Teeth? Maybe We Can Save Them!
It used to be that teeth with damaged or infected roots required
extraction. Because this can cause a variety of difficulties, it
should be a last resort. If you come into the office with an
infected tooth, or if we determine that dental decay has reached
the nerve of the tooth, it’s unfortunately too late for a simple
filling. The best way to save the tooth is a root canal. We
remove the tooth’s pulp chamber and fill it with a filling
material. In the early days of root canals they were quite
painful, which has earned them the reputation of something to be
avoided. Luckily, with modern anesthetics and technology, root
canals are often painless.
Have Unique Needs for Their Dental Care
Right along with our bodies, our teeth and gums change as we
age. Teeth can darken due to years of plaque buildup or
consumption of coffee, tea, or tobacco. We have several
procedures that can address these problems. If your medications
have caused a reduction in your flow of saliva, we offer simple
products that can help this condition. Some people have very old
fillings, which may have weakened or cracked. Regular check-ups
will allow us to stay on top of your existing fillings. Gum
disease and root decay can be major problems in seniors. Daily
cleaning and good nutrition are critical for healthy gums. If
your gums become red or begin to bleed or your teeth start to
feel loose, contact us immediately.
Third Molar Extractions
The third molars came to be called wisdom teeth because they
erupt later in life than all the other teeth, usually between
ages 17 and 25. With age comes wisdom, so the term “wisdom
teeth” came to be used.
These teeth erupt through the gums at the back of your mouth,
two each in the upper and lower jaws. Unfortunately, most of us
can’t fit these teeth in our mouths. The lack of room often
causes impaction, when they become enclosed in the bone of the
jaws instead of growing in straight. Impaction can cause a whole
range of problems. They push and crowd the other teeth, which
might cause these teeth to twist and turn. Cavities often occur
more easily in these teeth and the ones next to them, because
the crowding makes them difficult to clean. You can even get an
infection in the jaw bone.
It’s usually best if wisdom teeth are removed at a young age,
before problems occur and the bone in the jaw becomes denser,
holding tighter to the teeth. Dental Group of
Meriden-Wallingford offers IV sedation to help patients through
this treatment. See the “Your Comfort” page for more
If you have questions
about any of these procedures, our dental team would be happy to
help you. Give us a call at (203) 235-5588.