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What it Means to Have a Rotten Tooth

Posted on 2/20/2020 by Dr. Chapko
What it Means to Have a Rotten ToothThe word rotten really isn't very pleasant. No one wants to have that word used to describe anything on their bodies. Do you blame them? For a lot of people, rotten means that something in your house smells badly.

Perhaps it's decayed, and it needs to be taken out to the trash. If there is something rotten on your body, you could be very sick. When it comes to your teeth, what does it mean to have something that is rotten? Let us take a minute to tell you.

A Rotten Tooth Means A Really Bad Cavity

Tooth decay, which is another word for a rotten tooth, starts with a cavity. Did you know that? All of us have bacteria in our mouths. The bacteria work to help with food digestion. However, if you aren't taking good care of your teeth, that bacteria can turn bad in a hurry.

Without tooth brushing or flossing, bacteria can eat away at your tooth enamel. Over time, the bacteria can make a hole big enough and deep enough to reach the interior of your tooth, called the pulp. While your teeth are hard on the outside, they are soft on the inside. Your tooth pulp is full of tissue, blood vessels and nerves. Once the cavity reaches the tooth pulp, it causes an infection. Your tooth is said to be rotten. It may even turn black or brown.

When you have a rotten tooth, you need to come and see us right away. In some cases, we may be able to save your tooth. We could clean out the infection, and fill the hole left by the cavity. We may also be able to clean out the infection, fill the tooth with composite, and crown it to protect it. We won't know what we can do until you come in and see us. Why not take care of your rotted tooth by giving us a call today?
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