Common Reasons for Dental Work
Annual check-ups and cavity fillings are not the only reasons patients make trips to the dentist. There are several services that we provide that help with oral hygiene. Here are some of the most common reasons for dental work.
Common Reasons for Dental Work| Saving a Knocked Out Tooth
When you have a tooth that has been knocked out, the first thing you should do is either put it in milk or stick it under your tongue. Rinsing and cleaning the tooth or keeping it separate from your mouth can prevent the tooth from eventually reintegrating back into the bone. Our office puts the knocked-out tooth in its original socket and bonds it to the adjacent teeth, sparing our patient the necessity of a root canal. Usually, teeth can be saved by following these steps.
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Common Reasons for Dental Work | Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is gum disease. It starts out as gingivitis, and then if somebody does not see a dentist for many years, the deposits from the plaque turn into what’s called tartar, also called calculus. That calculus goes underneath the gum line, and the hygienist or the doctor needs to remove it with an instrument. If the tartar or the calculus is not removed, it continues going around the root area. This is a common reason for patients losing their teeth due to periodontal disease.
Common Reasons for Dental Work | Bleeding and Receding Gums
I always ask a patient with receding gums, if their toothbrush looks the same as when it was removed from the box. I ask this because it is a good indicator of whether they are using the proper toothbrush or brushing too hard. The bristles on your toothbrush should look the same as they did when you first opened the package; they should not be mashed up. If they are mashed up, it means that you’re brushing too hard and your gums will likely recede. Then you will have sensitivity down the road.
Bleeding gums is not normal unless you’re taking Coumadin, or another drug prescribed by your doctor, it might cause the bleeding gums. We would enforce very gentle but thorough brushing, so that when you come in here you will not have an issue.
If you are in need treatment for any of the aforementioned common reasons for dental work, please contact our office today for a free consultation.