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Common Dental Concerns

Throughout the course of your life, many problems can happen to your teeth and mouth. Learning how to quickly treat these problems, and ideally prevent, these problems is a positive, proactive step to take in your oral health.
Cavities and tooth decay are so common that you may not take them seriously. Small cavities are most commonly filled, but if the cavity continues to grow and becomes larger, a crown will be needed. If the cavity becomes large enough to invade the nerve, a root canal and crown will be needed to save the tooth. If a large fracture occurs or there is severe decay, it may not be possible to save the tooth; removal and replacement may be required. It is much easier to treat the cavity earlier.

Complications may include:

  • Pain
  • Tooth abscess
  • Tooth loss
  • Broken teeth
  • Chewing problems
  • Serious infections
  • Oral Cancer In addition, when cavities and decay become severe and very painful, they can interfere with daily living. The pain may prevent you from going to school or work, for instance. If it’s too painful or difficult to chew or eat, you may lose weight or develop nutrition problems. Cavities that affect your appearance or result in tooth loss may affect your confidence and self-esteem, not to mention health issues, such as cardiovascular disease, GERD, IBS which can occur without adequate maintenance of your teeth. In rare cases, an abscess from a cavity can cause serious or even life-threatening infections when not properly treated.

Common Dental Concerns