It can be all too easy to put our head in the sand, where pain is relatively minor.
It is a fact that most people don’t enjoy having to visit their dentist. Even at the Lighthouse Dental Practice, where our staff are friendly and welcoming to patients, we can still sometimes sense the trepidation as a patient sits in the chair. This is understandable of course; and even some of our own dental team are not exempt from this anxiety.
It is probably no surprise therefore, to know that, even amongst patients who keep their regular check up appointments, there can be a reluctance to contact the dentist when they suspect that something may not be as it should, especially where the discomfort is relatively minor.
The type of symptom that we are talking about is not the raging pain that can come with a root canal infection and which is likely to see even the most nervous patient reach for the phone to book an emergency appointment at our Ipswich practice. Not all pain is this severe and sometimes we may notice, for example, a little extra sensitivity in a tooth or a slightly sore or inflamed gum. This type of discomfort can be easy to live with, and there is a strong temptation to wait until the next check up to have it looked at.
If the discomfort occurs on a one off occasion, it may have been caused by an external problem; perhaps the gum has been scratched for example. If the discomfort persists though, it is very likely that you are experiencing the early signs of a problem that will become worse if ignored.
Get it checked