Does A Toothache Mean I Have a Cavity?

Toothache can be caused by a cavity but it may be due to other reasons. One simple thing to try is to gently floss around the affected tooth because sometimes a tooth can be pushed painfully out of place by impacted food. If your toothache persists then please see your dentist as soon as you can.

People may experience tooth sensitivity or pain when consuming something very hot or cold and your dentist will be able to suggest suitable solutions or treatments for reducing this sensitivity. Other times a tooth may develop tiny microfractures or cracks that will open when you bite down, allowing food or bacteria to enter the crack potentially causing dental pain and infection.

Persistent toothache is always a sign that something is wrong so please see your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner we can get rid of your pain and better the chances of saving the tooth.

Why Should You Get Dental Veneers?

Would you love a bright, beautiful and more youthful smile? Dental veneers can be a great solution, hiding teeth that are stained, chipped or crooked, or which have become worn over the years. Dental veneers are very thin shells of porcelain custom-made to fit precisely over your existing natural teeth. They can transform the appearance of your natural teeth in a way that is minimally invasive, giving you a naturally beautiful looking smile. Here are some reasons why you should get dental veneers.

  1. Improving your smile quickly. Dental veneers will improve your smile in as little as a couple of visits so that within just a few weeks, your teeth will look brighter and straighter.
  2. Tooth staining is no longer a problem. Natural teeth can stain, but the porcelain used to fabricate dental veneers is stain resistant. The porcelain is strong and durable, and your veneers should last for several years or longer with the proper care.
  3. Overcoming tooth discolouration. While tooth whitening is an effective treatment, it cannot eliminate deep internal or intrinsic tooth stains. These stains can occur because of antibiotic use, infection or trauma. Covering these teeth entirely with beautiful porcelain veneers overcomes the problem of intrinsic tooth stains.

Your Mouth is the Gateway to Your Health

Regularly seeing a dentist is about far more than maintaining healthy teeth, as your mouth is a gateway to your overall health. The connection between oral and general health is because of mouth bacteria that feed on leftover food, creating toxins and acids that infect and inflame your gums, eventually creating gum disease. Without proper dental care, gum disease can worsen, and eventually your gums will bleed frequently and begin to pull away from the teeth, creating deep gaps or pockets.

Mouth bacteria can enter the bloodstream through bleeding gums. When these bacteria enter your bloodstream, they can cause more inflammation in your body. We know this can make it harder to control diseases like diabetes, and advanced gum disease is also linked to many other health problems like cardiovascular disease, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis and respiratory diseases.

The good news is that gum disease is preventable with proper daily oral care combined with regular checkups and cleanings.  We can work with you to ensure you understand your oral health more fully, and the potential impact on overall health. With excellent preventative care, we can make sure you enjoy a healthier mouth and knowing you are protecting your overall health is enough to make anyone smile.