There is no point in having beautiful-looking teeth if they are becoming loose or quietly decaying. Spend your money on your dental health first, and you can have teeth for life.
A good bite
For example, the way your teeth bite together can affect not only your teeth, but also your jaw joint, your gums and even the muscles in your face. Misaligned teeth or jaws can lead to grinding your teeth at night, and jaw clenching. These can create facial pain, headaches, discomfort and clicking when biting or chewing, migraines as well as neck and shoulder pain, even back pain.
If you grind your teeth at night, your The Mall Stockport dentist will recommend investing in a mouthguard. You put this in at night and it will keep your muscles relaxed and to stop grinding wearing them down. We may also recommend teeth straightening treatment or oral surgery, replacing missing teeth or adjustments to ill-fitting bridgework.
More solutions to common problems
If you have advanced tooth decay or impacted wisdom teeth, we may recommend oral surgery or tooth extraction. If the thought of going through that makes you anxious, we can give you oral or intravenous sedation.
If the pulp in your tooth has become infected, you may need to have root canal treatment to prevent the infection from spreading, which can lead to a painful abscess. Without root canal treatment, we may have to later take the tooth out.
However, we like to avoid all such problems if we can, which is why we highly recommend a twice-yearly check-up. This allows us to keep an eye on your teeth and use x-rays to detect problems way before they reach crisis point. X-rays allow us to check under the enamel for infections in the root and any bone loss around the tooth. X-rays also help us see between the teeth and under the edge of fillings.