Have you ever found yourself sitting around, wondering about the types of things that can go wrong with your oral health? We certainly hope you spend most of your time focusing on ways to keep your smile healthy and safe (such as doing your best to stay on top of your dental hygiene, cleanings, and exams). However, we understand that curiosity can get the best of anyone and may get you thinking about the more obscure details within the world of dentistry. While decay and misalignment are not closely linked, there’s certainly an underlying relationship to be explored. Let’s learn more!
When Decay Progresses
When tooth decay affects your tooth, a portion of your enamel is eaten away by acids. This is generally the result of bacteria within plaque that release these acids when they feast on the sugars and other food particles in your mouth. If you treat the decay (such as with a filling) then it stops. Your tooth is whole and healthy again. If you don’t, however, then the decay is going to keep eating your tooth away. The problem here is that you can end up with a lot of tissue loss, breakage, and even serious infection. Worst-case scenario: We have to extract the tooth, which can lead to negative oral health consequences.
About Those Consequences
Under optimal circumstances, your tooth loss occurs when you come to see us and we extract the damaged tooth, removing any existing infection. Now, your oral health is mostly in good condition again except for the open space, which leaves your smile incomplete. If you agree to replacement, all is back as it should be. If not, your still standing teeth will eventually make a move (in the direction of your tooth loss opening). The result? Misalignment can occur. Now, how’s that for a good reason to agree to a dental filling when a cavity shows up?
ABOUT YOUR TYLER, TX, DENTISTS:
At DentaCare Dental in Tyler, TX, we focus on advanced technology, education, and comfort to offer every patient a pleasant experience and excellent dental care. To schedule a consultation, call our Tyler, TX, office today at (903) 215-8223. For optimal convenience, we also serve patients at our other location in Longview, TX.