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Signs You May Have a Rotten Tooth

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Good oral hygiene is about more than an attractive smile. It’s necessary for healthy teeth. A lack of hygiene can contribute to a variety of oral health issues, especially rotten teeth. When plaque builds, it can cause decay, which can eat away at the tooth. If a rotten tooth is left untreated, it can fall out, but it can also affect the teeth around it. 

What Does It Mean To Have A Rotten Tooth? 

A rotten tooth is also referred to as tooth decay. It occurs when an area of the tooth is permanently damaged. This is why it’s important to have regular dental checkups, as most people don’t realise they have a cavity. When a cavity is left untreated, it can lead to rotten teeth. 

As for what causes the problem, there is more than one contributing factor. Rotten teeth generally come as a combination of poor dental hygiene, dietary issues, fluoride deficiency, and dry mouth. If you have grooves in your teeth, these dental crevices can make effective brushing difficult. This increases the risk of plaque settling into your teeth and can lead to rotting. 

Dental sealant is an effective way to protect teeth against plaque, but it can only be applied to healthy teeth. In infants, the risk of tooth decay is heightened when they fall asleep with a bottle in their mouth. Or, if you dip their dummy in honey. Both of these instances can cause sugar to collect around teeth, leading to decay. 

Signs You May Have A Rotten Tooth 

One of the most obvious signs of a rotten tooth is a hole. However, if you find that your teeth are sensitive to cold or hot, you have bad breath, a toothache, or swelling, this can also suggest you have a rotten tooth. Likewise, spots often appear on rotten teeth. They can be white, black or brown. 

If you have an unpleasant taste in your mouth, this can also be a sign that it’s time to see an emergency dentist. If there are visible pits or holes in your tooth or teeth and it hurts to bite down, you are likely dealing with advanced decay. In severe cases of rot, there may be pus and swelling around the affected tooth. At this stage, the pain is likely interfering with your ability to sleep and eat comfortably. 

Rotten teeth can appear in people of all ages. In children, the symptoms are the same as described above. However, children are also often irritable and feverish, with swollen gums.

When To See Your Dentist 

If the rot has resulted in a small cavity, the dentist can hopefully reverse the issue. In a more advanced rot, a filling is the most likely solution. And, in the cases of severe rot, you may need a root canal or extraction. In the case of extraction, your dentist can replace it with an implant, denture or bridge. You should make regular visits to your dental hygienist to maintain clean and healthy teeth. Likewise, it’s important to see your regular dentist on an annual basis. If you catch decay at its earliest stages, the outlook is positive. Not only will it be a cheaper fix, but it will be less invasive. Early intervention may save you from tooth loss or infection. 

If you want to discuss the cost of dental implants, you are interested in dental veneers, or want to stay on top of your dental health, Aesthetic Dental & Denture Clinic can help. We provide a variety of treatments on Afterpay Dental, and as your local Camden Dentist, we can help you with wisdom teeth, teeth whitening, dentures, veneers, and beyond.

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A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we offer two types of denture, complete and partial. Complete dentures are necessary when all your natural teeth are missing. A partial denture is used when some natural teeth remain. If you are having extractions, we can also provide you with an immediate denture. This is often an interim denture so you can avoid the embarrassment of being without teeth.

A denture usually lasts between five and seven years. Time and natural changes in the mouth will affect the fit and wear patterns of your denture. If your denture is worn and doesn’t fit as well as it used to, it may require a repair or reline. Having your denture checked every two years will help to ensure a proper fit and by following your denture care instructions, you’ll extend the life of your replacement teeth. 

Dentures don’t last forever. Dentures usually last between 5 to 7 years and need to be relined every 1 to 2 years. Over time dentures become worn and don’t fit as well, so it’s important to reline them regularly. The better you follow your denture care instructions, the longer your replacement teeth will last. 

It is advised that you visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and clean. This will help to prevent any major oral health issues from occurring. However, if you have bad breath, bleeding gums, discoloured teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, tooth or jaw pain it is advised to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we know attending the dentist can be difficult for nervous and anxious patients. We offer a number of options to help make your next visit as calm and stress-free as possible. Contact us today and a friendly dental technician will be able to give you all the options available. 

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