Keeping your teeth and gums healthy requires a personal daily habit of brushing and flossing and using an oral irrigation cleaner when necessary. Once you make a habit to complete oral cleaning during your morning and evening personal care routine, the process becomes easier. However, if you begin to neglect any part of your oral health practices, it can result in oral decay and loss of gum tissue. Here are some professional treatments your dentist can provide to repair and restore your oral health and get you back on track.
The root of your tooth keeps it stable inside your gums, and when the root's interior pulp becomes infected, it will need to be repaired and restored to save you from losing your tooth. Many times your dentist will recommend a root canal when you have had a cavity become severe enough that it has penetrated down into pulp of your tooth's root.
First, your dentist will numb your tooth with an injection, then drill to clean out and remove the tooth's infected pulp. They will next, rinse out the clean-out tooth interior and treat it with antibacterial ointment to prevent further bacteria growth. Once your root's decay has been clean out, your dentist will fill your tooth with a rubbery material and seal the tooth with a filling and a crown to top the tooth and protect it from further damage.
After you have had a root canal, it is very important to take care of the tooth and your other teeth to prevent further damage from decay.
Gum Disease Treatment
Neglect to your daily oral cleaning regime can lead to irritation and inflammation of your gums, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Plaque that collects on your teeth will harden into tartar without proper cleaning, and this hardened material will irritate your gums and cause them to recede from your teeth. Overtime, the infection will affect your teeth-supportive bones and ligaments to cause your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out.
In order to prevent tooth loss, your dentist can treat your gum disease with specific techniques to reverse and heal the affected gum tissue and tooth support tissues. Scaling and root planing is a treatment your dentist can do to scrape off and remove tartar and plaque from your teeth below the gum line. They will also smooth the surface of your teeth along the gum line to remove any rough areas where bacteria may collect. After this treatment your gums can regrow and attach onto your teeth, eliminating any pockets where bacteria collects and prevent further disease.