Why a hole in the tooth needs to be treated as quickly as possible and what treatment options are available?
A hole in the tooth is unfortunately not an uncommon case, but due to Germany’s number one disease – dental caries. Statistics show tooth decay in 99 percent of the population. Caries can only be suppressed by educating patients – we want to make our contribution to this.
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What causes a hole in the tooth?
The human oral cavity provides the habitat for countless microorganisms. About one million microbes live on every square centimeter of the oral mucosa. Not everyone poses a risk to human health.
The hole in the tooth belongs to the group of bacteria (Streptococcus), which mainly colonize teeth and adjacent areas. They are ingested with the food and stick to rough or inaccessible places between the tooth and gums.
The bacteria live on food residues, the sugar content of which they convert to acid and excrete />
How long does it take for a hole to develop?
The exact time it takes for a hole to be identified cannot be generally defined in days or weeks. Basically, the decomposition process runs slowly but continuously. Individually distinguish the time steps from person to person. Lifestyle and eating habits have a decisive influence on the timeline.
Sugary foods and drinks have an accelerating effect on the process. The consumption of coffee, tea and smoking also favor the development of the disease. The living conditions of the bacteria improve through the exemplary consumption habits mentioned. You can reproduce faster.
Good dental hygiene at home slows down the course of the disease considerably. In this case, the livelihood of the bacteria is withdrawn as much as possible. If toothache indicates a hole in the tooth, then the tooth destruction has definitely progressed.
What should you do if there is a hole in the tooth??
The first mild symptoms such as toothache often go away on their own. As a result of this, many patients lack the initiative to see the dentist. Ignoring the body’s warning system "pain" is le />
The disease has already penetrated the protective enamel. Acid now attacks the dentine. The hole in the tooth gets deeper and sooner or later reaches the nerve. Instead of a slight uncomfortable feeling, the result is stinging toothache.
The most important rule for first toothache is: Go to the dentist as soon as possible.
How can a hole in the tooth be prevented??
A hole in the tooth can be avoided by correct prevention. The following factors have a preventive effect on caries formation:
– Defense mechanisms of the body
– Domestic dental hygiene
– Dental prophylaxis
How does fluoride remineralization work??
The human body counteracts any health threat with countermeasures. Minerals (fluorides) in the saliva fit into the tooth structure and harden the tooth enamel. (Limitation of hereditary disposition).
The prerequisite for the defense against the bacterial acid attack is the correct composition of the saliva. So that it really has a remineralizing effect, there should be no food residues in the mouth. Low sugar content in saliva secretions is enforced by breaks between meals and sugar-free drinks.
Domestic dental hygiene works for that "Self-healing effect" opposite. Regular brushing removes deposits and at the same time deprives the bacteria of their livelihood. Fluoride toothpastes and fluoride floss have a cleansing and remineralizing effect. The interplay between dental floss – interdental brushes and alcohol-free mouthwash has an antibacterial effect in inaccessible places. When on the go, sugar-free chewing gum can take over the function of the usual dental care after eating.
In dental prophylaxis, the prophylaxis assistant cleans the teeth and gum pockets thoroughly. Then teeth and tooth necks are coated with fluoride varnish.
Which secondary complaints and illnesses can arise?
From the perspective of possible health consequences, a hole in the tooth is no small matter. The least evil is the bad breath resulting from caries formation. Pain and the long-term destruction of the tooth result from untreated disease development. At the same time, healthy teeth are becoming infected. The disease is spreading.
If still no dentist intervenes to treat tooth decay, inflammation occurs. Tooth infections are known as the starting point for rheumatic complaints, muscle diseases, joint pain and other clinical pictures. The entire immune system is weakened. In the worst case, an untreated tooth can even lead to death.
How does the dentist treat a hole in the tooth without pain??
Which treatment method is necessary to combat caries is directly related to the progress of the disease. If caries is detected at the earliest stage, it may be sufficient to polish the affected area and regenerate the tooth enamel. At the first signs of pain, the patient will unfortunately not be able to avoid the drill: the hole in the tooth is ground under local anesthesia or, in the case of anxious patients, in deep sleep and sealed with a filling.
To consult the dentist late is only hope "Last second tooth rescue". In the first stages, caries disease can still be treated very easily and without high costs. Affected areas are simply removed and the hole filled with porcelain, gold or amalgam at the expense of the health insurance.
The patient pays for the progress of the disease by inactivity at the right time, with unnecessary pain and rising treatment costs or tooth loss. A visit to the dentist too late can be with one dentures (for example a crown) or even tooth loss and a necessary bridge.
How can regular visits to the dentist prevent tooth decay??
Serious control of dental health is unfortunately not a trifle that everyone can do when brushing their own teeth. In addition to self-monitoring, a visit to the dentist must be scheduled at least twice a year without symptoms. In the case of acute dental diseases, visit intervals every three months are advisable.
The exact visual inspection of each tooth enables the dentist to identify tooth decay very early. In the event of suspected caries, the options for an extended diagnosis are available in practice. (Examples: cold test or X-ray). The earlier tooth decay is treated, the greater the chances of lasting treatment success.
The preventive visit to the dentist permanently eliminates the risk of tooth decay.
Aesthetic aspects – caries excludes society
Dental caries don’t just cause physical pain. The consequences of caries disease are clearly noticeable in the social environment. Bad breath has already been mentioned as a side effect of tooth decay. Even family members keep their distance when the bad breath smells.
Tooth discoloration (lesion) is one of the clearly visible consequences of dental caries. The carefree, radiant smile disappears behind her hand. The restriction affects the psyche of the patient concerned, both professionally and privately. Professional vigor is lost. In private, tooth decay can lead to social isolation. No one should let it go that far. The dentist restores tooth aesthetics and fresh breath – it can cure tooth decay and make the consequences invisible.
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