What is a rotten tooth?


A rotten tooth is one of the final visible signs of severe decay, that’s penetrated right down the roots. When this happens, the tooth normally turns black and this is a sign that the tooth is completely dead. However, while many people think a dead tooth is OK to leave untreated, the fact is that once the tooth is dead, what’s inside slowly turns into decayed matter which can eventually cause a major infection.

Sadly, rotten teeth can’t really be treated other than by extraction. In some cases, a dentist might be able to save the shell of the tooth by performing a root canal, but if the structure has been severely decayed, then the tooth is only going to create more problems if it stays.

Normally, it’s wise to visit a dentist and hygienist every 6 months if you have good dental health or more regularly if you are suffering from tooth decay / gum disease. Visiting a dentist helps protect against rotten teeth as dentists can fill holes in teeth ensuring that there are no gaps for bacteria to squeeze into.

By brushing and cleaning teeth regularly, a rotten tooth need not happen. In the United States, dental cavities (decayed teeth) are the most commonly reported problem in children. The reason is not because children don’t care for their teeth, but due to the fact that there is so much sugar in many their diets. One of the best safeguards against rotten teeth is a healthy diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables and obviously good hygiene, brushing the teeth after every meal.

Unfortunately, many people are scared of dental extractions. The good news is that if you have a rotten tooth, the procedure will be relatively painless. A dentist can perform a simple extraction in as little as 20 minutes. The procedure might not be wanted, but it will help preserve remaining teeth, prevent gum disease and ensure that no further damage will occur.

Luckily, extractions are no longer the end of the world. While it’s true that dentures are no fun, these days, dental implants are available to replace teeth that have been lost. Essentially, an artificial (titanium) root to which a crown is then attached, these implants are expensive but they are also permanent and invisible.

For teeth that can be saved, often a root canal will be performed and then a crown, which is essentially a cap that goes on the top of the tooth, will be cemented into place after tooth has been cleaned and disinfected. This not only strengthens it, but ensures the tooth doesn’t need to be extracted. However, often rotten teeth need to be removed.

Today, more and more children have to get extractions due to tooth decay causing rotten teeth. Good hygiene and regular check-ups are essential in minimizing any problems that really will end up costing hundreds or maybe even thousands of dollars to fix. With just bi-annual checkups, you can save a small fortune from your healthcare bill.

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