Serious Dental Problems
Do you suspect that you are having serious dental problems but you aren’t sure what to do? It is best to err on the side of caution and get in to see the dentist to rule out some things. In the meantime, here is how we take care of some of the issues you may be dealing with.
Serious Dental Problems | Bad Oral Care
Though the teeth, the tongue, and the mouth make up only a small part of the body, an issue with any of them can influence your health. A recent study found a definitive connection between oral health disease and heart disease and stroke. According to the results of the study, the plaque that builds up around the teeth or due to gingivitis can release bacteria into the bloodstream. This bacteria in turn travels to the heart and can cause a blockage.
Serious Dental Problems | Gum Disease
Gum disease can set in when your gums start reacting to plaque buildup on the surface of the teeth. When gum disease emerges, you can expect your gums to become red and swollen, and they may begin to bleed easily. If this is not corrected, gum disease can lead to periodontitis, which is when the bone below or above the teeth starts to be affected.
Serious Dental Problems | Periodontal Disease
Periodontitis is a gingival disease that affects both the gums and the bone. The condition starts out as gingivitis, which is largely limited to inflammation of the gums. This disease can progress, becoming periodontitis, and beginning to dissolve the bone around the roots of the teeth. That’s the number one cause of people losing their teeth and they end up with dentures. If you notice inflammation of the gums, turning red and swollen, you should let your dentist know right away.
Serious Dental Problems | 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.
If your serious dental problems need attention, please don’t hesitate to call our office today for a free consultation. Our Amherst dentist, Dr Hamill, has decades of experience in caring for the community of WNY.