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Learn More About The Five Most Common Dental Issues
Having a Dental Issue?
At Gavrila Dental, our Chino dental team hears a lot of people asking about the same things. Sometimes people have a sudden toothache, broken tooth, or are questioning why their gums are swollen. Below, we have outlined some of the more common dental problems in an effort to answer some of your more pressing dental questions.
What is causing my toothache?
Occasional pains or aches in teeth are common. Sometimes they are caused by infection or a cavity, other times they are caused by gum disease or inflammation, and sometimes toothaches are caused by TMJ or bite problems or even a sinus infection. If your toothache does not go away on its own after a few days, call Dr. Margareta Gavrila or Dr. Alex Gavrila to find out why.
If your pain is accompanied by a high fever, chest pain, or difficulty swallowing or breathing, it’s time to seek emergency help.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems throughout the country. In fact, over 80% of all adults in the U.S. are affected by a form of periodontal (gum) disease. It is the leading cause of tooth loss and has been connected with serious health conditions, including heart disease and strokes. People with gum disease may not know they have it at all and won’t discover it until there next oral exam. However, others may know they are experiencing periodontal disease because of their swollen or bleeding gums, or painful tooth brushing sessions.
Gum disease treatments by our Chino Periodontist address the damage that has been done to the smile and focuses on developing healthier gums and teeth through professional cleanings, scaling, and root planning. Advanced gum disease may require more extensive therapy, but due to significant technological developments, gum disease treatment can be minimally intrusive and if caught early enough, it doesn’t have to mean you’ll lose your teeth.
What are the symptoms of oral cancer?
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, oral cancer is “the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category.” Symptoms of oral cancer include:
• A sore in the mouth or throat that doesn’t go away
• A lump in the soft tissue of the mouth or throat
• A sore throat or a persistent feeling that something is caught in your throat
• Trouble chewing or swallowing
• Chronic ear pain
• Unexplained hoarseness
• A numb feeling of the tongue or elsewhere in the mouth or throat
• Ill-fitting dentures due to a swollen jaw
If you have any of these signs of oral cancer, it would be best to make a medical or dental appointment right away. However, if you aren’t feeling any of these symptoms, it is always a good practice to ask our dentists for an oral cancer screening at your regular dental check-up. With screenings and increased awareness among dental and medical practitioners, early stage diagnosis yields an 80%-90% survival rate. This is just another example of why it’s important to see your Chino dentists, Dr. Margareta Gavrila and Dr. Alexander Gavrila regularly!
Canker sores vs Cold sores
Canker sores are a pale or yellow ulcer and are not contagious. They appear to be more closely related to compromised immune systems, stress, or hormones. They can be found on the bottom of the mouth, the inner cheeks, gums, lips, and tongue
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are highly contagious. They also can appear anywhere in or around the mouth.
If you have an oral sore and are unsure why visit our Chino dental office for a quick exam. Drs. M. Gavrila or A. Gavrila can identify the sore and prescribe applicable treatment.
Is a broken tooth a dental emergency?
Damage to our teeth can happen in an instant – a dental trauma, a kernel of popcorn, or simple teeth grinding can cause our teeth some serious harm. Call your Chino dentist right away if you are in a lot of pain or if you completely knocked out your permanent tooth. If that is the case, try to put the tooth back in your mouth without handling it too much. If placing the tooth back in your mouth is not a viable option, put your avulsed tooth in some milk and try to see your dentist within a half hour. If you broke or cracked a tooth, and are not in serious pain, call your dentist on the next business day to make an appointment. Waiting too long will increase the likelihood of more erosion and decay.
More questions or ready to make a dental appointment?
Our Chino dental team welcomes any of your dental questions. If you live or work in the Chino area and have any dental issues or concerns, please contact our dentists for a consultation today or request your next appointment online!