It can be easy to make excuses and avoid treating issues with your teeth or gums, but it is important to realize that little issues, when left unchecked, can become big problems. The difference between a cavity that needs a filling, and a cavity that needs root canal therapy, can often be a matter of when it is caught. Other problems, like gum disease, can lead to prolonged pain, and even tooth loss. The more information your dentist has about your oral health, the easier it will be to keep your smile healthy, and avoid costly procedures.
Watching Out For Cavities
A lingering toothache, or an unusual degree of sensitivity, could be evidence of a cavity. A cavity occurs when the bacteria in your mouth cause decay in the enamel of your tooth. If the cavity is caught in time, your dentist can treat it with a filling. However, if you don’t report the issue, that cavity can continue past the enamel and damage the inside of the tooth, which will lead to the cavity requiring more involved treatments. If this takes place, it could require root canal therapy. An untreated cavity can damage a tooth to the point that it has to be removed.
Gum disease can cause oral discomfort, bleeding, and bad breath. It can also wear away the tissue connecting your teeth and gums, and damage your teeth. This loss of connective tissue can even loosen your teeth, and increase your risk of losing a tooth. If you have issues with soreness, bleeding, or inflammation, consult with your dentist to determine the cause, and start treatment.