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Dental care is one of the most important and usually overlooked medical procedures that can cause the most damage if not dealt with. When teeth begin to decay, get sore, and are improperly cared for they can create all kinds of problems and the best way to care for them is to see a dentist right away. What are a few of the most common dental ailments and what can you expect from the dentist at the dental clinic?
Cavities are some of the most popular dental concerns and they can affect people of all ages. When children get cavities it is a common misconception that they are only affecting baby teeth and they are going to fall out anyways. Cavities can cause pain and create problems later on with adult teeth if baby teeth are unhealthy. Having cavities fixed as a child can sometimes be stressful and they may require a trip to a dental clinic specialist to ensure they are sedated and not causing problems during dental work. Cavities in adult teeth are very problematic and create lasting issues and eventually the tooth will begin to rot. Getting cavities fixed right when you notice them is a great way to save money as well because if the cavity gets too big you will need a root canal costing you a lot more. Cavities are simple to fix and can keep you healthy, happy and out of dental pain.
Root canals are the next step if a cavity has gotten too big to be filled and has disrupted the nerve within. If a root canal is needed the dentist will have to remove the pulp of the tooth and than cover it with a filling or crown to reinforce the strength of the tooth to reduce the chance of breakage. A tooth still has the chance of deteriorating after a root canal as the tooth’s integrity and natural pulp has been removed. Root canals relieve the pain experienced after a cavity has grown too deep and begun causing the patient pain.
Tooth extraction is the next step in dental surgery after cavities and root canals are no longer an option at your dental clinic. If a tooth has gone past the point of saving it will need to be pulled out which is a relatively easy procedure. The dentist will freeze your entire jaw and surrounding areas and than use tools designed to pry the tooth out of its place. After that you get a mouth full of gauze and sent on your way. You will need to take it easy after an extraction, avoid drinking through a straw, spitting, chewing crunchy foods, and smoking. Doing these things can create what is called a dry socket which can be severely painful. A dry socket is partial or complete loss of the blood clot that formed after the tooth was pulled. This exposes the jaw bone and a bunch of nerves causing extreme pain. You can see your dentist and they will pack it with medicated dressing to relieve the pain and help with the healing process.
Over 35 million Americans are missing all the teeth from one or both jaws, according to prosthodontists.
If you have gotten teeth extracted at a dental clinic and want to replace your missing pieces you can get dental implants placed to fill in the gaps. These can be slightly pricey but totally worth it if you want your smile back to the way it was. Dental implants are created by installing a titanium screw into your jaw bone and attaching a false tooth that has been specially made to match your existing teeth. Dentures are another option if you are missing large amounts of teeth and can get you back to eating the foods you love. The oral surgeon will be the one to remove all the teeth and a denturist will then take a mold of your jaw and create the full casting for you. This process can take a few weeks but is completely worth it in the end.
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