Dr. Al Danenberg ● Nutritional Periodontist
March 26, 2018
A dental problem can be similar to a splinter in your finger. The longer it stays in place, the more damage it can do to the surrounding tissues. Eventually, every part of the body could be affected by a dental problem.
Any of the following 11 dental problems may not cause any discomfort initially. But, each could cause swelling, spread of infection, and pain if not treated appropriately. They may cause difficulty in chewing your food, bad breath, and an unattractive smile. Also, they may create a weakened immune system.
Remember, the natural process of digestion begins in the mouth. If food cannot be broken down properly in the mouth, part of the digestion process could be compromised.
11 Dental Problems
- Broken or Infected Teeth: These allow bacteria to seep into microscopic crevices and break down the tooth surfaces as well as infect the gum and bone tissues. Deeper infection could cause the nerve of the tooth to die, creating an abscess.
- Broken Fillings: These could cause the same effects as a broken or infected tooth.
- Toxic materials used in tooth fillings: Some materials in dentistry produce chemicals that slowly leach out of the filling and eventually may affect the overall immune system. One of the most offensive materials is mercury in dental fillings. If your teeth need to be restored by a dentist, discuss this with your dentist and choose the least toxic material that dentistry has to offer. If you are having mercury fillings removed, make sure your dentist is trained in the correct and biological procedures to remove these fillings.
- Poor Dentistry: Sometimes a poorly designed filling or crown could cause bite problems. Bite problems could damage the tooth itself, the bone around the tooth root, or the jaw joint and the muscles of the jaw. Another result of poor dentistry is when the edge of a filling or crown was not sealed completely to the tooth surface. This would create a microscopic opening where mouth fluids and bacteria could enter and create decay under the filling or crown.
- Infections Inside Tooth (necrotic teeth): The nerve and blood vessels that live inside the canal of a tooth root are positioned like the carbon in the center of a pencil. If they die or become infected, toxic substances would push out of the tooth at the base of the root (like the pencil point at the writing tip of a pencil). These harmful products could then spread into the surrounding bone causing pain and swelling. Also, these could enter the blood system, affecting other parts of the body.
- Hopelessly Compromised Teeth: If a tooth becomes damaged in such a way that it can’t be repaired, it should be removed as soon as possible, or further infection or damage could occur.
- Splinters Under Gum: Generally, these are calcified remnants of bacteria attached to the roots of teeth much the same way as barnacles would attach to the bottom of a boat that sits in the water. They are called calculus or tartar. These are irritants to the surrounding gum and bone and can encourage further progression of an infection until they are removed.
- Chewing Forces Creating Unhealthy Pressures on Teeth: If one tooth hits another tooth for whatever reason and in such a way as to wiggle the teeth, problems could occur. These heavy biting and chewing pressures could crack the tooth or damage the surrounding bone and the jaw muscles. However, a dentist could smooth down and polish these “high spots” on the chewing surfaces. This frequently will eliminate the rocking of the tooth and solve the problems.
- Improper Position of Teeth: Poor positioning of teeth creates bite problems. These can be corrected by an orthodontist (a dental specialist who helps to move teeth using bands and wires or other appliances to get a healthier biting relationship). Aligning the teeth properly could help prevent future chewing or jaw problems and help maintain a healthy airway.
- Poorly Fitting Removable Partial & Complete Dentures: Dental appliances that rock and wiggle in the mouth can irritate the soft tissues. Also, clasps on a partial denture that attach to teeth to keep it in place might eventually weaken these teeth and damage the jawbone.
- Other Infections or Damage to Gum, Teeth, Bone, Jaw Joint, or Muscles of Mastication: A comprehensive examination by a well-trained dental practitioner could uncover other potential insults that may be occurring in your mouth causing unforeseen problems. An in-depth evaluation will take more than ten minutes. For my patients, I spend an hour doing a detailed mouth examination. The dentist also may need to take specific x-rays in order to see what may be hidden in the jawbone or the teeth.
Functional healthcare practitioners are concerned with determining underlying causes of disease. Unfortunately, few of these practitioners spend time to evaluate (1) how the mouth became infected and (2) how the mouth provides an additional source for the development of chronic systemic diseases. Be proactive with your mouth and seek out professional advice from trained biological dentists who know how to connect the dots between mouth problems and overall health.