“Should I go to the dentist if…?” We have the answers.
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“Should I go to the dentist if…?” We have the answers.

Last month, we revealed the questions you have before seeing the dentist. Now we are back with more answers to help patients at Midlothian Dental Center! Let’s ease any hesitation you might have about your next dental appointment by with answers to these frequently asked/searched questions. 

Should I go to the dentist with a cold, sore throat, or cough? 

Having a cold is the worst, but believe it or not, it does not have to prevent you from getting your teeth cleaned. As your dentist, we can tell you we are not typically concerned about the symptoms of a common cold. We just want to make sure that you are actually feeling up to a trip to the dentist. 

The first few days of a cold are when you are the most contagious, especially if you have a fever or a cold sore. With that being said, it is best to see how you are feeling close to your appointment and give us a call so we can decide what’s best for you. It never hurts to check in and see if you should come in that day or reschedule. 

Don’t forget to continue to brush those teeth even when you have a cold. Drinking lots of water, brushing regularly, and avoiding sugary cough drops/sports drinks are all good ways to take care of your teeth while you are in recovery. 

Should I go to the dentist for wisdom tooth pain? 

What is that pain in the back of your mouth you ask? Could it be another molar? Indeed, it can! Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that usually come in between the ages of 17-25. For some lucky people, the arrival of their wisdom teeth causes no major issues. They come into place and line up perfectly with the existing teeth. 

For everyone else, it is important to keep an eye on these molars as they start to emerge.  If there is not enough room for the new teeth to grow, they can become impacted leading to tooth decay or grow in at an angle, damaging other teeth. Many dentists remove wisdom teeth earlier as a precaution since they can cause later damage. 

It is important to consult your dentist and monitor wisdom teeth as they come in, especially if you are experiencing pain. Wisdom teeth can even have an effect on your sinuses so it is important for you to come in so we can keep an eye on them. 

Should I go to the dentist for TMJ? 

First off, let’s start with what TMJ actually is, so we can figure out the areas of concern. The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is what connects your jaw to your skull. A TMJ disorder, or TMD, is when you are having pain in that joint. This pain could be caused by grinding your teeth, an injury, or even arthritis. Symptoms for TMJ disorders include pain near your ear, the locking up of the jaw, or difficulty when chewing. 

TMD can just be temporary. It could be a result of stress or a jaw injury.  If the pain is persistent or you are having trouble opening/closing your jaw, it’s time to see the dentist..

We are here to help devise a plan to treat your symptoms. Treatment can include cold compresses, pain relievers, jaw exercises or mouth guards. When you come in for a routine cleaning, we always check your jaw bone and your bite, but make sure to always let us know if you are having any pain or other concerns. 

Hopefully we have saved you time on your next search. We know that visits to the dentist can cause new questions to arise. Keep in mind that we don’t think any question is off-limits – we’re here to help!

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