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Common Dental Problems

Sensitive and/or Painful Teeth

Sensitivity or pain can be triggered by a number of things, including hot and cold food or drinks, and also has a number of causes.

Sensitivity to cold can be caused by decay, receding gums, or by tooth brush abrasion wearing away your tooth’s hard protective coating of enamel. While special toothpastes or mouthwashes for sensitive teeth may help, you should also visit us as you may need a filling or treatment for gum disease.

Pain and/or sensitivity to hot and cold are usually a sign that your tooth is decayed, or that the nerve within it is irritated. You may need a filling or root canal treatment.

Pain on biting can have a number of causes. An existing filling may need adjusting, or you may have a cracked tooth which needs attention. Alternatively you may have an infection, which could need root canal treatment. Again we would suggest an early visit to the practice.

Sensitive and/or Painful Gums

Mouth ulcers are a common cause of sensitive or painful gums, and can usually be treated with an antiseptic mouthwash or special ulcer gel, both of which are available from chemists. Sometimes the problem can arise as a result of damage to the gum, causing a sore spot. This should heal within a few days and, again, can be treated with mouthwash or gel.

Where a poor fitting denture maybe the cause of the ulcer, it is important to seek treatment for this quickly.

Sometimes an abscess can cause painful gums, and you may need a course of antibiotics and possibly root canal treatment.

If you suffer from a sore spot or ulcer in the same place for more than a few days, it is wise to get it checked out by us.

Bleeding Gums

If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, or perhaps even for no apparent reason, then you may be suffering from gingivitis or gum disease. The symptoms include pain and possibly even the loosening of teeth. Visit our hygienist so she can give your teeth and gums a professional clean, and advise you on how best to care for your gums.

Broken Tooth

The treatment for a broken tooth varies according to the severity of the break and the condition of the part of the tooth that is left. Often it can be treated with a filling, porcelain onlay or a crown, although sometimes it may need more advanced treatment or even extraction.

Tooth Knocked Out

If your tooth has been knocked out, it is important to keep it moist until you can see us. Avoid scrubbing the root surface. A gentle rinse under a running tap willl clean any loose debris off but avoid touching the root. Place it back into the socket if possible, or keep it in the cheek of your mouth (but not in the case of young children or a severe facial injury), or in milk. Seek dental treatment as soon as possible, preferably within the hour. The quicker you see us, the more chance there is of saving your tooth.

Loose Tooth

Teeth can become loose as the result of accidental damage or advanced gum disease. Often we are able to apply a temporary splint to the tooth to hold it in place. Occasionally, particularly in the case of advanced gum disease, we may have to remove the tooth.