Then comes the more uncommon conditions. If you're experiencing something more unusual than a toothache, your go-to painkiller might not do the trick. In fact, it might make your condition even worse. That's why going to the dentist for any oral health problem is always the best idea.
Like any other condition, everything can be treated with proper supervision and care. Before that happens, it helps to understand the uncommon problems you might experience. Here are some you should take note of:
Having dry mouth or xerostomia is a condition in which your mouth does not produce enough saliva. A dry mouth increases your risk against more serious oral problems and infections. The lack of saliva also allows more bacteria to grow in your mouth leading to tooth decay and bad breath.
Although the effects are not as bad as they sound, people often ignore having a dry mouth despite feeling uncomfortable. As a result, the condition becomes severe, making it harder to treat. It can even cause further infections, passing on the bacteria from your mouth to your food, and eventually inside your body.
Oral herpes is a contagious disease that can affect even children. Mouth ulcers and swollen gums may allow a virus to enter your body faster.
Most people do not see it as an oral condition. As a result, we treat symptoms like swollen gums and mouth ulcers like simple oral infections. If left untreated, it will progress to more serious risks to your entire body.
Hypodontia or Excess Teeth
Hypodontia is a condition in which extra teeth grow close to your primary teeth. It usually happens to adults and may appear as irregularly-shaped teeth. While it doesn't cause much discomfort, it can lead to pain caused by pressure around your jaw or gums.
Aside from a swollen mouth, it can make your teeth looked crooked. Hypodontia may also be associated with other conditions such as abnormal skull development and other birth defects. Most cases of hypodontia do not require any treatment at all. A dentist can easily remove the excess teeth and recommend certain treatments for pain or discomfort.
Anodontia is the oral condition that you will least likely experience. It is a rare genetic condition in which a person is missing an entire set of teeth and usually happens to children after losing their first set of teeth without new ones growing back in.
The condition is not limited to a complete teeth loss. The absence of more than six teeth may also indicate anodontia. In such cases, artificial dentures or surgery is proposed as a treatment.
Germinated or fused teeth causing changes in the shape, size, and structure of your teeth which can give your smile a disfigured look. Germination or fusion is usually caused by the division of a tooth during primary development. It can be caused by both genetic and environmental factors.
The affected patient can choose from dental procedures and surgeries such as crown division, extraction, and prosthetic replacements. Before an official operation, patients should maintain proper oral health and hygiene to avoid the accumulation of plaque and bacteria in the mouth.
Experiencing Something Unusual?
If you think you might be having any oral health problems, booking an appointment with a dentist is the first and best course of action. Schedule a visit to the dentist today. You may call Rosa Dental at (916) 456-4000 and allow us to find the best schedule for you.