What Are Dental Abscesses And How Would a Mexico Dentist Treat Them?

If you suspect that you have a dental abscess see your best dentist in Tijuana in a minute. This severe infection is nothing to mess around with. Under the right collection of the wrong circumstances a dental abscess can even lead to death. In that scenario the infection spreads to the throat and can cause swelling bad enough for suffocation to occur.

Two types of infection are of concern to dentists. One is periapical abscess, the most frequently occurring kind. This one begins in the dental pulp. An abscess that starts in bones or other tissues that surround teeth is called periodontal abscess. Fluid typically collects in this soft gum tissue making the area extremely painful.

Most of these dental abscesses are caused when the formation of a cavity is not interrupted and continues to sink ever deeper into the tooth structures. Finally, the pulp tissue inside the root is involved and becomes infected. This pulp tissue dies and worsens the infection.

Other possible causes of dental abscesses are cracks in teeth or even periodontal disease. Regardless of the causes the extent of the dental abscess has the possibility of becoming very widespread. Bone and soft tissue can become involved. A condition known as septicemia or blood infection may result from a dental abscess that spreads to the contiguous blood vessels.

Septicemia as well as Ludwig’s Angina which can result in an airway constriction may result, albeit infrequently, from dental abscesses. Both of these are very serious outcomes and require emergency medical care.

Two traditional treatments exist for dental abscesses before more serious problems result. The first is extraction of the tooth. The second is a root canal which is the combination of a pulp removal (pulpectomy) followed by root filling. This filling material is not of the amalgam type used in surface teeth cavities. Rather a plastic called isoprene is melted and pored into the treated root. The whole process requires at least two office visits with a specialist called an endodontist. The second appointment usually is needed to place a cap on the treated tooth.

All-in-all any treatment for abscess is unpleasant at best. Pain relievers and antibiotics may help some before treatment but the extraction or root canal must still be scheduled. Only a very foolish person would neglect this needed treatment. Time will not heal this wound. The exact opposite is likely! The abscess can spread and cause other more serious problems.

By contrast most dentists can treat dental abscesses with extraction for relatively low cost. There are many other considerations that must be taken into account before electing between these two treatments. One is that a root canal may not solve the problem for very long. The tooth can still decay further and may eventually still need to be extracted.

How What you Eat Effects your Unborn Fetus’s Teeth!

Any Tijuana dentist will be able to tell you that what you eat can affect your fetus, and in particular the development of your baby’s jaw and future teeth. It’s not common for babies to be born with teeth, but this does happen in every one out of 2,000 to 3,000 births.

These kinds of teeth are called neonatal teeth and are usually an isolated incident but can be associated with various syndromes like;

Ellis-van Creveld syndrome
Hallermann-Streiff syndrome
Pierre Robin syndrome
Soto’s syndrome

So the pediatrician who finds natal teeth at birth may inquire about having your baby tested for these conditions.

The dentist will tell you that cleaning your infants teeth can be a simple process, whether natal teeth or neonatal teeth, which can erupt as soon as 30 days after birth. Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe down baby’s teeth and gums, then inspect their tongue and gums on a regular basis to make sure that the teeth aren’t causing undue irritation. These unusual teeth can be wobbly and not well attached so the doctor may wish to remove them at birth.

Nutrients for Your Fetus’s Teeth and Bones
Before birth however, you’ll be busy growing that baby and it needs lots of nutrients. Most women are surprised to learn that they don’t actually need to eat for two as the common saying goes, but they do need to find highly nutritious foods to help give the fetus all the vitamins and nutrients it needs to develop.

Some excellent vitamins and nutrients your dentist will recommend to take for yourself and your baby during and right before pregnancy are folic acid, calcium, vitamin D, and iron.

Folic acid and its counterpart found in nature, folate, can be extremely important for a growing fetus. Research has shown that not only will it prevent neural tube defects in a baby, but will help to prevent cleft palate while the jawbone and upper palate are forming in the fetus. To get the maximum benefit you need to take folic acid before you get pregnant, about 400 micrograms a day. Any good vitamin will include at least this much Folic Acid.

Calcium, of course is needed to build strong bones, even though your baby’s bones will still be soft when he or she is born. You’ll still want to take a lot of calcium during pregnancy to ensure that the baby’s bones form properly, especially in the face and jaw so they will be able to chew properly and will be able to support their first teeth. Doctors recommend about 1,300 milligrams a day of calcium while pregnant. In addition you’ll want to take Vitamin D, because it helps the body absorb and use calcium properly.

Lastly, Iron is important for women and babies during pregnancy. It will help keep you from developing anemia since your blood will be shared with the fetus. The baby is also looking to store up a large amount of iron, several months supply, for its first few months of life.

In addition be certain to keep up with your regular flossing and brushing. Scarborough dentists and other dentists around the world are starting to agree that cavities can be a disease that affects the rest of the body. After all, an infection of a very bad cavity can work its way to your brain and even your heart. So keep flossing and stay healthy.