A toothache is generally the cause of tooth decay or infection. There may be a sudden pain when some food comes in contact with a dental cavity. If you do not brush properly, some food particles stuck between the teeth which may cause infection or cavity. Infection can be at the root level or in the gums. This is also called as a tooth abscess. Its main symptoms may include pain while chewing food, bleeding in gums, and bad smell in the mouth. If you have severe pain or deep cavities then you must visit the doctor but before that, you can also take some natural cures at home to have relief from a toothache or to cure cavity. So here are some natural cures that can be taken at home:
Rinse with Salt Water: Mix 1 tbsp of salt in one glass of warm water, rinse your mouth with this. Warm salt water is a natural disinfectant which can be used to lose the food particles those are stuck in the teeth.
Rinse with Hydrogen Peroxide: You can rinse your mouth with hydrogen peroxide directly or by diluting it in water. It is temporary pain reliever. It will kill the bacteria and will give you relief from pain.
Cold compress or Icing: Cold compress is one of the best methods to get relief from pain. Use an ice bag or wrap ice in the towel and keep it on the affected area for about 15-20 minutes. Repeat this every few hours.
Alum: It is also known as fitkari India, and is used by Ayurveda. Apply alum powder to tooth or bleeding gum, keep it for half an hour. Repeat the process for few hours in a day.
Clove: It has been used throughout the history for a toothache as … Read the rest
You brush your teeth religiously, eat a reasonably healthy diet, you floss at least some of the time, and you regularly use a mouthwash. You use a fluoride based toothpaste. You are reasonably good at maintaining a regular schedule of dental appointments. In fact, you follow all the mainstream advice on dental care. However, when you get to the dentists, there is always some dental decay, always a filling or cavity that needs attention. When you do get a filling, it often needs a bigger filling, then a really large filling, followed by a crown and root canal. If the root canal fails, then the only thing left is an implant, a large gap in your gums, or some kind of bridge device.
You in turn get more and frustrated. You purchase bigger and more powerful sonic toothbrushes, bigger tubs of mouthwash, and start brushing your teeth after lunch at work. No joy. Nothing seems to work. You talk to your dentist, who just shrugs and says it happens.
What’s going on? Very simply, dental decay and gum disease is an infection, “an invasion by pathogenic microorganisms of a bodily part in which the conditions are favorable for growth, production of toxins, and resulting injury to tissue.” (Webster’s II New Riverside University Dictionary).
What are these microorganisms? Pathogens of bacterial, protozoan, viral or fungal origin have been implicated as causal factors in periodontal disease. One strain in particular has been identified called Streptococcus mutans. Streptococcus mutans, and Streptococcus Sobrinus are the bacteria that cause the majority of tooth decay and gum disease. Streptococcus mutans is a heterotrophic organism which simply means that it must live off of another organism by eating another organism or using them as a host. The human oral cavity is the host of S. mutans.
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The act of eating should be a pleasant and rewarding experience. However, some people feel a sharp pain whenever their teeth come in contact with an especially hot, cold or sweet food. Such men and women then begin to search for information on how to reduce tooth sensitivity.
Frequent brushing can limit the extent to which a tooth responds to foods served at abnormally high or low temperatures. Ideally, the teeth should be cleaned after every meal or snack. However, two brushings a day should reduce the sensitivity of the chewing tools that nature has given to each human being.
When brushing his or her teeth, a man or woman should use a toothbrush with soft bristles. He or she should put on that brush toothpaste that contains fluoride. Any sort of whitening or tartar control paste should be avoided.
An end of the brushing routine should not signal an end to the tooth care regimen for that period of the day or night. Flossing ought to be part of the daily routine that is followed by anyone who has extra sensitive teeth. Regular flossing limits the amount of plague build-up and helps to prevent development of gingivitis.
After the container of floss has been put back on the shelf, then the man or woman who wants to avoid unnecessary pain reaches for a bottle of mouthwash. That mouth-rinsing liquid should contain added fluoride. It should not contain alcohol or be too very acidic. However, the acidity of a favored mouthwash can be reduced by rinsing the freshened mouth with water.
Eating and lifestyle habits ought to be evaluated, if a man or woman wants to limit the amount of pain he or she endures after eating certain foods. A diet rich in acid foods can increase the sensitivity of … Read the rest
The upper and lower third molars are also called your wisdom teeth. These teeth are located at the very back of your mouth. They are usually the last teeth to surface in the mouth. They usually appear between the ages of 17 and 24 years old.
Some people have their wisdom teeth for their entire life. However, most people today opt to have their wisdom teeth removed. Some people have their wisdom teeth taken out even before they break through the gums.
People who live with their wisdom teeth for their lifetime usually do not experience any complications. But for some people, their wisdom teeth never erupt. And this can lead to swelling, gum ulcers and pain. Once the wisdom tooth becomes impacted and it starts pressing up against another tooth, it can damage the tooth beside it or the jawbone. These two are the main reasons why people usually have to undergo oral surgery to have a wisdom tooth removed.
Having a wisdom tooth removed is not as easy or simple as undergoing a regular tooth extraction. It requires a surgery since the dentist will open up the gum tissue over the tooth and take out any bone that is covering the tooth. The dentist will then separate the tissue that connects the tooth to the bone. Then the dentist will remove the tooth. The tooth is usually cut into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove. Once the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Depending on your dentist, these stitches can dissolve over time or you will have to go back to the clinic to have them removed.
If you will be having your wisdom tooth removed sometime soon, below are some tips you should follow to properly prepare for this procedure:
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Teeth are lost because of trauma or disease. Trauma may come in the form of an accident or excessive biting forces. Disease is generally tooth decay or periodontal disease [gum disease] but there are other categories such as cancer and various neoplasm's of the jaw that may result in tooth loss. Studies show that more than 50% of the population have one or more missing teeth. Trauma commonly causes the loss of a single front tooth. The effect this has on a persons' well being is obvious. Fortunately an experienced dental implantologist can usually remove the remaining root, place a dental implant, and secure a new tooth to that implant in one visit of an hour or two. The loss of a single tooth in the back is usually caused by tooth decay or periodontal disease. Sometimes this can be treated just like front teeth but for various reasons it is often more time consuming.
More often than not the treatment for a single missing back tooth is as follows:
- Extraction of the damaged tooth and grafting of the root sockets. Wait 4 months then
- Placement of a dental implant to replace the root of the single missing tooth. Wait 4 to 6 months then
- Placement of an abutment on the dental implant and record taking for the fabrication of a crown to replace the single missing tooth. Wait 3 weeks then
- Permanent attachment of the abutment to the implant and cementation of the crown to the abutment. TREATMENT COMPLETE
The need for replacing a single missing tooth in the back is often times not as intuitively obvious as the need for replacing a single missing tooth in the front; but it is important. Teeth are very movable. We've all witnessed an Orthodontist putting tension on a tooth with a … Read the rest
If you have any teeth removed, you'll want to do whatever is required to expedite the recuperation process and get back to your normal life. That being said, healing following tooth extractions requires the formation of blood clots to cover the area and promote recovery. Until that process occurs, there isn't a lot you can do besides wait for nature to run its course. There are a number of things you can do to help with the recuperation process as well as control the discomfort. Below are a few guidelines to observe.
– It's typical for the extracted area to feel inflamed even following a few days. In most cases, simple over the counter pain killers can provide relief to the discomfort. It is advisable that these pain killers be taken immediately following the tooth extraction procedure. Do not wait for the pain to start. It is always easier to prevent discomfort from setting in than making it go away. Your dentist or oral surgeon will recommend the appropriate over-the-counter pain killer or write you a prescription.
– Go home, rest, as well as take it easy the following day. Don't workout or exert much physical effort for the next 24 hours.
– If the numbing does not go away after six hours, get in touch with the dentist or oral surgeon who administered the tooth extraction. Steroids can be administered to the nerve area which could help decrease the inflammation and expedite the recovery.
– Avoid the temptation to rinse the extracted area for the next 24 hours.
– Stay clear of eating and / or drinking hot food and beverages until the numbing wears off. You won't be able to feel the temperature level of food or beverages if the area is still anesthetized, and this … Read the rest
A tooth fracture can occur in both the front and back teeth, but the causes differ for each region. The front teeth most often become fractured due to sports trauma or some other external event, and may show signs of mobility due to underlying bone or tissue damage or exhibit damage to the vital tissue known as the pulp.
Posterior teeth often crack or fracture off due to active decay or improperly placed restorations. Although these fractures may not present as urgent an aesthetic problem as those confined to the front teeth, serious damage to both the tooth and supporting structures and tissue can occur without prompt treatment. This article looks at the various type of tooth cracks and how treatment is approached for each.
Superficial Cracks in the Front Teeth
Cracks that occur on the front teeth can be superficial or implicate deeper layers of the tooth. They can occur due to external trauma or natural causes. Tooth structure on either side of the crack is still structurally secure but its integrity can disintegrate with time, evolving into a complete fracture (the sides can break off with little force).
"Craze" lines are an example of a naturally-occurring crack that is confined to the outer enamel layer. Tooth enamel protects the interior layers of the teeth, but can be successfully restored with composite bonding or refinishing of the enamel surface. The same can be said for traumatic injuries to just the enamel.
During composite bonding, the dentist simply etches the tooth and applies a white filling-like material to the crack.
Deeper Cracks in the Front Teeth
Deeper cracks can introduce complications to treatment. If the crack extends into the second layer, known as the dentin, it can still be successfully repaired with composite bonding or an indirect restoration (veneers). The … Read the rest
The thought of oral surgery is something that may send shivers running down your spine. But really, as long as you have asked all of your questions of your Plantation dentist and your Fort Lauderdale oral surgeon, you should be able to walk into your surgical procedure with confidence that all will be better soon.
There are a variety of reasons one may require a visit to their Fort Lauderdale oral surgeon. Wisdom tooth or some other sort of extraction is probably the most common reason why your Plantation dentist may make a referral to an oral surgeon for consultation. However, a Fort Lauderdale oral surgeon would also be needed to prepare your mouth for dental implants or an oral appliance such as dentures.
Typically, your traditional Plantation dentist can handle a tooth extraction. So why do you need to see a Fort Lauderdale oral surgeon for your wisdom teeth extraction? Here's what makes wisdom teeth a bit more complicated. It's not the tooth itself but the root. For the most part, the more normal the alignment of the wisdom tooth and the further through the gums it has been able to erupt, the simpler the extraction process will be. Subsequently, the healing process will also be easier to get through.
The anatomy of a wisdom tooth itself is another reason why extraction needs to be done by an oral surgeon. Wisdom teeth are multi rooted; with lower wisdom teeth typically having two roots, and upper wisdom teeth usually having three. Every person is different, and therefore there is a large degree of variation in the way the roots of a wisdom tooth can form. Not only can each person be different; but also each tooth can be different in the way the roots have formed.
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A wisdom tooth can be extracted (removed) by an oral surgeon or your family dentist. This can be done at the dental professional's facility and the surgery itself is usually done in a single visit, with aftercare being minimal in nature. If you are having all your wisdom teeth extracted or of you are at a high risk for complications (your dentist will determine that) then you may have your surgery performed at a hospital. If you do have prior infections, surgery will probably be delayed until the infection itself is cleared up. If this is the case, your doctor will have you take antibiotics to heal these complicating factors.
Your dentist will administer local anesthetic before removing a wisdom tooth. If several or all of your wisdom teeth will be removed at the same time, a general anesthetic will be used to prevent pain in the entire body. This will cause you to sleep throughout the procedure. It is generally recommended that you do not eat or drink after midnight on the night before surgery, so that the anesthetic can be administered properly.
During the procedure, your dentist will open up the gum tissue over the tooth and take out any bone that is covering it, to remove the wisdom tooth. You may need stitches, after the tooth is removed. In most cases, stitches dissolve over time. Some stitches do not dissolve; however, and will need to be removed after a few days but this technique is used less often. Cotton gauze pad is generally used to stop any bleeding from the surgery.
What to Expect After Surgery:
Recovery usually only requires a few days. Here are some tips that will help speed up your recovery:
• Take pain killers prescribed by your dentist only as needed.
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Dental filling, otherwise known as dental or tooth restoration, is the method by which dentists restore missing parts of the tooth structure or even a missing tooth. Dentist do it in such a way that the integrity, function, and morphology of the tooth structure remain intact. This process uses different types of dental restorative materials. A missing tooth structure supported by dental implants can also be restored through this procedure.
The Need for Tooth Restoration
Caries or dental cavities due to decay are one of the main reasons for the structural loss of a tooth. A part of or a whole tooth could be missing due to an external trauma such as an accident or fracture of the tooth. A previously placed restoration would have deteriorated creating the need for re-restoring it. Intentional loss of structure of the tooth may occur when dentists prepare the tooth for aesthetic improvements.
Restoring a Tooth Directly or Indirectly
The technique of direct restoration involves keeping a prepared soft filling into the tooth. The filling sets and becomes hard while in contact with the tooth. This procedure does not damage the tooth because it passes very limited energy on to the tooth during the setting process. Experts advise this method for restoration in areas that are unlikely to undergo heavy pressure during chewing. A single visit to the dentist would suffice for this procedure. On the contrary, indirect dental restorations involve the technique of using dental impressions of the prepared tooth to fabricate tooth restoration externally. Crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays are the common indirect restorations. This is then fixed permanently with dental cement. This process requires a minimum of two visits to the dentist.
Different Tooth Restoration Types
There are many ways for teeth restoration and the most common type is the filling … Read the rest