If a tooth decays and the nerves or pulp (soft internal tissue which helps teeth develop) become inflamed or infected
If a tooth is cracked or broken and nerves are exposed
What is the best type of toothpaste?
This generally depends on any specific issues you wish to address with your teeth. There are toothpastes designed to whiten teeth, fight cavities, decrease sensitivity, prevent bad breath, resist gingivitis, and those specific to children (with lower fluoride content). There are also toothpastes that offer “complete” protection by combining aspects of many of the above toothpastes.
How often is a professional dental cleaning necessary?
It’s recommended to get a professional cleaning at least two times per year.
Are there any treatments for sensitive teeth?
Desensitizing toothpaste numbs the nerves in the teeth that can cause discomfort.
Mouth guard can protect against grinding teeth during sleep.
Fluoride treatment can be applied by dentists to sensitive areas to numb teeth and strengthen enamel.
Root canal can treat problems in a tooth’s core.
Surgical gum graft where a piece of gum tissue is removed from a section of the mouth to cover an exposed root.
Do I need to have my wisdom teeth extracted?
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but there are certain signs that can help you and your doctor determine if yours should be:
Wisdom teeth are pushing other teeth around, causing pain and misalignment
Cysts form around newly emerged wisdom teeth, causing jaw damage
Gums get inflamed and swollen, causing cavities and pain
Doctor determine from x-rays that wisdom teeth will cause problems in the near future