Archive for May, 2018

Types of Mouth Pain and Their Causes

Your mouth takes a lot of abuse every day, so it’s not surprising that it is vulnerable to pain. If you’re experiencing mouth pain, often it will go away on its own quickly. However, persistent mouth pain should be evaluated by your dentist to determine if you have an oral health condition that needs to be treated. Take a closer look at some of the common causes of mouth pain here.

Tooth Sensitivity
If you notice your pain flares up when you have hot or cold beverages or when you take a deep breath on a cold day, then tooth sensitivity could be to blame. Tooth sensitivity usually occurs when the enamel breaks down on the surfaces of the teeth, exposing the nerves and cells that are stimulated by temperature extremes and sugary foods. Sometimes, tooth decay and old fillings can cause tooth sensitivity as well, so see your dentist to find out the exact cause.

Stomatitis
If you have inflammation and soreness in your mouth, your dentist may diagnose you with stomatitis. Stomatitis is a general term that refers to inflammation in your mouth and can refer to things like canker sores, cold sores, and inflammation from gum disease. Some forms of autoimmune diseases can also cause stomatitis, as can irritation from braces, chewing tobacco, and some medications. The treatment for stomatitis depends on the cause and may involve your dentist as well as other healthcare providers.

Abscess
A tooth abscess is an infected, pus-filled pocket that occurs in a tooth or on the gums next to a tooth root. Tooth abscesses can be extremely painful and may also cause a fever. If you think you have an abscess, see your doctor as soon as possible, as they can cause systemic infections if left untreated.

If you’re suffering from mouth pain, John Carson, DDS can help. Get the treatment you need to get relief from your pain for good by making an appointment with our dentist in Tucson. Schedule your visit by calling (520) 514-7203.

What Can You Expect If You Haven’t Seen a Dentist in a Long Time?

If it has been a long time since your last dentist appointment, the thought of getting back into the chair can be a little overwhelming. The good news is that you’re not alone. Patients return to the dentist every day after having stayed away for extended periods, so your dentist won’t be shocked or waiting to scold you. Here is what you can expect when you take the first step to getting back on track with your oral health and make an appointment with the dentist.

Radiographs
If you haven’t seen the dentist for an extended period of time, there is a good chance that radiographs may be needed to properly assess your oral health. Radiographs let your dentist see what is happening inside your teeth and along the bones in your jaw, so that he or she can spot signs of oral health problems. Radiographs  are helpful in diagnosing cavities, periodontal disease, pathology
, and other issues that need to be treated to preserve your long-term oral health.

Exam
Your dentist will perform a comprehensive oral exam to look for tooth decay, gum disease, signs of oral cancer, and other potential risks to your health. He or she may recommend treatments, such as fillings or root canals, as needed. This is a good time to ask your dentist questions about what you should be doing to improve your oral health.

Teeth Cleaning
Getting your teeth and gums clean will typically be the first major focus after your initial examination. If you haven’t had a dental cleaning in a long time, there is a good chance that you will have tartar built up on your teeth and/or under your gums. Tartar can only be removed in your dentist’s office with special instruments.  Your dentist or hygienist will ensure you are comfortable through the tartar removal process, and take any steps necessary to insure and comfortable visit.

At the office of John Carson, DDS, we’re committed to helping patients feel comfortable, whether they’re regulars in the office or have been staying away from the dentist in recent years. Make your appointment with a Tucson dentist by calling (520) 514-7203.

 

Comparing CPAP and Oral Appliance Therapies

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that not only robs you of the restorative sleep you need but that also can lead to a wide range of health problems. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, talk to your dentist about treatment options. He or she may recommend CPAP treatment or oral appliance therapy to help you get the rest you need. Here is a closer look at how these two sleep apnea treatment options compare.

CPAP Therapy
Continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, therapy involves the use of a machine and mask system that uses forced air to keep your airway open. If successful, you won’t wake multiple times during the night with apnea episodes. Although CPAP therapy is almost always effective, some people don’t like the feeling of sleeping with a mask and/or the feeling of the forced air.

Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliances are placed in the mouth and gently keep your lower jaw from falling back or sometimes gently push the lower jaw forward to help keep your airway open. Your dentist will create a customized oral appliance for you so that it fits comfortably in your mouth. You will wear the appliance over the teeth anytime you sleep.

Choosing a Treatment
Both CPAPs and oral appliances have pros and cons. Generally speaking CPAP therapy is effective for even the most severe cases of sleep apnea, but some people find them uncomfortable and experience sore throats and nasal dryness after using them. Oral appliances while often more comfortable and requiring less of an adjustment period are sometimes not as effective as CPAP.  Often it can be beneficial to use both a mouthpiece and CPAP together since if the mouthpiece is not fully effective by itself it can make the use of a CPAP much more comfortable.

John Carson, DDS has extensive training that allows him to partner with your Physician to help find the best solution for you. To make an appointment with our dentist in Tucson, please call (520) 514-7203.

What’s It Like to Sleep with a Mouthguard?

There are multiple reasons your dentist may recommend that you wear a mouthguard when you sleep, from preventing you from grinding your teeth to managing sleep apnea. Although mouthguards can be extremely beneficial, the first few times you wear them can require an adjustment. Here is what to expect.

Some people may not feel the mouthguard.
Keep in mind that your dentist will design a customized mouthguard to fit your mouth precisely. For this reason, some people are able to wear the mouthguard without noticing it and will be able to sleep without any disruption. In fact, many people find that they sleep better immediately, since they aren’t waking up grinding their teeth throughout the night.

It may feel tight.
Your mouthguard will likely feel tight when you put it on, this is typically normal. The snugness means that it fits your teeth well and won’t become dislodged. Running your mouthguard under warm, not hot, water before you put it in can make it more comfortable, and most people adjust to the fit after a few nights. However, if the mouthguard is causing pain, see your dentist.

A mouthguard doesn’t have to interfere with your sleep. John Carson, DDS can design a custom-fitted mouthguard that fits comfortably so you can rest easy. Call (520) 514-7203 to make an appointment with a dentist in Tucson.