“Hey, Timmy, the enamel of your tooth has been breached. I think you ought to go for a root canal”
You stand there trying to gauge the expression on the dentist’s face. The term ‘enamel’ does seem familiar, but you can’t seem to remember just what it means. On the other hand, you’re sure you have no idea what a root canal is. Perhaps, you never had much use for dental terms, which is understandable, most people don’t. But yes, you do wish you had more idea. In any case, the dentist appears fairly relaxed, which can possibly imply that there’s nothing serious.
“Ah, okay. That sounds cool.”
And the dentist stands there confused.
Just like there are certain accounting terms everyone ought to understand, there are also certain general dentistry terms that we ought to understand. Think of it as common knowledge!
When you smile, your front teeth – your incisors and your canines – are visible. What aren’t visible, are your molars and your premolars that are placed towards the far ends of your set of teeth. Your wisdom teeth, in any case, are your third set of molars, while also being your final four teeth.
When your tooth becomes decayed, infected, or abscessed to the point that the decay breaches your outer protective enamel and reaches the dentin and the inner pulp, it can safely be assumed that the damage can’t be reversed. Noticing the fact that the nerve structure of your tooth is dying, your dentist would most likely recommend the general dentistry procedure of a root canal treatment.
When an accumulation of bacteria or plaque gets overbearing for your teeth, it leads to inflammation of your gums or gingiva. This is a result of not taking proper care of your oral hygiene (which includes flossing regularly!). The condition is dangerous and must be treated as soon as possible to prevent the chance of future complications.
A dental implant is a common general dentistry procedure that makes perfect sense for those who need their teeth replaced. A metal frame is first surgically positioned into the jawbone, which then acts as a base for the dentist to then mount the replacement teeth. Once complete, you wouldn’t really feel that your teeth have been replaced.
Bruxism refers to as the conscious or subconscious grinding of the teeth (it commonly occurs during sleep) and it deserves a special mention on here as we want to discourage the normalization of such a condition. Tooth grinding is a problem and it must be seen as such.
Malocclusion is just the more formal general dentistry term that is used to describe a ‘bad bite’. This is a result of misaligned teeth that stop you from biting as you should be. But, did you know your bite doesn’t have to be uncomfortable? Our general dentistry procedures can help you get rid of a bad bite.
Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that strictly concerns itself with braces, dental retainers, and devices. As you might be aware, people commonly sport braces to fix their misaligned teeth, and that’s what an orthodontist does day in and day out.
If any of the above terms apply to you, it is advisable to visit the dentist to stay on the safer side. In any case, we shall be expecting you for the bi-annual dental visit, which is a crucial habit to have if you want to take sufficient care of your oral health. Book an appointment to get started!