If you notice a large bony bump in your mouth along the gum line that wasn't always there, it may be cause for concern. While all new lesions in the mouth should be checked by a dental professional, there is one that is both normal and benign: the torus. Read on to find out about this oral phenomenon and how it affects your dental care.
What Is a Torus?
A torus (plural: tori) is a bony growth that can occur along the upper or lower gumline near the tongue.
When it comes to braces, the image that most people conjure up is of awkward teenage years and metal mouths. But today's adults are embracing braces more than ever before. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the number of adults seeking braces increased to more than 1.2 million between 2010 and 2012 - a record high. Why?
Why Get Braces as an Adult?
Certainly, an improved appearance can help boost your chances of getting a job, moving up in a career, and even being paid more.
Deep cavities can lead to serious health problems if not treated in a prompt manner to prevent damage to the pulp chamber. It is in your best interest to seek help from a dentist while the cavities are causing you a lot of pain, as no more pain means the nerves in the pulp chamber have died. Learn why the pulp chamber of your teeth is so important and how you will have to be treated for deep cavities.
If you experience anxiety at the mere thought of going to the dentist, you're not alone. However, seeing a dentist at least twice a year is a must if you want to maintain your oral and overall health. Fortunately, dental offices have come a long way when it comes to providing a more relaxing and comfortable environment for patients. Still, there are certain dental anxieties that only you can overcome; here's your guide to dealing with three of the most common ones.
If you have moderate or severe pain, and notice a pocket of pus on your gums close to the tooth that is hurting, you probably have a tooth abscess. A tooth abscess is a collection of pus that results from a bacterial infection. When you have an infection that is not treated properly, it can turn into an abscess. This must be treated right away, so it helps to know the different signs of abscesses.