What Do You Do To Fix Your Rotten Teeth?
Rotten teeth can cause a great deal of pain, humiliation, and stress. Tooth rot, also known as tooth decay, dental caries, or cavities, can occur at any age. When left untreated, tooth decay can make your smile unsightly, give you bad breath, and hinder your ability to chew correctly.
Teeth become rotten when bacteria in the mouth eat away parts of the tooth structure, creating holes in the tooth called cavities, which lead to infected and rotten teeth. Rotten teeth that go unaddressed can also cause tooth loss. Fortunately, with advancements in dentistry, there are a great deal of straight forward treatments for repairing rotten teeth.
Signs and Symptoms of Rotten Teeth
Infected or rotten teeth are easy to detect, and most patients with rotten teeth will notice before going to the dentist. If you have a rotten tooth, you will most likely see lesions on the surface of your tooth caused by demineralization.
Typically, these spots appear dark brown or yellow. In some cases, you might be able to see visible decay, resembling a hole in the side of your tooth. Some of the most common symptoms of advanced tooth decay, include:
● Toothaches. Toothaches are the most common sign of rotten teeth. If you have a toothache, then you should see our dentist as soon as possible. Sometimes your toothache might go away on its own, but it is still important to schedule an appointment, as tooth decay will continue to increase and become worse. You might also notice extreme pain from hot and cold temperatures. When left untreated, the tooth can die and need to be extracted.
● Swollen or inflamed gums. Swollen gums around the area of your sore tooth are usually a symptom of advanced tooth decay or an abscessed tooth.
● Bad breath. Foul breath or a bad taste in the mouth might be a sign of an infected tooth.
● Change in tooth’s color. Brown, black, gray, or white spots on the teeth are signs of dental caries.
Early signs of tooth decay are more subtle than infected or rotten teeth, making it important to visit the dentist for routine screenings.
As we mentioned earlier, tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth that feeds on sugars from your diet and destroys your tooth enamel. There are a variety of risk-factors that can make your teeth more prone to decay:
● Poor dental hygiene by not brushing teeth, flossing, or going to the dentist will make your teeth susceptible to decay.
● Eating a diet that is high in sugar and carbohydrates increases the amount of acid created by bacteria in your mouth, leading to decay
● Lack of fluoridation can lead to tooth decay, as fluoride is known to prevent decay by making teeth more unaffected by acid.
● Not producing enough saliva can cause tooth decay, due to a lack of saliva to wash away acids and sugars that cause tooth decay. Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is often caused by taking certain medications, health conditions, or breathing through your mouth. Senior patients are more likely to suffer from dry mouth.
● Diabetes can cause tooth decay, due to high sugar levels in saliva and decreased immune function.
● Smoking or using chewing tobacco can cause tooth decay. Tobacco constricts the blood vessels in your mouth, making it easier for plaque to build up.
How to Fix Rotten Teeth with Dental Restorations
The level of treatment needed for your rotten teeth will depend on the severity of your tooth decay. If your tooth decay has made it past your enamel, you might require one or more of the following treatments:
● Cavity fillings. When detected early, you should treat cavities as soon as possible. A filling is a necessary treatment when a cavity forms a hole inside your tooth. During a cavity filling, we will use specialized tools to remove the decayed area, then fill in the hole with a restorative material, returning the tooth to its natural form.
● A dental crown. Crowns are necessary treatments when the tooth decay has advanced to a level where the tooth structure is badly damaged. Crowns, often referred to as caps, are a tooth-like structure that are placed over the rotten tooth, after the decayed area is removed.
● Root canal therapy. Root canal therapy is used to treat teeth with an infected pulp. Root canal therapies remove the diseased area of the pulp, and then they are often followed up with a dental crown to preserve the tooth structure of the damaged teeth.
● Teeth extraction. In severe cases when the tooth’s root is damaged, the tooth might need to be extracted. After extraction, we will advise a treatment plan to replace the tooth, such as a dental bridge, implant, or denture.
It is important that you don’t delay treatment for rotting teeth. Putting off dental treatments will lead to more decay, along with more involved and expensive treatments. With modern restorative dental treatments, we are able to fix your rotten teeth, and return them back to their full function, while cosmetically enhancing the appearance of your smile. Contact us to learn more about your treatment options.