It is always good to have some knowledge about the different kinds of dental conditions you might suffer from so that you know what dental treatments you might require. In the dental world, it is considered best to treat a problem as early as possible because it helps you avoid extensive treatment as you will see below.
Dental conditions are usually experienced through pain, swelling, bleeding and sensitivity, which can all be either severe or minor. If you experience any toothache, bleeding or swelling, you might have:
- a hole in your tooth
- something caught in between your teeth that did not come out after brushing (for example a piece of meat)
- a tooth infection
- a decaying tooth
- lost a tooth or teeth
- misaligned or crooked teeth, etc.
Due to the diversity of the things that could be wrong, the dentist needs to inspect your teeth to make a diagnosis. Sometimes, your dentist might request for a tooth x-ray to get a better image of your tooth or teeth. This helps in exposing the extent of the damage to your tooth or teeth. Here are some of the dental treatments for the problems listed above.
A Hole in Your Tooth
If you have a small hole in your tooth, the dentist needs to fill it using a procedure known as filling. However, if the hole is too deep, you might need a procedure known as a root canal, where the dentist removes the contents of the pulp cavity and fills it with a dental filling. This is an extensive procedure that may require two dental visits. If you visited the dentist when the hole was tiny, you could have avoided a root canal. That is why it is important to visit a dentist as early as possible when you start feeling some discomfort or minor pain.
A Tooth Infection
A tooth infection can result from a hole in your tooth, failing to brush or observe dental hygiene, an underlying dental illness, etc. You might either require oral medication, a mouthwash treatment, filling, a root canal, tooth removal, etc.
A Decaying Tooth
Minor tooth decay can be treated through fluoride treatments or filling. If you have severe tooth decay, you might need a new crown, a root canal or a tooth extraction.
If you lose a tooth, you might need the gap filled. Your dentist can either recommend dentures or dental implants. Dental implants are, of course, the best in terms of aesthetics and comfort, but they are expensive and require surgery.
Misaligned or Crooked Teeth
Crooked or misaligned teeth can cause discomfort and are also not pleasant to look at. To align them, your dentist or orthodontist uses braces. You might come across permanent metallic braces, Invisalign, clear correct, invisible braces, etc. Your choice depends on your condition, dentist's recommendation, preference and whether you can afford the treatment.