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Conditions Treated by Dentists


Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is the destruction of tooth material, which includes: Enamel-the hard outer surface of the toothDentin-the second softer layer beneath the enamelPulp-the inside of the tooth containing the nerve and blood supplyRoot-the area of the tooth anchoring it in the bone

Tooth Abscess
A tooth abscess is a sac of pus (infected material) in a tooth or the gums. There are two types of tooth abscesses: Abscess of the pulp (blood and nerve supply inside the tooth)Abscess between the tooth and gum

Thrush
Thrush is a fungal infection of the mouth caused by an overgrowth of the yeast organism Candida albicans. Thrush usually begins on the tongue and inside of the cheeks and may spread to the palate, gums, tonsils, and throat. In severe cases, the infection may spread to the larynx (voicebox), digestive tract, respiratory system, or skin.

Teething
Teething refers to the eruption of a child's first set of teeth, which may cause sore gums.

Primary Teeth

Gingivitis
Gingivitis is a mild, often reversible form of gum disease. In gingivitis, there is inflammation of the gum tissue, which surrounds the teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to a serious condition called periodontitis (inflammation of the support tissue and bone).

Oral-Facial Clefts
An oral-facial cleft is a birth defect. A cleft lip is an opening in the upper lip, usually just below the nose. A cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth (hard palate) or in the soft tissue at the back of the mouth (soft palate). In the majority of cases, a cleft lip and cleft palate occur together.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is a group of genetic disorders that affects movement and sensation in the limbs. The disease progresses slowly and causes damage to the peripheral nerves that control muscles and transmit sensation.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common illness in infants and children. It is characterized by fever, sores in the mouth, and a rash with blisters. It occurs in warmer months and is transmitted primarily between humans by direct contact with secretions from the nose and throat, saliva, fluid from blisters, or the feces of those who have HFMD.

Impacted Tooth
An impacted tooth is a tooth that is positioned against another tooth, bone, or soft tissue so that it is unlikely to fully erupt through the gums to reach its normal position in the mouth.

Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis
Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG) is a serious infection of the gums that causes ulcers, swelling, and dead tissues in the mouth. Although a very painful condition, it can be healed with treatment.

Dentist Frequently Asked Questions


What Conditions does a Dentist Treat?

Dentists diagnose and treat problems with teeth and tissues in the mouth, and help to prevent future problems. Your dentist may give you instructions on proper diet, brushing, flossing, the use of fluorides, and other elements of caring for your teeth. During a visit they may remove tooth decay, examine x rays, fill cavities, straighten teeth, or repair a fractured or chipped tooth. A dentist can also replace missing teeth using dentures, administer anesthetics, and write prescriptions for necessary medications.

What Procedures do Dentists Perform?

Once properly diagnosed, dentists can perform dental extractions, dental implants, dental restoration, inlays, onlays, fillings, root canal, crowns, bridges, plaque removal, veneers, debridement, preventative home care education, and fluoride treatment.

When Should I See a Dentist?

Your dentist will decide how often you need to visit after evaluating the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums. Most dentists will recommend coming in for a check-up every six months. Keeping a regular schedule for exams and cleanings allows the dentist to keep track of developing problems. They will check the gums for periodontal disease development and possibly take x-rays to find and treat any cavities.

What Should I Consider When Choosing a Dentist?

When selecting a local dentist, here are a few questions to ask:

  • Does your office accept my insurance?
  • Are you Board Certified?
  • Are you a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)?
  • Does the dentist specialize in any specific area?
  • If I notice a problem, how quickly can I get an appointment?
  • Do you offer evening or weekend hours?
  • Will I be seeing you or an assistant when I visit?
  • Do you have patient references available?
  • How often do I need to visit the dentist?
  • Do you incorporate laser technology?
  • Do you use advanced technology for oral cancer detection?

Finding a Dentist

Start your search right here on ThirdAge.com. Find local dentists near you, read reviews from other users, view ratings, or compare other important information. You can also ask friends, colleagues, or other people you know for a recommendation. You may also call your state's board to see if the dentist is licensed or has any complaints against them, or visit the ADA's website to see if the dentist is a member.