Tooth erosion is something that occurs when acids break down tooth’s enamel. Erosion is irreversible but can be slowed down by avoiding or lowering the intake of highly acidic foods. Once tooth erosion has started to occur you need to make sure you are replacing the minerals in your teeth with fluoride and toothpaste. If erosion has taken over the tooth you may have developed a cavity. Cavities can be repaired and may require a root canal. If tooth erosion is extremely bad and the tooth cannot be saved you may need an extraction. Most extractions in the back teeth are not problematic but if you find yourself losing a tooth that may cause you embarrassment an option is a Dental Implant.
Dental implants are porcelain teeth implanted with an artificial root. These implants are just as strong as real teeth and are designed to look just like your real teeth. Some things you may need to know when receiving dental implants
- Dental implants will require a consultation to make sure the dentist sculpts the perfect tooth for your implant.
- Pain and discomfort with implants are usually minimal. You can always opt for numbing options and afterward, most over the counter medications can help with any pain.
- Your implant will need time to fully fuse to your jaw bone and the first few weeks you may need to be on a soft food diet to aid in the healing process.
- After your implant is fully fused you will get your new tooth attached to the jawbone piece! You will care for your new tooth just like any of your other teeth to avoid plaque especially around the gum line
- Plan on periodic checkups to make sure you are healing well and for regular Dental Cleanings.
Good Oral Hygiene is a must to keep your mouth and teeth healthy. Bad oral hygiene can cause all sorts of issues such as Bad Breath and tooth decay. While not all tooth and gum issues are caused by bad oral hygiene they can be slowed down or avoided with proper oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene according to the ADA is brushing, rinsing, and flossing at least twice if not three times daily. Brushing helps loosen plaque and food stuck on the tooth’s surface while flossing helps remove the same that is in between the teeth and closer to the gum line. Rinsing with a mouth wash helps to kill the leftover germs and bacteria that brushing and flossing do not catch and also helps freshen breath and neutralize odors. Keeping regular Dental Cleanings at least once every 6 months also helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy and address any issues before they become more severe. Make sure you check out Reese Dental at Lake Country for your next dental Appointment. Our Testimonials will show you why our clients love our dental practice and have been choosing us for years. We look forward to meeting you and making your smile a confident one.