There is a big difference between restorative dentistry and preventative dentistry.
What to Do When You Need Restorative Dentistry
As we stated previously, it is always better to be proactive and do preventative dentistry so that restorative dentistry doesn’t become necessary, but sometimes, life happens. When you are facing tooth loss, tooth decay, or any other condition that affects the health of your mouth, it’s a good idea to call a dentist in Gilbert. And restorative dentistry may not be as scary as you think.
We have already talked about getting a root canal. But there are other forms of restorative dentistry. One of them is removing a tooth.
A lot of people think that teeth are just bones, but they’re not. A tooth is a thin outer covering of bone. In the middle of your tooth is a fibrous substance called tooth pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels and nerves that allow the tooth to serve as a part of your body. When your teeth are their best, they serve an integral part of your digestion by breaking down food. However, when they start to go bad, they can cause a lot of problems, the first of which is a bad taste in your mouth.
Symptoms of a Tooth Going Bad
Tooth decay has a truly terrible taste. It leaves your mouth tasting like blood, with a bitter aftertaste. Tooth decay happens when bacteria start eating your tooth enamel. It can happen when a gap forms in a filling or a number of other causes. Whatever the cause of the tooth decay, sometimes a tooth is too far gone to save, so it it time to get a tooth extraction done. A lot of patients cringe almost as much at the thought of a tooth extraction as they do at a root canal.
We get it. The idea of someone sawing into your jaw, and essentially chiseling out your tooth is probably not high on your fun list of things to do, but did you know that if you don’t get a tooth removed when it goes bad, it could potentially kill you. A tooth starts hurting because the nerve tissue is inflamed. Your pain receptors don’t have to work as hard to tell your brain that your tooth is hurting. And simply taking something for the pain is not a bright idea.
Masking pain symptoms only works a little while. Even a topical analgesic only works for so long. All the while, the infection in your tooth can be working its way into your jaw, or even upwards into your skull. If the infection penetrates your skull, it can also cause brain damage or even death. If you’re scared, then you’re smart.
Get into a dentist as soon as possible. She or he will determine what course of action is best, such as tooth extraction or other form of restorative dentistry.
Gilbert Vista Dental Care
2451 East Baseline Road #210
Gilbert, AZ 85234