5 Signs It's Time to See a Dentist

Desert Ridge Smiles provides comprehensive dental care for the whole family. Dr. Radhika Rawal takes pride in helping you keep your smiles healthy and beautiful! Read about the top warning signs that you should see a dentist and come see us in Phoenix, AZ, if experiencing these symptoms.

Tooth pain

Tooth pain is a sign you have decay in a tooth, which can often be corrected by getting a small filling. Some patients put off going to the dentist because they associate it with pain, but the procedure for getting a filling is routine and the dentist doesn't start working until you are numb. Delaying treatment for tooth pain is dangerous because decay will only worsen, leading to more dental work like a root canal or even a tooth replacement.

Tooth sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is another sign of tooth decay. If you notice your tooth reacting to very hot or cold temperatures when eating and drinking, make an appointment to see us in Phoenix, AZ.

Your gums are bleeding

Gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss are a sign of gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease leads to loose teeth and even tooth loss. You can also develop gum disease without having obvious symptoms so it's best to be examined by your dentist twice a year. If you do have gum disease, there is treatment available so make an appointment as soon as you notice your gums bleeding.

Jaw pain

If you have pain in your jaw, you could be one of the millions of Americans suffering from TMJ disorder. This is fairly common, but you don't have to live with the pain. Your dentist can recommend stretches for your jaw and other treatment methods for TMJ.

You have cosmetic concerns

We see many patients who have been living with a smile that makes them unhappy for years. Our cosmetic services can correct the shade of your smile, the shape of your teeth, or even completely redesign your smile. If you are living with a flaw in your smile, talk to your dentist about the cosmetic treatment options that could give you the smile you've always wanted!

At Desert Ridge Smiles in Phoenix, AZ, we encourage our patients to visit twice a year for cleanings and keep up a great oral hygiene routine at home. To make an appointment with Dr. Radhika Rawal, call (480) 860-4300.


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