The Month of May is Save Your Tooth Month. While we have found there are many alternatives, there is nothing better to preserve the function, structure, and shape of your mouth than your natural teeth. You should always do whatever possible to save the teeth that you have.
So what exactly can cause you to lose your natural teeth in the first place? Can you prevent this? We are here to give you all the information you need to keep those beautiful smiles intact for years to come.
Common Causes For Losing Your Natural Teeth
The most common cause for losing your natural tooth is due to gum disease. Gum disease begins with bacteria and inflammation in the gums. It then begins to destroy the gum tissues and can even destroy the jawbone underneath the gums, resulting in no support for the teeth. This leads to the loss of your natural teeth.
The second leading cause of loss of natural teeth is cavities or tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by plaque buildup on your teeth. As the plaque sticks to your teeth, the acid in plaque slowly starts to erode your tooth’s enamel. As your tooth’s enamel weakens, you begin to develop tooth decay.
How to Prevent Tooth Decay
The best way to prevent natural tooth loss is to maintain a good dental hygiene routine. This includes taking care of both your teeth and gums. You should be brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time and flossing once a day. This in addition to visiting your Lindale dentist for your semi-annual cleanings, will set you up for success in preventing tooth decay.
Other risk factors for tooth decay can be tobacco use, alcohol use, certain medications, and diseases such as diabetes. Checkups at your dentist can detect early signs of tooth decay, especially if are at higher risk. Early intervention is always going to be best for your overall dental health. It can not only save you money but hopefully save your natural teeth and your smile.
Root Canals-Alternative for Extraction
Many people may choose tooth extraction when they are experiencing tooth pain because it may be the simplest decision. We are here to tell you that there are better options for you where you can save your natural tooth, be without pain, and maintain your beautiful, functional smile.
Root canals are the procedure used to save a damaged or infected tooth. You may hear the word “Root Canal” and start to get a little nervous, but they do tend to get a bad reputation. Our root canals are virtually painless. Our job is to get you out of pain. You are already experiencing pain due to an infection or damage to your tooth, we would never do anything to make you experience more discomfort.
If we find that you have tooth decay, the pulp inside the tooth may become infected and need to be removed with a root canal. During the procedure, an opening is made at the top of your tooth to be able to access the pulp of the tooth. The cavity left behind by clearing out the inside of your tooth is then filled with various materials that are meant to help support your tooth and prevent decay from returning.
A Second Opinion For Saving Your Natural Tooth
We always want to give you the best treatment options possible at The Center for Implant and General Dentistry. If you find yourself in a situation where an extraction has been given to you as an option, consider a second opinion. Root Canals may be an option to save your natural tooth and the natural function of your smile.
Give us a call if you ever have any questions about any of our procedures. We are always here to help. (903) 231-6605.