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How Does Tooth Decay Occur
Until treated: Baby bottle tooth decay is a serious condition that is caused by putting a child to bed with juice, milk or another sugary drink in their bottle. The liquid accumulates around the upper front teeth and causes decay to occur rapidly. Decay removal and placement of tooth colored fillings or crowns is indicated if the teeth can be salvaged. If not, they will need to be extracted. See a dentist asap! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Decay isn't healthy: Do you think you may be thinking of the studies that have shown a correlation between periodontal disease causing plaque and plaque in your heart? Here's an article with more information: http://www.Colgate.Com/app/cp/us/en/oc/information/articles/oral-and-dental-health-basics/medical-conditions/heart-disease-and-oral-health/article/cardiovascular.Cvsp. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lost stimulation: After extraction, the aveolar bone lost the stimulation from the tooth movement and starts resorption. It is kind like atrophy. Reserach showed, the surounding bone can lost 60-80 percent of its volume at the end of first year after extraction. To prevent bone loss after extraction, you should get bone grafting at the time of extraction. After 4-6 month, implant can be placed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The cavity will: Keep getting larger and larger. Eventually, the remaining tooth structure will not be large or strong enough to support a restoration (filling) and thereby determined to be non-restorable. A non-restorable tooth needs to be extracted before an infection/pain develop. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Don't wait: No one should wait until their periodontal disease gets so bad that they are in danger of losing their teeth. Treatment is relatively easy and inexpensive with early diagnosis and treatment. Not only does your oral hygiene plays a role, but many medical conditions such as diabetes and factors such as smoking hasten the process. See your dentist for a complete and thorough periodontal exam. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Tooth roots: Wisdom teeth can vary in their size, shape and number of roots. Some teeth may be very small but other can be gigantic. A good x-ray should tell your dentist the proper number. I have seen some teeth with one root (may or not be fused together) to one with more than 7 separate roots. Frequently when there are more roots, the extraction can be more complicated and/or take longer. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused by bacteria living in your mouth. The bacteria use carbohydrates (sugars) to produce acids which breakdown the surface of the tooth. This breakdown is tooth decay. Keep in mind, it is not how much sweet things you eat but how often you eat them that affect tooth decay. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rereootcanal with temp filling. Can brushing my teeth hard cause damage to the tooth? How suceptible is the tooth to damage?
Prevention: Once the tooth gets decay, it is progressive except in incipient decay. Prevention is the best thing when it comes to decay and gum disease. Good home care routine, brushing, flossing, using a Fluoride rinse. Visiting your dentist every 6months. Eating healthy and fibrous foods. Avoiding processed food with sugar and carbs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Saliva can't PREVENT: Saliva can't prevent tooth decay, but its "absence" can promote it. Saliva contains bicarbonate--a buffer to the acids contained in foods, drinks and bacterial plaque. An acidic (low ph) diet will dissolve tooth structure when ph dips below 5.5. A healthy mouth exists at ph 7.2-7.4. Check your meds, break the sugar habits, check your gut (indigestion/reflux) and clean your teeth twice daily.. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Work?: You mean how is an extraction done, or why extract a tooth? Extracting a tooth removes the source of a problem (pain, swelling, infection, decay), makes more room for the other teeth, and/or improves the prognosis for the remaining teeth. A tooth is extracted by separating the root from the bone. If the tooth is impacted or stuck, sometimes sectioning the tooth is necessary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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