People develop widespread dental damage for a number of reasons. For some it is a lack of proper oral hygiene over an extended period of time. Others keep up with most elements of oral hygiene but skip out on routine dental visits. Genetics and injury can both play a role in the condition of teeth and gums. If you have widespread damage to your teeth and gums, you have some options for treatment. Understanding those options will help you determine what level of care you need and if you should seek out a dentist who focuses on patients like yourself.
Learning to help patients who have tooth decay is an essential element of becoming a dentist. Any dentist can help you deal with basic levels of decay. In the early stages, decay can be halted and repaired with fillings. Widespread decay, however, may require different types of intervention and potentially a different type of dentist. When you get deep decay in a tooth the dentist may have to remove a large portion of the tooth to get rid of the decay. This can result in you losing some or all of the function of that tooth. In this situation you will need additional dental work. Porcelain crowns are a potential option because they are placed over your natural tooth. Sometimes the decay leads to tooth loss. Treatment options in that situation include dental implants, bridges, and dentures. If you find yourself in a situation where you need porcelain crowns or some type of tooth replacement, consider going to a prosthodontist. Prosthodontists receive additional training in creating and fitting crowns, dentures, bridges, and implants.
An injury to your mouth can result in widespread damage to your teeth. A car accident, a fall, or some type of hit in the mouth can all cause you to have multiple teeth that are chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged. In this situation, you need to look for a dentist who offers a long list of cosmetic and restorative procedures. Procedures like porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and dental implants may be necessary to get your smile back on track.
The early stage of gum disease – gingivitis – is relatively easy to treat and completely reversable. As gum disease progresses, the treatment options become more involved and the damage can be irreversible. Serious gum disease can cause your gums to recede and separate from your teeth. If left untreated, it will eventually lead to tooth loss. Serious gum disease may require treatment like tissue grafting. For this type of treatment, it is a good idea to seek out a dentist who has training and experience with the procedures.
All dentists are trained to treat a wide variety of dental issues. Some choose to receive additional training in specific areas of treatment. If you have widespread dental damage because of decay, injury, or gum disease, it is worth your time to explore the training and qualifications of the dentists you are considering.
At Samuels Dental Arts, Dr. Berger and Dr. Samuels have both sought out additional training to best serve their patients. Dr. Berger is a prosthodontist and also has additional training in treating serious gum disease. Dr. Samuels has been working with patients for over thirty years and has continued his education with additional courses in cosmetic dentistry, IV sedation anesthesia, and jaw pain treatment. If you are ready to get help with your widespread dental damage, schedule an appointment at Samuels Dental Arts.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.