The teeth play an essential role in the digestive process. Unfortunately, your teeth are also the most exposed structure of the mouth, leaving them open to serious conditions that contribute to pain, infection and disease. Luckily, most problems with your teeth can be solved with a trip to your dentist.
Dental carries include common conditions like cavities and tooth decay, which left untreated contribute to severe infections and the loss of teeth. Fluoride treatments treat dental caries in their early stages by helping the affected teeth repair themselves. Fillings and crowns may be used to replace the decayed material of the tooth. In severe cases, a root canal or complete extraction of affected teeth may be necessary to prevent further issues.
Dental abscesses involve the collection of pus due to infection. The pus is typically filled with dead tissues and bacteria and is often associated with severe infections of the teeth and surrounding tissues. Treatment by the Franklin Dental Centre with emergency dentists in Fort McMurray includes either lancing the abscess to allow the pus to drain out, or drilling a hole into the tooth to allow the pus to drain if inside the tooth. Antibiotics often accompany treatment to fight infection and prevent it from spreading.
Impacted teeth are most commonly seen with wisdom teeth, and develop when there’s not enough room in the mouth for teeth to grow normally. Lack of space results in teeth that grow at an angle or stay trapped in the jawbone. Over time these teeth can become infected, resulting in serious pain, swelling, headaches and tenderness. In serious cases, cysts can form from infections, and in rare cases tumors may form.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
Teeth are prone to breaks or chips by actions ranging from biting on something hard to trauma to the face. Chipped or broken teeth cause serious pain, especially if the damage is affecting the nerve. Generally a dentist will try to fix a break or crack by using some form of filling. In a cracked tooth, a crown is often placed to prevent the crack from widening. If the tooth is infected or the nerve is exposed, a root canal may be needed to remove the exposed nerve. In the most serious cases, the entire tooth is removed.
While many of these teeth conditions start as seemingly harmless annoyances, each condition has the potential for serious side effects. As such, the first signs of pain or abnormality in your mouth should result in a trip to your dentist.