You might see a couple of extra pounds when stepping on the scale after the holidays, but a few extra inches to your waistline isn’t the only concern. The holidays can also be bad news for your smile. You don’t have to miss out on the festivities to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Here are 6 tips to enjoy the season without ruining your teeth.
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December 21, 2023
October 13, 2023
Dentists seek to preserve as much of their patients’ natural teeth as possible, but sometimes one tooth must be removed to protect the health of the rest of the mouth. Many people require tooth extractions at some point in their lives, and needing one does not necessarily mean that the patient has not been practicing proper oral hygiene. Here are a few reasons why a tooth extraction might be necessary and some of the benefits it could bring.
The Tooth Is Infected
Tooth decay begins as a cavity, often from chronically poor oral hygiene, but if left untreated, it will bore its way through the outer layers of the teeth to the pulp at the center. When the pulp becomes infected, the nerves within it send pain signals to the brain, resulting in a toothache. If this infection is allowed to continue, it can spread to other teeth, cause more extensive tooth loss, and even lead to dangerous secondary infections like sepsis. If an infected tooth cannot be saved by another procedure like a root canal, an extraction may be necessary to prevent it from spreading.
There Is Not Enough Room for the Tooth
Many people have their third molars, or wisdom teeth, extracted in their late teens or early twenties. This is because there is not enough room in the mouth to accommodate them in many cases. If one’s mouth does not have enough room for a tooth, it can crowd the other teeth and push them out of alignment. This makes teeth harder to clean and easier to injure and may lead to frequent headaches or other problems that are associated with a misaligned bite. In these cases, tooth extraction can preserve the alignment of a smile.
Sometimes, a tooth cannot erupt properly from the gums. A tooth in this condition is called an impacted tooth, and it can crowd other teeth, forcing them out of position and leading to infections that cause erosion of the jawbone. Teeth in this condition usually require surgical extraction.
The Tooth Is Causing Intense Pain
While toothaches are well known for being throbbing and miserable, the pressure between crowded teeth can cause constant and stressful pain throughout a patient’s mouth. In either case, this pain will have a major negative impact on one’s quality of life. Extracting teeth can be the only way to relieve their pain in some cases.
No dentist will recommend tooth extraction lightly. However, tooth extractions are common procedures that your dentist will be well prepared for, and anesthesia will make the process painless. While the recovery will probably involve some discomfort, you can look forward to a life after extraction without the pain that comes from infected or crowded teeth.
About the Practice
Cambria Smiles provides top-quality dental care that exceeds all expectations in Cambria, CA. Led by Drs. Ramandeep Badhan and Frank Fratto, the staff delivers measurable results for patients’ dental health in a warm and welcoming environment. Services include general, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry in addition to tooth extractions. To learn more about how an extraction can benefit you, contact the office online or dial (805) 927-4811.
August 16, 2023
Life can present unexpected challenges, especially for enthusiastic travelers accustomed to dealing with unfamiliar situations abroad. Among these unforeseen events, dental emergencies can be particularly vexing. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to recognize that you’re not completely helpless when confronted with such circumstances during your travels. Keep reading to discover how to manage urgent dental situations while overseas, guaranteeing the preservation of your oral health throughout your journey.(more…)
June 27, 2023
When facing a dental emergency, it’s crucial that you get quality care for your mouth. You’ll suffer pain, tooth loss, or worse if you don’t. Therefore, you’ll want to find a good emergency dentist ahead of time. Knowing one to see on short notice will improve future treatment results. Luckily, your local Cambria dental practice can help you with this search. To that end, here are four things you should look for in a good emergency dentist.(more…)
April 13, 2023
If you have recently chipped a tooth, you might be tempted to expect it to heal on its own. Unfortunately, tooth structure does not grow back, and neglecting to get your injured tooth repaired can lead to more serious oral health concerns. Here’s what you need to know about chipped teeth and how they should be treated.(more…)
February 24, 2023
Have you ever had a toothache? Having pain or discomfort in your tooth can make it difficult to complete tasks at work or school. It can also make it hard for you to sleep through the night, especially since toothaches often seem to get worse during this time. But why is that? Continue reading to learn about why toothaches are often worse at night time as well as how to get enough sleep until you can see your emergency dentist and receive the treatment you need.(more…)
December 23, 2022
Cosmetic dentistry refers to a variety of treatments that focus solely on the aesthetics of someone’s smile. It can be used to fix chips, cracks, misshapen teeth, gaps, discoloration, and more. Though treatments like porcelain veneers and teeth whitening are popular ways of fixing your smile, those and other cosmetic dental treatments have changed quite a bit over the year. Keep reading to learn about the history of cosmetic dentistry as well as the ways it’s evolved over the years.(more…)
December 12, 2022
Did you know your mouth is home to over 650 species of oral bacteria? While the thought might make you cringe, some bacteria are essential for a healthy mouth. However, some species can wreak havoc on your smile, increasing your risk of tooth loss. Too much bacteria can lead to bad breath, cavities, infections, and other preventable dental issues. With your oral and general health closely entwined, it’s important to keep bacteria levels under control. Here’s what you need to know to keep your smile healthy.
October 26, 2022
Over the years, you expect to see crow’s feet and a few gray hairs, but your smile can also show the passing of time. Discolored, worn, or missing teeth can make you look years older than your chronological age. Thankfully, you can turn back the clock with cosmetic dentistry. You don’t have to be rich or famous to look younger because there are solutions to fit all budgets. Here are 5 options to bring new life to your smile.
August 4, 2022
If you have a full denture, you may think you don’t need a dentist anymore. After all, the only teeth you have now are made of resin and porcelain. Doesn’t that mean your mouth will be fine from now on? However, this belief doesn’t hold up. In fact, it turns out there are good reasons to get dental checkups with dentures. Read on to learn four major benefits of continuing to see your dentist, even when your mouth is full of false teeth.(more…)