|Dental Plaque Can Lead to Serious Oral Health Problems
|Plaque is the sticky colorless film that forms on your teeth and areas below the gum line. It primarily consists of food particles and bacteria. Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth, so it is important you maintain your routine dental cleaning. When you don't brush and clean your teeth and gums properly, you have to deal with plaque.
The bacteria in plaque release toxins that tend to irritate your gums. As a result, your gums become inflamed, swollen, red, and bleed easily. When the irritation occurs for a prolonged period of time, the gums start separating from your teeth, leading to pockets or spaces that form. For individuals who do not brush and floss their teeth properly and as required, plaque hardens to form a rough, porous substance referred to as tartar or calculus. You may have tartar occurring above and below your gum line.
Allowing dental plaque to thrive in your mouth will contribute to gingivitis, a less serious form of gum disease. Many people will have gingivitis, but they may not realize it since the symptoms are mild. Although gingivitis may not progress to the serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis, in most cases, it always precedes periodontitis. The bacteria adhering to the surface of the teeth, along with an aggressive immune response to such bacteria will affect periodontitis, often making it get worse.
Often, when gingivitis advances to periodontitis, your gum tissue and bone will deteriorate. Without effective treatment and good oral care, the bone will further degrade just as the gum tissue, leading to loosening of the teeth. Eventually, your teeth come out. Luckily, you can prevent tooth loss arising from gum disease. Talk to our team to find out how you can care for your gums and teeth and prevent gum disease and tooth loss.
|When Is Surgical Extraction Of Your Teeth Necessary?
|Tooth extractions are common surgical procedures undertaken in most oral health facilities. It is a straightforward process that requires expertise from an oral surgeon.
A surgical extraction usually occurs because saving your tooth is not an option. It may be due to overcrowding in your mouth, disease, or trauma. You first go through an x-ray to examine the level of damage to your tooth. You are likely to need a tooth extraction if your tooth broke at the gum line, or when you have impacted wisdom teeth that require cutting part of your jaw bone and oral tissue.
For further assistance regarding surgical tooth extraction give us a call today!
|Impacted Wisdom Teeth
|The wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last of the teeth to erupt, coming in during your late teen years through your early 20's. They are also the most likely teeth to become impacted. Impacted teeth are those that cannot properly erupt, or cannot erupt at all, through the gums.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause serious issues, including infections, cysts, overcrowding, and damage to the adjacent teeth. To treat impacted wisdom teeth, they need to be removed. Removing impacted wisdom teeth generally involves a surgical procedure, which may also involve the removal of a small amount of bone or sectioning of the teeth and removing them in pieces.
If you or your teen are in need of wisdom tooth removal, contact us at Mountain State Oral and Facial Surgery today. We will be happy to schedule you for an appointment.