Dental Comfort & What it Means to a Patient
We all use our mouth and teeth everyday – for the most part without thinking about them other than remembering to brush and floss. But when our mouth doesn’t feel right – it can cause us discomfort in so many ways…..hunger because we can’t chew food properly – headaches because our jaws are sore – not wanting to talk with others because our face just aches. This is what Dr. Cummings refers to as “patient dental discomfort” and a large part of his patients come to see him because their mouth has experienced some form of ‘discomfort’ with no treatment success with other dentists.
Dr. Cummings breaks down ‘patient dental comfort’ into several questions and discussion points with all patients during their initial exam.
Do you experience……
Q: Are your teeth sensitive with chewing foods or drinking liquids?
A: No patient should experience a sensitivity when chewing or drinking, if you do there is some reason that should be addressed with your dentist. Why? Because not only is it uncomfortable, but this lack of function can directly affect your overall well-being and getting the proper nutrition we all need daily.
Q: Do your gums bleed or are red and irritated?
A: If your gums bleed or are frequently irritated - this is a sign of some sort of inflammation or perhaps periodontal issues. Treatment can be as easy as an additional cleaning, or adding a mouthwash to your routine – but this should be looked at by a dental professional.
Q: Is your upper jaw sore or uncomfortable?
A: This can be a sign that your dental bite should be looked at or perhaps a night guard should be used for grinding or clenching. If untreated, patients can experience uneven tooth wear.
Q: Does you second guess smiling at others because of how your teeth look?
A: Sometimes it isn’t our dental function that makes us uncomfortable, but how our smile looks. This is an important part of Dr. Cummings, your Waltham implant dentist's, ‘smile makeover’- Teeth that feel physically good and patients are proud to show off daily to friends and family!
People who are scared to smile are not comfortable, whether it is from how their teeth look to how their mouth feels. Smiling is indicative of an individual’s comfort and Dr. Cummings and his team often change a patient’s life by instilling confidence in how a smile looks and feels!
No patient should ever feel uncomfortable about their smile!