June 15, 2015
Pulp Disease is a serious condition that needs to be taken care of by your dentist as soon as possible. If you suffer from poor oral health, it could lead to pulp disease that may require a root canal or even tooth removal.
Web MD explains that poor oral hygiene is the number one contributor to tooth pain, tooth decay and other tooth and gum conditions. Without good oral hygiene, habits that include brushing twice and flossing once each day, plaque, that sticky film that comes from food particles and other debris, could begin to develop. Plaque will cause dental caries and gum disease.
If cavities are left untreated, the tooth decay can affect the pulp, or center of your tooth. Tooth pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and tissue and if infected will eventually result in pulp disease. If you do not schedule an appointment with your dentist for pulp disease, you could eventually suffer from tooth loss.
According to your dentist you may be suffering from pulp disease if you have any of the symptoms below, which could vary in intensity, however, if the nerves inside your tooth have already died, you may not have any symptoms at all. Symptoms include,
- Tooth or teeth pain when eating or drinking something cold, hot, or sweet
- Intense and sudden mouth pain
- Mouth infections
If you have not seen your dentist for quite some time, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your dentist who can give you a clean bill of health when it comes to pulp disease.
There are several types of pulp disease,
- Reversible Pulpitis
- Irreversible Pulp Disease
- Dental Pulp Calcification
- Dental Pulp Exposure
A mild inflammation, also known as reversible pulpitis can be offset with good oral hygiene; however, a filling may be necessary.
Severe inflammation is a sign of irreversible pulpitis and usually needs a root canal. If a root canal is unsuccessful, tooth removal may be necessary.
Dental nerve compression causes dental pulp calcification. Also called dental pulp stones, root canals are usually the only treatment for this type of pulp disease.
If you have damaged the external covering of your tooth because of a crack or cavity, the pulp may be exposed to bacteria and food particles. A trip to the dentist is imperative to avoid a serious infection.
Although some pulp disease is caused by trauma or injury because of a broken tooth, the majority of pulp disease is normally caused by poor oral hygiene. If you see your dentist regularly, eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and veggies and brush and floss regularly, you may be able to avoid pulp disease all together.
February 15, 2015
Gum disease is reversible as long as you take care of it immediately. If your gums are red and swollen and bleed when you brush, floss, or take a bite out of an apple, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a professional cleaning.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and can be nipped in the bud with a professional cleaning from your dentist, but if it has progressed to the more serious periodontal disease, Root Planing and Scaling may be recommended to help your gums heal.
According to Web MD, a stubborn case of gum disease can be reversed with Root Planing and Scaling. This procedure will remove the tartar and plaque from your teeth to help your gums become pink and firm.
During the Scaling portion of the procedure, your dentist may or may not numb your gums and the roots of your teeth using a local anesthetic. Although the procedure is not painful, it can be uncomfortable.
After your gums are numb, your dentist will use tools to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar from your teeth both below and above your gum line. This is called Root Scaling. Some dentists may use an ultrasonic tool or a combination of the two.
Once the Root Scaling has been completed, your dentist will begin Root Planing. This involves smoothing out the rough spots on your teeth and the roots in order to prevent the bacteria and plaque from adhering to your teeth.
Although Root Planing and Scaling can usually be taken care of in a single visit, your dentist may prefer to do a quarter, or quadrant, or half of your month during each dental appointment.
Root Planing and Scaling is a simple procedure, but it is important that you let your dentist know your health history as the treatment can introduce certain bacteria into your bloodstream. This is especially true if you have liver disease, a systemic illness, heart problems, or an immune system that has been compromised.
For more information regarding gum disease and Root Planing and Scaling, schedule an appointment with your dentist who can determine if your teeth and gums are healthy.