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Does Tooth Decay in Baby Teeth Affect Permanent Teeth?

Cavities that are left untreated for a long time not only compromise the health of primary dentition but can also lead to an infection that can affect the underlying permanent teeth.

  • Decays in baby teeth should be diagnosed, treated, and then maintained by good oral hygiene practice, dietary guidance, and six-monthly regular appointments with the dentist.
  • Cavities (also called dental caries or tooth decay) in primary teeth (baby teeth or milk teeth) are not the single governing factor leading to compromised health of permanent teeth.
  • The bacterial content of a mouth full of cavities is very high. When the new permanent teeth start to erupt by the age of 6, these existing bacteria invade them leading to cavities in young erupting permanent teeth.
  • Cavities are caused by multiple reasons; poor oral hygiene and diet are the most common ones. Cavities that are left untreated for a long time not only compromise the health of primary dentition but can also lead to an infection that can affect the underlying permanent teeth.
  • Small cavities need small fillings, big cavities need big fillings. Cavities close to the nerve of the baby tooth should be evaluated for half or complete root canal treatments. The whole point of these treatments is to arrest the progressing decay, restore the baby tooth and maintain an infection-free environment for the permanent teeth to develop.
  • Where there is a lack of treatment for decayed primary teeth, bacteria continue to progress deeper into and through the root canals into the underlying bone. This may cause an acidic environment around the developing permanent tooth, the response to which is related to the age of the child and the status of development of the erupting permanent tooth.
  • Also, the bacterial content of a mouth full of cavities is very high. When the new permanent teeth start to erupt by the age of 6 years, these existing bacteria invade them leading to cavities in young erupting permanent teeth.
  • Decays in baby teeth should be diagnosed, treated, and then maintained by good oral hygiene practice, dietary guidance, and six-monthly regular appointments with the dentist.
  • Treated and maintained dental health of once-affected primary dentition can certainly lay a strong foundation for upcoming permanent teeth.
  • Thus, cavities in baby teeth need not necessarily lead to cavities in permanent teeth if necessary, treatments, routines, and prevention method are diligently being followed.

WISDOM BEHIND WISDOM TEETH

Wisdom teeth grow at the back of the mouth, behind your molars. There is a set on the bottom as well as the top. Wisdom teeth often grow crooked, sideways, or otherwise misaligned. As they grow in, they can push on other teeth, causing problems of overcrowding and misalignment for them as well. Though they do not contribute even to an iota of human intelligence, they are called wisdom teeth because they usually erupt very late in life, at an age when a person matures into adulthood and is wiser.

Function and Purpose of Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are believed to be “evolutionary relics,” and were helpful to our distant ancestors who ate diets that consisted of rougher foods like sticks and reed plants. As teeth wore down or fell out, wisdom teeth provided replacements. Nowadays, with modern advancements in oral hygiene and softer diets, we don’t need these replacement teeth, but they still grow. Essentially, our mouths can hold 28 teeth, but including wisdom teeth, we have about 32 teeth all vying for space. Wisdom teeth symptoms such as overcrowding, bone and nerve damage, infection, etc. can all result.

Wisdom Teeth Symptoms

Are your wisdom teeth coming in? Wisdom teeth symptoms can include:

  • Pain at the back of the mouth, behind the molars. This pain will gradually increase with time as the wisdom teeth continue to grow misaligned or sideways, pressing on nerves and bone, and crowding surrounding teeth.
  • Other wisdom teeth symptoms include pain, redness, tenderness, and/or swelling around the site. As wisdom teeth begin to erupt through the surface of the gums, this allows bacteria to enter through open tissue, which can result in infection. Oral infections have been shown to affect your overall health as well.
  • It is also possible for wisdom teeth to become impacted, a state in which the jaw bone or neighboring teeth block the teeth from erupting. They become trapped in place as their roots continue to elongate, and the longer they remain impacted, the more likely they are to cause problems for your oral and general health. Wisdom teeth symptoms due to impaction include severe pain at the back of the mouth, infection, and other complications. Foul breath, bad taste upon chewing food, redness, and swelling can all be signs of infection. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can breed cysts and, in rare cases, tumors.

Impacted wisdom teeth are prone to developing cysts (pockets of fluid) around them, which can damage the tooth and surrounding tissues, including bone. In rare cases, tumors can form around these cysts, complicating wisdom teeth extraction. The longer you hold off on seeking wisdom tooth pain relief, the more likely it is that you will require a more invasive surgical extraction procedure, or that the problematic teeth will permanently damage surrounding tissues.

It is also possible for your wisdom teeth to partially emerge from underneath the gums. In this position, it’s relatively easy for bacteria to enter through the opening around the tooth. By not seeking wisdom tooth pain relief, it’s more likely that you will experience an infection. The infection will result in increased wisdom tooth pain, redness, swelling, jaw pain, stiffness, and general illness. It is very easy for oral infections to enter the bloodstream and affect the entire body.

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