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When Symptoms Lead to Oral Health Conditions

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Taking Care of Your Oral Health

Have you ever had a cavity that you knew needed to be filled, but you just kept procrastinating until it really started to hurt? When an oral ailment is left untreated, it can cause further problems that may be unknown to you. The mouth harbors an abundance of bacteria that make it very possible to put your oral health in a dire situation if you don’t practice proper oral hygiene or avoid making an appointment to visit your dentist for a regular checkup or dental cleaning.

Untreated Cavities Leading to Root Canals

If a patient leaves a cavity untreated, the tooth decay can erode through the enamel, through the dentin, and eventually will compromise the very core of the tooth, known as the pulp. The pulp is composed of several nerve endings and tissues that can feel highly sensitive to extreme temperatures, certain foods and drinks. Even brushing the cavity and around the cavity can feel painful. In these situations where the tooth has been thoroughly affected and compromised by tooth decay, we may recommend a root canal to remove the affected pulp so the pain and sensitivity can be eliminated entirely. Once that is completed, we will rebuild the tooth to a point where it can be restored with a crown (also known as a cap). The crown is color matched to blend in with the rest of your teeth so nobody can tell the difference between your real teeth and your crown. If the patient had visited their dentist in the earlier stages of the cavity, it’s possible we could have easily removed the decayed area and filled the cavity with a tooth-colored filling material instead of requiring a root canal.

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The Effects of Tooth Loss

Tooth loss is another oral ailment that could be easily prevented if the proper steps are taken. For example, if a patient does not maintain good oral hygiene, sticky plaque can build up and stay stuck to the enamel, thus producing more tooth decay. The tooth decay then permeates the tooth and kills the pulp in the center. If a root canal has not been performed, the tooth will eventually fall out, leaving an empty gap. Without tooth stimulation, the jawbone beneath the gums will eventually deteriorate. As a patient loses multiple teeth, their bite collapses, leaving the face to look sunken in and prematurely aged beyond its years. In some cases, people receive dentures or dental bridges, in other cases they may choose to take have dental implants placed because of their permanency. In order to prevent tooth loss from occurring, one must maintain good oral hygiene and seek professional care on a regular basis.

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Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

Unfortunately, some people develop gingivitis as a result from plaque and tartar sticking to teeth. The longer plaque and tartar stay on the teeth, the more harmful they become, causing inflammation of the gums which is what we know to be gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease that can easily be reversed with a dental cleaning by a dental professional along with daily flossing and brushing. When gingivitis hasn’t been treated, it can escalate to periodontal disease, a more severe form of gum disease.

Periodontitis is when the gums start to pull away from the tooth and form tiny spaces (also called “pockets”) that become infected and inflamed causing erosion of the bone and connective tissue that holds teeth in place, causing the teeth to come loose and even fall out. By undergoing professional periodontal treatment along with diligent oral hygiene at home, gum disease can be controlled and you can keep your natural teeth.

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