How do I know when it's time to see a dentist? Is it more like a toothache?
If a tooth is highly sensitive for more than three or four days and reacts to hot and cold temperatures, it's best to get a diagnostic evaluation from Dr. McBride to determine the extent of the problem. Before taking the situation into your own hands, an accurate diagnosis of tooth sensitivity is essential for effective treatment to eliminate pain. Because pain symptoms can be similar, some people might think that a tooth is sensitive, when instead they actually have a fracture, cavity or abscess that's not yet visible.
How do I describe my symptoms to the dentist?
Sensitivity may be defined as a short sharp pain, which is usually initiated by hot or cold foods or exposure to cold air. Aching often follows. Because sensitivity may mean different things to a patient and dental professional, be sure to clarify exactly what you feel when you discuss the condition with Dr. McBride. Be sure to tell him when the pain started and if there is anything, such as the application of a warm compress, that helps eliminate the pain.
Do some products work to help decrease sensitivity?
Toothpastes for sensitive teeth usually contain a desensitizing agent that protects the exposed dentin by blocking the tubes in the teeth that are connected to nerves. In most cases, these products must be used on a regular basis for at least a month before any therapeutic benefits may be noticed.
Through studying, teaching and practicing dentistry for over 35 years I have come to realize the amazing uniqueness of each person’s oral system. The teeth are just part of a complex network that includes the supporting structures (gum and bone), jaw joints (TMJs), surrounding muscles, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves. Ongoing research continues to show the relationship between one’s oral and general health and that each influences the other. Realizing these factors, my practice is based on my learning about you, your health goals, and then an oral examination and diagnosis. Secondly, having you learn what I’ve discovered in an understandable manner so that you will know your preventive and treatment options and the rationale behind them. This way we can work as partners from co-developed goals. The website was developed in order to express the uniqueness of this practice based on these realities, and to assist you, a potential patient, in discovering whether your health values resonate with those that are incorporated within the practice.