If you are doing everything right, you shouldn’t have to visit your dentist more than the twice-yearly cleanings you schedule for regular dental maintenance. The truth, though, is that many people experience all sorts of dental issues that require more timely attention, and here at the office of Dr. Robert M. Walley, we want to make sure our patients are able to identify some of the most common problems that could suggest a trip to the dentist is necessary soon.

 

The following are five of the most common dental issues that would suggest it’s time for you to visit your dentist:

 

#1 Toothaches

 

The most common same-day appointments we see here at Dr. Walley’s office happen because of toothaches, which can be truly excruciating under the right circumstances. Constant tooth pain is not a good thing, and it can make eating and even sleeping nearly impossible. Ideally, patients would visit the dentist when the pain starts so they can nip the problem in the bud. Waiting until the pain is unbearable can lead to bigger problems.

 

#2 Irritated or Bleeding Gums

 

Sometimes it isn’t the teeth at all causing the problem, but rather the gums. If your gums are bleeding every time you brush or floss, that could be an early sign that you are developing gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can affect not only your gums but the teeth themselves, so visiting a dentist when this occurs is a great way to stop the problem before it gets too bad.

 

#3 Loose or Shifting Teeth

 

Small children are supposed to have loose teeth. Adults are not, so if you notice that you’ve got loosening teeth or widening gaps between teeth, it will be important for you to get into the dentist’s office soon. Loose teeth can fall out completely if left untreated, so don’t wait to see if it gets better on its own; go see your dentist.

 

#4 Bumps and Sores

 

While canker sores are fairly common and will heal on their own in a week or two, other oral lesions will not heal on their own and could actually turn into oral infections that can do a lot of damage. If you find white sores in your mouth, whether that be on your tongue, your inner cheek, your tonsils, or the roof of your mouth, it’s imperative that you see your dentist right away.

 

#5 Jaw Pain

 

While there are many things that could cause jaw pain, constant pain in your jaw could indicate that you’re grinding your teeth in your sleep. It also could mean that a cavity is causing pain in the jaw, and if that’s the case, the untreated cavity could lead to a nasty abscessed tooth.

 

Connect With an Experienced San Francisco Dentist

If you have any questions about a possible dental issue, feel free to give us a call. If the issue is not severe, we’ll get you on the schedule for a time that works best for you, but we also offer same-day dental care for those with dental emergencies. Whatever the need may be, don’t hesitate to visit your dentist if you think something is wrong, including any of the aforementioned dental concerns.

 

15Jun

How to Battle Dental Anxiety

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It’s no secret that a lot of people are afraid of the dentist, though the reasons for that anxiety are varied and certainly understandable. Despite the fears that come attached to the dentist’s office, Dr. Robert M. Walley does everything he can to make patients comfortable, and truth be told, thanks to many modern dental advancements, there really is nothing to be afraid of in the first place.

What Causes Dental Anxiety?

 

One person’s reason for avoiding the dentist may be entirely different than another person’s reason, but we have found that many patients are most concerned about the pain associated with a dental visit. Setting aside the fact that routine cleanings are not painful at all, a fear of needles and the drill during fillings is what keeps many people away.

 

All we can say to that is our staff works hard to keep patients calm and to administer dental care as painlessly as possible. A numbing shot occurs quickly, and from there the patient won’t feel a thing whether the drill is involved or not. The pain is minimal, and our staff is trained to make patients as comfortable as they can be throughout the process.

 

Another big concern is a fear of being judged for poor dental health, but correcting issues like missing teeth, bleeding gums, and crooked smiles are the exact reasons that Dr. Walley and his staff got into the dental business in the first place. Our office is free from judgement; all we want to do is help improve your smile so you no longer are embarrassed about the way it looks.

How to Combat Dental Anxiety

 

There are a handful of things that patients can do to relieve some of their dental anxiety ahead of an appointment, including:

 

  1. Bring someone with you for emotional support. As with anything that you’re afraid of, having someone by your side is a great way to stay calm.
  2. Choose the right dentist. Not every San Francisco dentist is as patient and soothing as Dr. Walley, so finding someone that understands your anxieties and helps manage them is important.
  3. Have an honest conversation about the procedure beforehand. Your dentist should be able to tell you what will happen through every step of the process of a filling or any other dental procedure. Knowing what’s coming can help you prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for it.
  4. Sedation helps. We don’t always use sedation for every procedure, but if you think it may help, don’t be shy about asking for some options along those lines.
  5. Understand your fear. If your fear of the dentist (or anything else, for that matter) is so crippling that you can’t function, consider seeking professional help to get to the root of the issue and start moving toward overcoming your anxiety.

Schedule an Appointment

 

If you ever have any questions about a procedure or would like to set up a consultation with Dr. Walley, give us a call aso we can help you correct your smile, clean your teeth, and get you on your way toward overcoming the dental anxiety holding you back from both.

 

15May

When it comes to visiting your San Francisco dentist, there are the routine reasons, which include things like dental cleanings every six months and perhaps the occasional filling or crown, but there are also cosmetic reasons to visit a dentist like Dr. Robert M. Walley. The first time anyone comes into contact with you, they are almost certain to notice your smile, but if your smile is lacking in any way, cosmetic dentistry exists to help it sparkle like it should.

If you feel like you're in need of a smile makeover, Dr. Walley can provide you with any of the following four options to help correct whatever problems you may feel like you have.

#1 Teeth Whitening

There are a number of reasons that teeth can become stained, ranging from the consumption of stain-causing beverages like coffee and cola, to a lifetime of smoking, to less common things like medication side effects. Whatever the reason, discolored teeth aren’t something you have to live with, as there are safe, painless whitening procedures that can remove staining and make every tooth gleam and glisten exactly like it’s supposed to.

#2 Invisalign

Literally millions of people in the United States have invested in orthodontic care at some point in their lives because they didn’t want to live with teeth that either could not comfortably chew or that looked so crooked as to lose some of their aesthetic appeal. Invisalign is a fast, low-maintenance way to correct some of those issues, and it doesn’t fill your mouth with metal like typical braces do.

#3 Veneers

Built from porcelain or composite resin, dental veneers are basically thin shells bonded to the front of teeth to change their shape, length, size, or color. It is easy to understand why these would be desirable to certain patients with chipped, damaged, discolored, or oddly-sized teeth, and the good news is that they aren’t an invasive procedure. They can be done in just one or two visits and don’t require any special care once they have been put into place.

#4 Dental Implants

In rare cases, patients require complete dental reconstruction. This occurs when patients have seriously damaged teeth or even teeth that have fallen out completely, leaving gaps in their smile. When this happens, it can be easy to feel a lack of self-confidence in the way your smile presents itself, but thanks to dental implants, which look and feel exactly like real teeth, there is no gap or damage that Dr. Walley can’t fix. If you want your smile back to normal, sometimes full smile construction and dental implants are the answer you’ve been looking for.

Your Local San Francisco Cosmetic Dentist

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, never hesitate to reach out to your friendly neighborhood cosmetic dentist so we can start making plans for getting your smile back in order. Teeth can and should be beautiful, so if you’d like to talk about how Dr. Walley can make that happen more easily for you, there’s no time like the present to get that going.

 

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