Reasons to Find a Dentist

Finding businesses and services is easier today than it’s ever been. Simply ask your tablet or smartphone what you’re looking for, and it will promptly respond with viable choices around you. What technology can’t tell you, however, is when you should look for something specific, like a dentist to help you conquer a unique problem. For instance, you might know to find a dentist as soon as possible if your tooth is knocked out or hurts so bad you can’t think. At our Southlake dentist’s office, Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron can also help you find out why your bad breath won’t go away, why your head hurts so often, or why you can’t stop snoring, among many other things.

Your Smile Needs Helps

Toothaches are probably the most widely-recognized symptom of dental trouble, but they aren’t the only warning signs that your mouth produces. Bleeding gums, for example, don’t usually hurt, but they’re a sign of advancing gum disease. If ignored, the disease can lead to sensitivity later as your gums separate from your teeth and expose their roots. Persistent bad breath can also be a problem, and might indicate an underlying dental or systemic disease. Visit Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron if you notice these or other signs that might not bode well for your oral health.

You Hurt, and Don’t Know Why

Got a headache that won’t go away, but whose reason you can’t seem to find? Migraines are chronic, severe headaches, usually accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound, that are often a symptom of a jaw dysfunction, called TMJ disorder. When your jaw’s joints (TMJs) are damaged, the pain can travel along your jaw’s nerve (the trigeminal nerve) to other areas of your head, neck, mouth, and face. Common symptoms also include trouble moving your jaw, difficulty or pain when biting and chewing, frequent earaches and ringing in the ears, and sore muscles in the jaw, neck, and face.

Your Snoring Has Become Cumbersome

Snoring isn’t always thought of as a dental problem, but the mechanisms behind it involve your oral tissues, and Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron have helped many patients quiet their snores to gain more restful sleep. If you sleep with a partner, then the noise and disruptions to your partner’s sleep can deprive them of rest, and cause tension in the relationship. Severe cases of snoring may be an indication of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)—a sleep disorder that causes you to periodically stop breathing in your sleep. Treating sleep apnea, typically with a custom-made sleepguard that prevents oral tissues from collapsing into your airway, can help reduce your risk for complications associated with chronic sleep and oxygen deprivation.

About Your Southlake General Dentists:

As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.