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.

 

When dental damage rears its ugly head, our San Francisco dentists are here to help you defeat it for good. Advancements in the world of restorative and cosmetic dentistry have vastly improved the treatment experience for the patient. Today, we’re going to be reviewing some of the treatments and technologies we offer to optimize smiles!

Dental Bonding: one of the easiest ways to repair and improve your smile is by using dental bonding. Our dental team will apply custom-shaded resin to your tooth, shape it, and then cure it so that it hardens and bonds with the dental structure. The entire dental bonding process takes just one appointment.

CEREC Crowns: if your tooth has been damaged due to infection or injury, a dental crown will restore the missing piece, and allow your tooth to function normally again. Our dental team provides CEREC restorations, which are actually milled right here in our office. With CEREC technology, you don’t have to schedule multiple appointments or worry about wearing a temporary crown.

Root Canal: root canals have gotten a bite of a bad rap among dental patients, but the truth is that this treatment isn’t nearly as scary as it seems, and it can actually save your tooth! During root canal therapy our dentist goes into the core of the tooth and clears away all damaged and living material. We’re then able to fill the tooth and cap it with a restoration! When a tooth is infected or damaged down to the core, root canal treatment can be indispensable.

As you can see, you have options when faced with dental damage or trauma. If you have questions, or you want to learn more, you can always contact our San Francisco restorative dentists by phone. Or, use the Contact Us page on our site to reach out!

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.

 

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