4 Dental Procedures You Shouldn't Put Off
Posted By: Kara Masterson on November 16, 2021 |
If going to the dentist strikes fear in your heart, you are not alone, many people avoid getting work done on their teeth. It may be due to the expense, a bad experience in the past, or fear of having bits of metal that look sharp or painful stuck in your mouth. However, one of the best ways to overcome your fears is to go to the dentist for routine visits. You and your dentist will build a positive relationship as you become more familiar with each other, and you’ll grow desensitized to what made you uncomfortable in the first place. You'll also be able to catch small, relatively inexpensive problems with your teeth before they become major, more expensive problems in the future. Pay attention to these four dental procedures you should take care of as soon as possible.
Take Care of Those Cavities
A cavity is an area in your tooth where it has begun to decay. If you don't take care of it in the early stages, you risk putting yourself through involved procedures. You could be facing a root canal, a crown, or complete loss of your tooth. Get a filling when it is recommended by your dentist. You'll be able to save the tooth, save money, and save yourself unnecessary suffering.
Don't Avoid a Root Canal
If it's already too late to perform a filling, you may be looking at a root canal. A root canal is typically recommended when the pulp or root canal of the tooth has become infected. You may be experiencing persistent pain that can be traced to an abscess connected to your infection. During a root canal, the pulp will be removed. The inside of the tooth and canal will be disinfected. Finally, the tooth will be filled or a crown will be put in place. Avoiding a root canal can lead to a severe infection that spreads to your jaw.
You could lose the affected tooth. Worse yet, you could experience loss of the infected part of your jaw. Avoid a trip to the dentist by taking care of your damaged tooth in a timely manner.
When All Else Fails, Get the Tooth Pulled
In some cases, your tooth may be beyond saving. You may feel that a root canal is too costly for a badly decayed tooth, especially if that tooth is in the back. Your dentist may advise you to have your tooth extracted. Don't delay. Otherwise, you could have a battle with gum disease and infection that can spread to other parts of your mouth.
Call the Dentist Right Away if You Lose a Tooth Due to Trauma
Your adult teeth will not grow back if you lose them. That's why you need to move quickly to find emergency dental care if one of your permanent teeth is knocked out. Call your dentist to explain what's happened. If your dentist can't see you right away, you'll be referred to someone who can. Time is of the essence when you’re in need of any sort of emergency care, including your teeth. You have a window of about a half-hour to save your tooth. You should rescue the tooth, rinse it with warm water, and put it in the socket, tuck it in your cheek to maintain moisture, or place it in milk until you get to a dentist that can look at you. Handle it by the surface you chew on, not by the root. Get to your dentist in hopes that you can save your tooth.
Remember your dentist is a partner when it comes to taking care of your teeth. Do your part by maintaining excellent oral hygiene. Ask your dentist for tips to preserve your teeth. Your vigilance will help you to preserve what you have. Trust your dentist to help you to make your teeth last.
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