veneers?

A veneer is a porcelain shell, as thin as a contact lens, that’s bonded and placed over a tooth to mask any cosmetic issues. It’s a quick and effective beautifying technique.

Ever wonder how your favorite celebrity got that white smile with perfectly uniform teeth? Chances are they have veneers.

If you want to see the difference it can make, look at Tom Cruise in early movies like the 1983 hit “The Outsiders” as compared to more recent films. His smile has gone from snaggle-toothed and discolored to dazzling, with veneers playing a large part in the improvement. It’s safe to say that cosmetic dentistry has been helpful in his meteoric transformation from bit actor to leading man.

Veneers are not a one-size-fits-all proposition

A reputable cosmetic dentist knows every face and every smile is different and approaches your veneers accordingly. For instance, at Taylor General & Cosmetic Dentistry they take photos of you and then use software to customize veneers complementing your appearance.

Dr. Taylor and his crew then prepare your teeth with methods like pre-contouring and create a prototype of your veneers. You are presented that same day with veneers made of a temporary material. In some cases, patients who are dentist-averse opt to forgo the teeth preparation. Unless you present with alignment problems or certain other issues, your cosmetic dentist can install no-prep veneers.

It takes a few weeks for a ceramist to make your custom veneers. In the meantime, the prototype veneers let you rock your new smile right away and report if any improvements need to be made.

Once your porcelain veneers are ready, it’s time for a bonding procedure where the veneers are fused to your teeth. After that, even if you’ve spent your whole life embarrassed of your smile, you’ll be delighted to “grin and bare it.”

Direct From The Dentist: Preventing The Spread Of Illness

While most people consider fall and winter to be the more common illness-spreading seasons, the truth is that it is distressingly easy for illness to proliferate. No matter the season, if preventative measures aren’t taken, you could be trapped inside during the summer with a nasty bout of bronchitis or some other highly infectious illness.

Here at Taylor General & Cosmetic Dentistry, we wanted to focus in on oral illnesses, some which will only affect you as it spreads as well as covering orally-spread illnesses. We want to offer advice from our dentist on how to prevent the spread of both of these types of oral illnesses.

Dentists Can Be First To Identify Several Illnesses

It surprises some people when their dentist is the first medical professional to identify their illness, perhaps because there is no dentistry service labeled “Illness Assessment”. Yet, if you come in for your biannual dental cleaning or any other dental service we offer, our dentist has the training to identify when something is wrong with your oral health. Some of the illnesses our dentist might recognize are:

  • Oral cancers – There are several types of oral cancers which can go unnoticed while being masked by other symptoms.
  • Leukemia – Some common signs of leukemia are visible to dentists, such as canker sores, bloody gums, and swollen lymph nodes.
  • Diabetes – Inflamed gums which tend to bleed and chronically bad breath no matter how consistent your oral care can be some signs of diabetes which a dentist can identify.
  • Oral infection – Often an oral infection can hide out of sight and may cause people to think they have the flu. Yet, an untreated oral infection can become an abscess which can lead to serious complications. Our dentist will be able to identify and treat an oral infection so you don’t suffer more serious consequences.

Ways To Prevent Outside Illnesses And Infections

Outside of preventing personal illness spreading, there are outside illnesses which you can prevent from spreading to you. While you can’t stop catching all illnesses, there are some steps you can take to increase your chances of staying healthy.

  • Sanitize public equipment prior to use. One example of this is wiping down a public computer keyboard before you use it.
  • Always wash your hands after using the restroom.
  • Refrain from personal contact (hugs, handshakes, etc) during flu season as much as possible.
  • Stay hydrated to support proper homeostasis.

Also, you don’t have to skip your dentist appointment because you feel a head cold coming on. As long as you are not coughing and no airways are obstructed, you should be fine to come in for your dental appointment. To set up an appointment with Dr. Taylor, feel free to call or use our “Request An Appointment” form online.

Does Tooth Whitening Toothpaste Work?

Going off of a tooth whitening commercial, you would think the advertised toothpaste could transform any smile, no matter its current condition. But, clever marketing aside, our dentist and staff at Taylor General & Cosmetic Dentistry have often been asked whether whitening toothpaste actually works.

What Tooth Whitening Toothpastes Can Do

Whitening toothpaste cleans the teeth and helps remove bacteria-encouraging food particles. But the actual whitening properties are underwhelming.

At best, a tooth whitening toothpaste can remove surface stains on the teeth. These stains are usually left by coffee, tea, wine, and staining foods such as beets, wine, coffee, and blackberries. If the discoloration you want to whiten is below the surface of the tooth, then whitening toothpaste can do nothing to change the color.

Potential Problems With Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

Depending on what is in the whitening toothpaste, the act of using the whitening toothpaste can actually harm your teeth. Some ways they harm are:

  • Abrasive particles are sometimes included in whitening formulas, which can scrub down the enamel of the teeth and actually reveal more of the yellow root of the tooth below the surface.
  • Some people want the whitening toothpaste to work, so they brush their teeth too hard. This can also damage the enamel of the teeth and can inflame the gums.
  • Not all toothpaste brands are regulated by the FDA, and some companies take advantage of people’s desire for whiter teeth and produce substandard toothpaste products. These products may not even clean your teeth effective as well as fail to whiten your teeth.

More Effective Teeth Whitening Options

Rather than take chances with different kinds of whitening toothpaste and spending time and money on the different brands, there are more effective teeth whitening options our dentist can offer you. A few of the popular teeth whitening options offered at our dental office are:

  • Fitted whitening trays – Superior to over-the-counter whitening trays, our fitted teeth whitening trays are formed to your teeth so they can be whitened evenly. Also, our dentist can access whitening formula which is stronger than the ones available over-the-counter.
  • Laser teeth whitening – Using whitening gel and dental lasers, see your teeth whiter faster within a 15-20 minute treatment session.
  • Veneer application – Porcelain veneers can cover discolored teeth as well as correct other cosmetic dental issues. The color of the veneers can be made to match your preferred tooth color.

If you are ready for whiter teeth to cap off a perfect smile, then contact us today for a consultation with our dentist.

Practicing Dentistry As It Should Be

Do you remember when your family physician would visit your home with his or her little black bag, stethoscope around the neck, visiting in the late hours of the night to take care of you? A families doctor used to be a family friend, not just a doctor. The doc would know your kids’ names and what was going on in the family. He or she would spend the time necessary to really take care of you and get to know you. Getting to know you actually used to be an important part of taking care of you. Where did that type of medicine go? This beautiful medical service has shifted to a bloated, insurance driven, not-enough-time-to-chat mammoth of a problem.

Well…why is a dentist talking about this? Because dentistry is becoming the same thing. What used to be a beautiful, small private practice service industry, has now become an impersonal, large multi-doctor, insurance driven, and very expensive commodity business. Patients have become a means to paying off terribly high student loans and expensive offices and equipment. The future of my dental profession isn’t looking pretty. I think you know what I’m talking about.

We as dentists have done a disservice to you, the patient. Our mentality of treating our patients like our family has been erased by a mentality of seeing patients as a means for profits and luxury. Much of the dentistry done today doesn’t need to be done, but it is because insurance covers it. How do I know this? Because I used to practice this way, and I go to the dental meetings and talk with the local dentists as well as other dentists around the country and world. This is my profession- it’s my experience. But this experience has woken me up and I’ve changed the way I think and practice. I treat my patients based on THEIR needs, not mine, while not allowing a disinterested insurance company to dictate their diagnosis and treatment.

Why am I writing this? Because it’s up to us dentists to help shift the dental culture we’ve created, and get back to putting first, truly putting first, the interests and needs of our patients. Dentistry has been turned on its head and it’s up to us dentists to turn it back right.

We live in an AMAZING time of medical technological advancement! What we know now is going to help us cure dental diseases, I’m confident of that. But during dental disease creates a little conflict of interest for us dentists, right? That’s not how I see it. We are learning more and more about how the mouth is the gateway to the body, or how oral health affects our whole body health. I see us becoming a more integral part of comprehensive health care in the future. Did you know that bacteria from cavities and gum disease are also found in the blood clots that cause heart attacks and strokes? Did you know that a diabetic that takes care of their mouth has an easier time managing their diabetes? Did you know that braces can GREATLY decrease your risk for sleep apnea? We are at a very exciting time. And too many dentists just have their heads down drilling and filling away. Advanced dental education, far beyond what you get at dental school, helps me connect the dots and gives me the tools and training I need to advance with the changing technology and paradigm. We can turn dentistry back right again by helping our patients know that their mouth is directly linked to their body.

In our office we feel dentistry is practiced as it should be. You, the patient, are the focus. Yes we take insurance, but we don’t allow the insurance company to dictate your diagnosis or treatment. Disease dictates diagnosis, and the patient dictates whether or not to undergo treatment. Your authority to choose for yourself the best course of action is paramount to your health. We don’t hijack that authority. We view ourselves as friends that, if asked, can help you make decisions. I, as the doctor, am the referee- I call it as I see it. The ball is then in your court to decide how to proceed. I don’t employee pushy front desk personnel whose only job is to “close the deal.” You’ll never leave our office without knowing how much something is going to cost. And we spend the time needed to answer your questions about the treatment options you have.

We take all insurance. Most of our patients have some form for a dental benefit. But because I’m not a contracted dentist for most plans, the insurance can’t tell me or you what to do. PPO plans will still pay your entire yearly dental benefit, even if I’m not on the contracted list of dentists. Again, most of our patients use their dental benefit with us. But our goal is for you to not have to use your dental benefit, other than for routine cleanings and exams. So many patients are tired to having fillings done every year and crowns done every five years. They tired of root canals, extractions, and implants. I would be too. We feel we have the answers to get our patients healthy and stay healthy. That’s empowering to both you and me.

At our office you’ll feel a difference because our mentality has shifted back to where it should be- to the patient. Honesty, integrity, gentleness, and kindness is our mantra here. You’ll be greeted with a beautifully warm smile, and leave with your questions answered, empowered to make choices based on your needs and timing. Come see us!

Dr. Taylor

Dental Insurance? The truth that most don’t explain.

Insurance? Absolutely, we take it. We just don’t allow your insurance to dictate your diagnosis and treatment.

I hear too many friends and others around town express that they feel they’re getting the dental runaround- their questions aren’t answered, they’re pushed through so fast they wonder what’s going on, and they don’t even see the same doctor every time. This isn’t how dentistry should be. What most patients don’t realize is these problems stem from the office being insurance driven. Let me explain what I mean. Grab a cup of coffee, this is gonna be good!

Often times an employer will bring on a dental benefit from an dental insurance company as a perk of employment. If you want good employees, you better give them benefits, right? Well, these benefits cost the employer money. The good dental plans cost more, the crappy plans cost less. That’s just how it is. So the dental insurance companies form dental plans to pitch to the employers in certain areas, hoping for their business. Sadly, often what determines the plan the employer chooses is the cost, so often the crappy plans are the ones you get when you get hired. But it’s something- it’s definitely a benefit to help you pay for your dental care, which is great! It’s certainly better than nothing.

The issues with these lower cost plans is they reimburse the dentists much less than the higher cost plan. So a crown done on a low cost plan may get the dentist $500, whereas the same crown done on a high quality plan may get the dentist $1000. This is not uncommon. So what does that mean for the dentist and what does that mean for you, the patient? Well, the dentist who is a preferred provider for the low cost plan, has to see twice as many patients as the dentist who isn’t a preferred provider for that plan, just to make the same amount of money. These dentists have to work faster, much faster, in order to make a profit. And because they don’t get paid as much per procedure, they usually aren’t able to afford paying for higher quality staff, materials, and technology. The crowns I get from my lab from either California or here is Montana cost almost 4 times as much as a cheap crown I could get from a “mega-lab” or from China. This is just one small example. So for the dentist, life looks much different if he/she is in deep with the low cost plans as a preferred provider. The main difference is TIME. They don’t have the time to sit down with you for an hour and explain why you need $3000 of dental work. They simply can’t do it and still make a profit. How do I know this? Because this is how I used to work. For the first three years out of dental school that was my life. I had to work fast, I didn’t have time to sit and chat, and the insurance price I would get would dictate where I would send a crown to be made, what material I would use to do a filling, and in the end, how much I could pay my assistant. Hindsight is 20/20- it’s easy for me to see now how insurance companies dictated almost everything in my office.

Well…that’s not how I practice any more. I honestly don’t even think about insurance now; I’ve realized my patients are just that- MY patients, not the insurance companies. And who knows my patients best? I do. I no longer allow the insurance companies to have so much influence in my practice and between me and my patients.

So what does this mean for you, the patient? First, it means that you will be able to make decisions without the insurance company trying to make those decisions for you. Second, it means that you’ll get our full attention here. Because I don’t have to see as many patients, I’m not juggling 2-4 patients at one time. I see one patient, start to finish, and then see the next patient. And third, it means your treatment will be done by a highly trained doctor and staff, well researched and highly successful dental materials and technology, and get dental care that will last 15-20 years instead of 5-10 years.

Dr. Taylor

Direct From The Dentist: 5 Foods That Cause Quick Tooth Decay

Patients do not always consider the effect different foods can have on their teeth. Yet, some foods can greatly speed up tooth decay; especially, if you regularly eat several of these foods.

To help you out before your next visit to Taylor General & Cosmetic Dentistry, try to cut back on these foods which can cause quick tooth decay.

Hard And Chewy Candy Both Damage Teeth

Sugar, in general, is a large factor in tooth decay. Many types of dental bacteria love to eat the leftover residue of sugar which remains on your teeth after you eat something sugary. The particular dangers represented by both hard and soft candies are:

  • Hard candies – Not only bad for teeth if you crunch them but hard candies you suck on have a demineralization effect on your teeth. This can leave your teeth prone to chipping and even more vulnerable to tooth decay.
  • Chewy candies – Whether the chewy candy is a pure sugary treat or dried fruit, the sticky residue from chewy candies that is left on your teeth makes you even more vulnerable to the bacteria which eats sugar off of teeth.

Citrus Fruits Cause Dental Issues

While citrus fruits can be an excellent way to add vitamins to your diet, their highly acidic nature leaches minerals from the enamel of your teeth. As you weaken your enamel, your teeth are far more likely to develop spots of decay.

Soda And Teeth Shouldn’t Mix

If you are a regular soda drinker, you not only can demineralize your teeth but also cause your gums to recede from lack of proper hydration. As gums recede, it exposes the roots of your teeth which don’t have the protective enamel the crowns of your teeth have to protect them.

Also, do not swish your soda around in your mouth. This allows the sugary drink to reach between your teeth where it is far more difficult to clean. Drinking water directly after drinking soda can help neutralize some of the potential decay issues.

Fruit Juices And Sports Drinks Aren’t Teeth-Friendly

While many people believe that drinking fruit juices and sports drinks are healthy choices, it is far from the case when it comes to the health of your teeth. Both of these types of drinks are usually laden with sugar to make them more appealing and many are fairly acidic. Between these two features, these drinks can erode your dental enamel then invite decay with the sugar residue.

Popcorn Can Cause Multiple Dental Problems

Popcorn contains lactic acid, which in most cases, adds flavor to this treat. However, as it becomes lodged between your teeth and gums, bacteria and decay are invited. Not only can the stuck bits of popcorn inflame your gums, it can lead bacteria to form pockets under your gums as it attacks the roots of your teeth.

To help protect you from the effects of these decay-causing foods, make sure you book a dental cleaning with us so our staff can catch any problems before they become serious.

The Best Toothpaste For Better Dental Hygiene

Many patients have asked our dentist at Taylor General & Cosmetic Dentistry which toothpaste is the best at improving and maintaining their dental hygiene. After years of testing various toothpastes, Dr. Taylor has determined that the CariFree CTx4 Gel 1100 toothpaste is the best toothpaste for better dental hygiene.

Not All Toothpastes Deliver Equal Results

For those without a background in dental care, it can seem like all toothpastes are the same. While the various toothpastes perform the same function of cleaning the user’s teeth, some are definitely better than others. Some key things you should look for in a good toothpaste are:

  • Low-abrasion – While many people think an abrasive toothpaste is needed to clean the teeth properly, scouring your teeth with an abrasive agent can strip off some of the enamel of your teeth. A soft bristle toothbrush and low-abrasion toothpaste are important to keep from damaging the enamel of the teeth.
  • Fluoride – Teeth can greatly benefit from remineralization, as our nutrition and lifestyle can leech the minerals out of our teeth. To help strengthen your teeth, toothpaste with fluoride is important to add minerals back to your teeth.
  • Neutralizing agents – Many of the foods and drinks we like to consume on a daily basis contain acidic ingredients. The acid in these foods and drinks have a high ability to weaken and eventually damage teeth, so it is important to look for a toothpaste which neutralizes acid decay.

CTx4 Gel 1100 Toothpaste Offers Best Daily Dental Care

The CariFree CTx4 Gel 1100 toothpaste has all the above qualities and more, which is why Dr. Taylor likes to recommend this toothpaste after a dental cleaning. Some of the people who can best benefit from this toothpaste are people who:

  • Have dental decay
  • Are 3 years old and up
  • Struggle with halitosis (bad breath)
  • Have dental sensitivity
  • Are undergoing extensive dental treatments
  • Struggle with dry mouth
  • Prone to high bacterial loads

While this toothpaste has a higher price than other toothpaste options at $16 for a 2 fl oz tube, the CTx4 Gel 1100 toothpaste is highly effective, making the price more worthwhile.

If you are interested in consulting with our dentist on other dental-related matters, feel free to contact us today. Our dental office offers a wide range of services from dental cleanings to cosmetic dentistry, and we are ready to help you with all your dental needs.

Direct From The Dentist: Teeth and Tobacco Don’t Go Well Together

Anti-tobacco campaigns often focus on the overall effects of tobacco on the body, rather than just a person’s oral health. Yet, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t serious side effects on your oral health if you use tobacco.

Our dentist, Dr. Taylor, has treated many people at Taylor General & Cosmetic Dentistry who were suffering from the side effects of using tobacco and wanted to make it clear exactly why teeth and tobacco don’t go well together.

Tobacco’s Effects On Your Oral Health

There are many ways which tobacco can affect your oral health. Some of these ways are restricted to how you intake the tobacco, but many of the effects are universal, no matter how the tobacco is delivered.

  • Teeth discoloration – One of the most visible effects of using tobacco is the yellow staining on the teeth of tobacco users. When the enamel becomes deeply stained, it can be incredibly difficult to lighten and likely will require a dentist to whiten the teeth again.
  • Debris lodged in teeth – An issue particular to chewing tobacco, you can have tobacco leaves lodged in between your gums and teeth as well as between your teeth. This can cause more openings for bacteria to attack your teeth.
  • Heightens oral cancer risk – There are a number of harmful chemicals in tobacco, with 28 carcinogens (cancer-associated agents) in chewing tobacco alone. When these agents are burned in cigars and cigarettes, they combine dangerously with the 250 chemicals harmful chemicals to make tobacco smoke. All this greatly increase the chance of developing different oral and throat cancers.
  • Recessed gums – The nicotine in tobacco constricts the blood vessels in the gums, causing gum lines to recede. This can leave the roots of the teeth dangerously exposed to bacteria, causing the death of the tooth.
  • Slow healing post-dental work – Another side effect of the constricted blood vessels is that it takes longer to heal after dental work is done, as the blood vessels are too restricted to allow for quicker healing.

Vaping Nicotine Isn’t Any Better For Your Teeth

Some people who vape e-cigarettes, and other vaping methods, seem to believe that since the tobacco isn’t being burnt, the majority of the side effects are no longer an issue. However, vapes which have nicotine still can damage your oral health.

  • Can hide gum disease – The nicotine in tobacco will still cause your gums to recede and restrict the blood flow in your gums. This can hide important signs of gum disease.
  • Dry mouth – Vapor from the e-cigarette (or other vaping methods) can draw the moisture out of your mouth. By having a dry mouth, you can be more vulnerable to tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath).
  • Teeth grinding – If you vape juice with nicotine, the muscles in your jaws will be stimulated by the nicotine, causing you to grind your teeth.

Vaping devices have not been around long enough to see the long-term effects of vaping, so Dr. Taylor recommends you avoid vaping as well as any other tobacco usage.

If you want help resolving any effects tobacco has had on your oral health, contact us for an appointment with Dr. Taylor. He can help repair the many oral side effects of tobacco usage.

Direct From The Dentist: 10 Signs You’re Overdue For A Dental Visit

It’s simple to know the signs that you need a dental visit. Oral health is very important and should be a top priority to maintain. If not properly maintained, your dental health can be compromised and you could be at risk for serious and life-altering conditions. The health of your teeth affects your mood, hormone levels, overall health, and your outward appearance. Visiting Taylor Cosmetic Dentistry will help you look and feel your best. Here are a few signs to know if you should make an appointment today.

Bleeding Or Inflamed Gums Call For A Check-Up

Bleeding gums is never a good sign. In fact, bleeding gums are an important sign of gingivitis, which is more commonly known as gum disease. While gum disease is preventable by following a consistent dental health routine, it is important to seek advice and further care from your dentist to know if it has progressed to the point of needing more serious or consistent attention.

Your Dentist Can Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is very serious and can occur in anyone at any age, from infants to the elderly. Tooth Decay is when the enamel on your teeth begins to wear down and form what we know as a cavity. Tooth Decay needs to be treated immediately, or it can cause serious pain, infection, and eventual tooth loss. Visiting the dentist as soon as possible to take care of your cavities can prevent further pain and illness.

Your Sensitive Teeth Can Be Treated By A Dentist

If it hurts to bite into an apple or drink hot beverages, your problem might be more than just what you thought was naturally sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can be developed a number of ways. Some include brushing your teeth too hard, drinking or eating foods that are highly acidic, grinding your teeth in your sleep, or a weak filling. Your dentist will gauge what level your pain is, and what is the root cause.

Toothaches Mean Your Mouth Needs You To Listen

Sometimes what we think is just a random headache can actually be a toothache. Toothaches are caused by many things, such as a new tooth trying to break through the gum, a crack or fracture in the tooth, grinding your teeth, and even a sinus infection. Toothaches can be treated much more effectively by your dentist than at home. Immediately contact your dentist if the pain lasts for more than two days, you cannot breathe or swallow, or you develop a fever.

Swelling In Your Jaw Is A Strong Sign To Talk to Your Dentist

If your jaw begins swelling, this is not a good sign. In fact, it’s a terrible sign. Swelling in your jaw is a large symptom of what is called a tooth abscess, where bacteria builds and creates a space in the tooth filled with pus. Tooth abscesses can often be saved by a root canal, but sometimes must be pulled. Your dentist will make the decision between the root canal or pulling the tooth. You should schedule an appointment immediately after discovering the swelling.

A Strange Taste in Your Mouth Can Go South

Having a strange taste in your mouth is a sign that your dental hygiene is lacking. This taste could be from bitter to salty to metallic and could be a result of an impaired sense of taste. This can develop from illnesses like a cold or the flu, inflammation or other factors. Not being able to taste food the way you used to could be a life-altering situation, and would best be treated by your dentist.

Your Dentist Can Help With Bad Breath

Figuring out the cause of your frequent bad breath can be easy with the help of a dental professional. Maybe it is more than your love of onions or other smelly foods, or that you sometimes forget to brush in the morning. Having good brushing and flossing habits is essential to keep up oral health. Lacking in either department means less protection for your teeth, causing them to be prone to more infection. It also means food can become lodged between your teeth and therefore present a more pungent odor in your mouth. Visit your dentist to create a better oral hygiene plan and check for more serious causes.

Large or Long-lasting Canker Sores Can Be A Sign You Need Dental Help

Sometimes cankers come, and go just as quickly as they came. However, if you have a canker sore that has lasted more than two weeks or is abnormally large in size, it could be time for you to seek help from your dentist. They can take up to six weeks to heal and leave major scarring. If you are worried about the consistency and size of your cankers, seek further dental help.

Chipped or Damaged Teeth Need To Mend By a Skilled Hand

A chipped or damaged tooth could be the product of grinding your teeth in your sleep. This is a very common, yet serious condition that requires further care. If the problem continues it could cause permanent damage to your teeth. This can also increase your teeth sensitivity, wear down the enamel, or pain that feels similar to an earache. Consulting with your dentist about the severity of this problem will help prevent further damage to your teeth.

A Fever Could Be A Symptom of Dental Need

A suddenly developed fever could be a sign that your tooth is infected, or that you need dental work done. Having a fever out of the blue is usually something that can lead to a greater illness and needs to be treated by a dentist immediately. A fever can also be a sign that your previous dental work could have been done ineffectively. Call your dentist today to schedule an appointment.

Going to the dentist can be a positive experience, and is necessary to keep up your health. If any of these ten signs describe you, schedule an appointment with Taylor Cosmetic Dentistry today so you can keep that beautiful smile sparkling and healthy.

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