When you think about tooth extraction, you may picture a young patient who needs a baby tooth pulled to make way for his or her adult teeth. However, many dental extractions are actually performed on adult patients with permanent teeth.
In this blog, we discuss what adult patients should know about dental extractions.
Why Do Dentists Remove Permanent Teeth?
Ideally, individuals should be able to keep and use their natural teeth for their entire lives. Natural teeth are the most comfortable and often the best option in almost all cases. Dentists only consider permanent tooth extraction in situations where other dental techniques cannot resolve an issue.
Gum disease can affect individuals of virtually any age. In many cases, individuals develop gingivitis, which can be harmful, but is easy to treat. Other individuals experience periodontal disease, a more advanced gum condition.
In our previous blog, “What It Might Mean If Your Gums Are Receding,” we listed the risk factors and warning signs of periodontal disease. In this blog, we discuss how periodontal disease can affect your health, both in your mouth and throughout your body.
Many adults think that decay is just for children when in effect, you are at risk your whole life. When dental disease is left untreated in can lead to serious health problems such as infection which can damage underlying bone, nerve damage and tooth loss. When dental infections are left untreated they can spread to other parts of your body that can eventually be life threatening. In pregnant women, infections of the gum tissue can lead to early birth and low birth weight of the child.
The important thing for us to know is that dental disease is preventable and treatable. By instituting good preventive dentistry on yourself, and adopting good oral homecare, you can lead a healthy oral status. It is important to always brush twice a day, floss between teeth at least once a day, eat a balanced diet and limit between meal snacks. Regular dental visits at least once every six months will help you maintain a good dentition and oral health.
Sleep disorders are medical problems that can cause great problems to an individual’s health and lifestyle. But the lifestyle isn’t the only factor that is affected by sleep disorders. When the sleep problem is severe, even the individual’s career is compromised. Sleep Apnea, a sleeping disorder, often goes undiagnosed and affects millions of people all over the world. People who experience the sleep problem also experience the effects that it brings about in their lives. Patients with sleep apnea experience the cessation of airflow for at least 10 seconds. At this point, the body notices there is a low amount of oxygen supply in the blood. The brain’s response to this is to make the body awaken and gasp for air. This may cause the individual to wake panting, sweating, and anxious because they feel they cannot breath. “Imagine a plastic bag tied around your head and jumping in to a pool.” This episode can happen over and over again throughout the night never allowing the individual to get a full nights rest and sleep.
Due to better accessibility to dental health care and fluoridation of water, more of our adult population is keeping their teeth. Over the past 2 decades we have seen a decrease from 17% to 7% of tooth loss in adults. Enamel erosion is becoming one of the major problems seen in adult dentition. The damage to the outer surface of the tooth, enamel, can be caused by erosion due to acids present for prolonged amount of time or biting forces on the dentition.
Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. In the early stages, when the gums become swollen and red and bleed easily, it is known as gingivitis. As the conditions progresses, a more serious condition of gingivitis is known as periodontitis. Under these circumstances the gums begin to pull away from the teeth and bone loss can occur. Although it is mostly seen in adults, there are cases of juvenile periodontitis seen in children. Between tooth decay and periodontitis these are the two biggest threats to your oral health.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in most community water supplies. Scientists discovered in the 1940’s that there was an optimum level of natural fluoride in water levels that significantly reduced dental cavities among residents but low enough to avoid serious side effects. The optimum level of fluoride to reduce the incidence of cavities has been determined to be 1 part per million parts of water.
As if parents don’t have enough to worry about their newborns, it has now been confirmed in a recent study that the bacteria that causes decay is present in infant bacteria. Cavities are the most infectious disease in children in the United States. By the age of 5, 40% of children have dental cavities. Parents need to take precaution at an early age to help minimize the potential for tooth decay. This includes, cleaning the gums of the infants as this soft tissue serves as a reservoir for bacteria even before tooth eruption.
Spooky and scary things can happen on Halloween and the effect it can have on your children’s teeth is enough to give you the chills. As the holidays approach and celebrations begin, parents worry about the effect excess intake of sugar can have on their children’s teeth. I say let them enjoy, but take a couple of precautions along the way.
Are you aware your dentist can play an important role in helping diagnose and treat Sleep Disorders? More and more dentists are becoming involved with the physicians that treat sleep disorders. During your dental exam the dentist will ask you questions regarding your sleep habits and snoring problems. Dentists should be involved in the over all health of the patient not just the condition of the teeth and gums.