Having good dental hygiene can be the difference between a long healthy life without pain, and a long unhealthy life with severe tooth pain and constant suffering. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing are the typical dental hygiene routines that every Long Island dentist will encourage their patients to perform at home on a regular basis. While this isn’t always going to prevent your teeth from ever having problems, it will help ensure they have a better chance at staying health and lasting longer. There’s always going to be the chance that your teeth will suffer from the occasional cavity, breakage due to an accident or outside force, or even gum disease which doesn’t always just affect those with poor dental health. When any of these things do occur, it’s good to know that your dentist on Long Island will be there to help you out through it.
Unfortunately for many patients, dental problems will occur no matter how well they maintain their teeth. When a cavity forms, the worst thing that you can do is to leave it alone and not get it taken care of. This can result in further damage to your tooth’s enamel, as well as running the risk of your tooth’s nerve being infected. Once an infection sets in, the only way to get rid of it is by taking antibiotics prescribed by your dentist on Long Island. They will clear the infection out, making it safe for the dentist to work on the tooth. If you don’t clear an infection out before they work on the tooth, you can run the risk of the infection entering your bloodstream as they work, which can spread the infection throughout your body and cause further health complications.
When a cavity or damage becomes too severe, a dentist may be required to perform a root canal on the tooth. This procedure involves them drilling into the tooth, and extracting the nerves from inside its roots. Once that’s done, they will fill in the hole they created and place a crown on top of the tooth. Usually this crown is made of porcelain or metal, depending on where the tooth is and what type of materials the dentist prefers to use.