Four Common Dentistry Questions

Common Dental QuestionsJust like any other industry, there are some questions that just get answered over and over again.

Dentistry is no different. In fact, there may be more in the dental field because it is something people tend to avoid and put off.

In this article we’ll address four of the most common dental questions that we get on a day to day basis!

Signs of Tooth Decay And What to Do About It. 

Cavities are a term used to describe permanently damaged sections on the surface of teeth. The cavities may lead to tiny openings or holes on the tooth. Once this happens an untreated cavity will lead to severe tooth damage or even loss of that tooth.

The symptoms and signs of tooth decay or cavities vary, based on their location and extent. At the early stages of tooth decay, symptoms may not be experienced at all. As the decay builds up, the following symptoms start to manifest:

  • Persistent toothache and spontaneous pain on the tooth without any clear cause.
  • Mild sharp pain when drinking or eating sweet, cold or hot foods.
  • Pain when biting foods.
  • Black, white or brown stains on the surface of the tooth.
  • Visible pits or holes in your teeth.
  • Tooth sensitivity.

Hopefully, you are coming in routinely for dental checkups and these issues can be found and fixed before these symptoms develop.

If not, then read on because the next section of our article deals with another common question: repairing damaged teeth!

What are the options for repairing a cracked, chipped or broken tooth?

Treating a cracked, chipped or broken tooth depends on the severity of the damage. If the damage only involves the breaking off of a small portion of the enamel, the repair is simple and can be done in a single visit to the dentist.

Repair of a badly broken tooth may involve lengthy and costly procedures. The good news is there have never been more options available for repair of a broken tooth or badly damaged tooth.

The first option is bonding or dental filling. This option is commonly used where only a small portion of the tooth enamel has been damaged. When repairing front teeth or those that can be seen when smiling, bonding is normally used.

Bonding involves the use of a composite resin that is tooth-colored, This resin is formed and shaped to match the original tooth, and those around it. Bonding a tooth is a fairly simple procedure that should not take more than a single visit.

A dental filling is almost exactly what it sounds like. A filling is used to keep a cavity from getting any worse and give the tooth a solid surface again. This is the first line of defense for all tooth issues and is something that a normal dental checkup can address.

The second option for repairing a broken tooth is a dental crown or cap. This is common in cases where the tooth is decayed to a great extent or where the tooth breaks off.

To place a crown on your existing tooth involves grinding or filing away the remaining part of the tooth and covering it with a tooth-shaped cap or crown. This is meant for the protection of the tooth and improving its appearance. Often a dentist crown a filling to create a solid tooth again.

Lastly, dentists make use of dental veneers to repair a broken tooth. This is similar to bonding, except with a dental veneer a thin sheet of porcelain is laid over the damaged tooth.

This slim shell of resin or porcelain composite material covers the entire front of the broken tooth to essentially hide the damage. If you have a cavity or any serious damage to the tooth a veneer may not be enough to fix the damage.

Sometimes, damage to a tooth is too extreme and non of these methods will work properly. In those instances the dentist has a different set of options. These include bridges, implants, and dentures.

What are the Signs of Oral Cancer

Oral or mouth cancer is cancer that affects any part of the oral cavity. It may occur on the tongue, the lips, gums, roof and floor of the mouth, or even on the cheeks’ inner lining. The symptoms and signs of oral cancer include loose teeth; a mouth or lip sore that does not heal; lump or growth inside the mouth; mouth pain; and pain or difficulty in swallowing.

If you have any of these conditions we urge you to come see use immediately. These cancers are often not fatal if found and treated early on.

What is a Tooth Pocket?

A tooth pocket is a condition that occurs when a person suffers from a periodontal disease that destroys the teeth’s supporting tissues and bones leading to the formation of pockets around the teeth.

The disease eats into the gums and bones that fit comfortably around the teeth. The pockets may become deeper over time providing a bigger space for bacteria to infect the area. Once these pockets form it becomes much easier to get infections, cavities, and weakness or lost teeth.

Other Dental Questions?

While these are some of the more common questions we run across on a daily basis, it is by no means an exhaustive list!

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