The best ways to keep your teeth healthy:
How to tell if you have a cavity:
It doesn’t always take a dentist to discover a cavity. If you have a cavity that has been developing for a while, here are a few symptoms that will alert you to the issue:
Pain – If you experience localized pain in one tooth, that can be a sign of a cavity, especially if you experience the pain while you are eating sweets or sugary foods. If the pain occurs without you even touching the tooth, or you have a toothache that incites a fever, it’s best to see your dentist right away.
Sensitivity – Sensitivity while eating cold or hot foods is another sign that you might have a cavity. In this situation, you will probably feel a bit of pain when your tooth comes in contact with the cold or hot food.
Bad Breath – Since cavities are really just decaying teeth, they can lead to the unfortunate possibility of bad breath. They invite more bacteria to the bad tooth, which generally causes odor. So, if you brush your teeth regularly and still have bad breath, a cavity might be the culprit.
Darkening or Hole in Tooth – If your tooth seems to be darker than the rest, or if you can see a hole in it, you definitely have a cavity. You’ll want to schedule an appointment to get that filled as soon as possible. The quicker you get in, the more likely you’ll be able to keep the tooth with just a filling, instead of having it completely removed.
Sometimes our teeth fall out. The question is, why do they do it, and how can we fix it?
Congenital absence – This is just a medical way of saying that the tooth didn’t exist in the first place. You may have had a baby tooth that stayed in for much longer than the others, but once it fell out, no adult tooth came in to replace it. That’s probably because it just wasn’t there.
Trauma – Probably the most common way teeth fall out is as a result of trauma. Whether you tripped and fell, got hit in the face during a sporting event, or took a punch in the boxing ring, any kind of trauma can cause teeth to chip and even fall out.
Dental Diseases – Extreme cases of some dental diseases, like periodontitis (gum disease) can cause teeth to fall out. When gums become severely infected, they lose their ability to hold and support your teeth, causing them to fall out. Cavities are another cause of tooth loss. If a cavity is too big, your tooth may just fall out, or a dentist may recommend you have it removed and replaced.
What happens when you do lose a tooth?
If you’re a kid, it’s not a problem. Your adult teeth should grow right in. But if you’re an adult, it’s likely another story. Depending on what tooth or teeth you have lost, there are different solutions. Sometimes, you might just need a bridge, but if you’ve lost many teeth you may alternatively need dentures. At Mogren Dental, we can advise you on what course of action is right for you, and additionally we can perform the procedure, right in our office. Feel free to give us a call or schedule your appointment today.
Tips to keep your teeth white:
At Mogren Dental, we are committed to your comfort. That’s why, no matter what you come in for, we will do our utmost to make sure your visit is quick, and convenient. Our practice is focused on providing personal, high quality service, for each and every patient. If you’re coming in for a cleaning, we offer flexible extended hours to fit any busy schedule. If you need a crown, we use state-of-the-art technology to make sure you get a crown perfectly fitted for you, in just one visit. If you’re considering braces for your child, we can schedule an initial consultation for that as well. Mogren Dental is a family oriented, modern dentistry, devoted to providing you with the best dental care possible.