Would you know if you had an infection in your mouth?
If you have an infection in other parts of your body, there are usually some causes for concern like pain or discomfort.
This isn’t always true when it comes to your mouth.
You don’t usually experience any pain or discomfort until the late stages of decay and gum disease, and when the pain comes, it can be excruciating and unexpected. But that infection doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck with a smile you’re not happy with. Modern dentistry makes it easy for you to get the help you need before you risk losing your teeth.
What happens if my teeth become infected?
Because it can quickly spread to other parts of your body, gum and bone disease can be considered a severe medical problem that can only be treated by a dentist. Trying to treat it with antibiotics is like pouring a bucket of water on a forest fire.
If you have severely infected teeth, they need to be removed. Once a certain stage of infection is reached, your body will start to reject them. If your dentist suggests removing your teeth, your first instinct is probably to push back. But with the help of modern dentistry, you will be able to live your life with minimal complications. In most cases, you can still keep some of your teeth. The missing ones would leave gaps in your smile, but at least you would be healthy.
If you don’t want to worry about missing teeth, you can opt to replace the missing ones with All-On-4 implant dentures or regular dental implants.
Do I have to go to the dentist to treat infected gums and teeth?
Modern dentistry is your best friend when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.
The industry has evolved so much and it’s completely different from how it was in the past. If you’ve been avoiding going to the dentist because of the time commitment, financial constraints, or even negative experiences in the past, you’ll be pleased to know that there are solutions to almost every aversion to making an appointment.
If fear is holding you back, your first step is finding a dentist you can trust and who takes your health seriously. That’s where Dr. Andrea Stevens comes in. She’s a Kanata-based dentist who, along with her team, will make sure that you know all of your options and only suggest treatment that she’d feel comfortable recommending to her family and friends.