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What is tooth decay?
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in dental plaque damages the enamel of your teeth, leaving a hole or cavity. Any part of a tooth can decay, from the roots below the gum line to the chewing surface. If plaque bacteria reach and damage the pulp, the tooth will likely die, because the pulp contains nerves and blood vessels that supply the tooth. Tooth decay can occur due to a number of issues, including poor brushing and flossing habits, diets rich in sugar, the presence of risk factors such as smoking and lack of fluoride in the water supply.
How often should xrays be taken?
Everyone is different, but here at Dorosh Dental we recommend at least once a year.
What can I do about bad breath?
Although it might be a symptom of some other disorder, bad breath most often stems from tooth decay or gum disease. The bacteria responsible for both of these are the same bacteria giving off a foul odor. Patients with bad breath need a complete dental evaluation. If gum disease and/or dental decay are diagnosed, it can be treated.
What is periodontal disease?
It is a bacterial infection in the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It can be divided into several categories. The first stage is called “gingivitis” and is characterized by gum tissue that is red, puffy, and bleeds easily when touched with a toothbrush, floss or dental instrument. The more advanced stages are different from gingivitis because the infection has destroyed the bone supporting the teeth, causing eventual tooth loss. The treatment is also more involved at these stages, usually consisting of a special cleaning with anesthesia and sometimes gum surgery. Periodontal disease can go on for years without pain and without detection. Early detection and treatment is critical to prevent tooth loss and disfigurement.
Why should I replace old silver mercury fillings?
Until recently, dentists used a silver and mercury amalgam to fill and seal cavities. Because a larger amount of the original tooth must be removed, these types of fillings often weaken teeth. Recent innovations now allow us to replace old silver fillings with composite or porcelain fillings that are stronger, safer and more natural looking. Say goodbye to “metal mouth” and hello to a beautiful new smile.
Why do I need a crown instead of a bigger filling?
Teeth are often restored using silver or composite fillings. However, when too much of a tooth’s structure is removed to support a filling, a crown or “cap” may be needed.
What is the proper first aid for saving a loose or dislocated tooth?
If the tooth is loose, even extremely so, but is still attached in any way, leave it in place; do not remove it. If it is out of its socket completely and unattached it is best to have the person hold it in his mouth, if possible, until a dentist can attempt re-implantation. If it is out of the mouth, do not let it dry out and handle it as little as possible. Do not attempt to disinfect the tooth, scrub it, or remove any tissue attached to it. If it is recovered from the ground or other soiled area, rinse it off in lukewarm water. Preserve it in milk until a dentist is available, if not available lukewarm water will suffice. Time out of the socket is critical in the long-term success of re-implantation. After 30 minutes, the success potential begins to decline. However, re-implantation is still possible after several hours, so the attempt can still be made even if the tooth has been out for a long period.
I have dentures that don’t look natural or fit very well, would there be any improvement with new dentures?
Absolutely! Newer techniques enable dentures to be made with more precision than previously. You should be able to get both better fitting and more attractive dentures with today’s technology.
How do I manage dry mouth?
Many people today are on medications creating dryness of the mouth as a side effect. Without the natural benefit of saliva to decrease bacterial action, we see an increase of cavities on the root surfaces of these patients. Anyone on a medication causing a dry mouth effect should be encouraged to see their dentist for regular dental cleanings and topical fluoride rinses.
What are dental implants?
The loss of just a single tooth can set a course that can destroy an entire mouth. Teeth will drift and tip into a space that is created by missing teeth. When you lose a tooth, a dental implant may be needed to replace the tooth root and crown. Dental implants are simply “anchors” that permanently support replacement teeth. They are secure and durable and can be cleaned and cared for much like your natural teeth. The procedure requires a titanium root be fitted into your jaw to replace the lost tooth’s root. Once the implant is anchored into the bone, the bone around the implant requires six weeks to six months of healing. Once the bone has healed, a support post and replacement tooth is anchored onto the implant.