Proper healthcare is a basic human need. It is practically impossible to have good quality life when you are sick. This is a general concept that most people recognize. On the other hand, it is unfortunate that maintaining good oral health doesn’t enjoy the same recognition. In fact, it does not feature among the top health concerns for many individuals. This is a problem that leads to systemic illness for countless individuals every year. A simple toothache, for instance, can deteriorate into something worse — a tooth abscess. This infection can cause osteomyelitis, an infection in the jaw bone, and eventually end up in the bloodstream where things can really go bad.

This is also why a toothache should never simply be suppressed with painkillers. You need to book a dental appointment as soon as possible to have the problem treated, rather than simply mask it.

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The good news is that — barring injury — a tooth infection doesn’t appear overnight. They build up slowly from something as simple as a cavity. This is a problem that can quickly and easily be resolved with a filling, if you seek treatment. Let’s take a closer look at cavities and fillings:

Dental fillings are any material used to fill a cavity. Cavities are areas of tooth decay that form a divot or hole in your tooth. It’s important to get these cavities filled as soon as possible, otherwise, the cavity will grow and the tooth decay will spread.

When you have a cavity, your dentist will remove the area of tooth decay. A filling is then used to replace the removed tooth structure. Without a filling, you will likely experience worsening dental pain. If the cavity is left untreated for long enough, you may even need to have the tooth removed… Read more at Method Dental…

There are multiple materials available for dental fillings — amalgam, composite resin and porcelain being the most common. Do your research and definitely talk to the dentist to determine the material that will work best for your unique circumstances.

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Understanding Tooth Pain: When Treatment Is Essential

When treatment is not sought in a timely manner, a cavity or infection may compromise so much of the tooth material that the tooth cannot be saved with a filling. In this situaton, tooth extraction may be the best (or only) option. Here is some good info on tooth extractions:

To fit most cases, there are two types of dental extractions:

Surgical Extraction

A surgical extraction is used when the tooth has not fully broken through the gumline, so an incision in the gums is necessary to reach the tooth. If needed, the tooth could be cut into multiple pieces. Extraction surgery is generally used to remove impacted teeth or overcrowded teeth, like the wisdom teeth.

Simple Extraction

A dentist may perform a simple extraction when the tooth is visible above the gumline. The tooth may be loosened with a tool called an elevator before the crown and root are removed from the jawbone and gums. This method is generally used when a tooth is infected, severely decayed, or not able to be saved. Read more at Dental Works Easton…

A tooth extraction can provide welcome relief if you have been experiencing severe toothaches due to severe cavities or injury. But, what about the gap that is left in your smile? Your dentist will have a solution to that, as well.

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There are various methods of tooth replacement available — with dentures, implants and traditional bridges being the most common. You can take a deeper dive into the details of dentures in the following post:

People wear dentures to replace lost or missing teeth so they can enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. Dentures are made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal.

A ‘complete’ or ‘full’ denture is one which replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw.

A ‘partial’ denture fills in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth. It may be fastened to your natural teeth with metal clasps or ‘precision attachments’.

Why should I wear dentures?

Full dentures, to replace all your own teeth, fit snugly over your gums. They will help you to eat comfortably and speak clearly, and will improve your confidence and self-esteem.

Partial dentures replace teeth that are missing, and can sometimes be supported by the teeth you have left. If you have gaps between your teeth, then your other teeth may move to take up some of the space, so you could end up with crooked or tilted teeth. This could affect the way you bite and could damage your other teeth. Read more at Oral Health Foundation…

If you are experiencing toothaches or need a filling, extraction or tooth replaced, call Dague Dental Solutions today at (563) 386-9770 or use the contact form on our website to schedule a smile consultation with Dr. Jolene Dague, one of the top general dentists in the Quad Cities. She will assess your needs and recommend the optimal treatment plan.