Pain caused by untreated teeth, tooth loss

Those who have experienced toothache often say they wouldn‘t wish their enemies to suffer the same disposition, and this statement is not without foundation. Unfortunately, „the hardy“ patients often live with the constant pain caused by caries and go see their dentist only when inflammation has reached the nerve inside the tooth, when painkillers are no longer of any help.

Toothache and issues with self-medicating

You must understand that painkillers only target the symptom, e.g. they soothe the pain, but not its direct reason which is the root canal infection and inflammation. That is exactly why prolonged use of painkillers only extends the damage that harmful bacteria cause to your teeth.

Toothache can cause complications treating the infected tooth because the use of painkillers sometimes doesn‘t allow to locate the area where pain is experienced.

Don‘t be fooled: a soothed toothache doesn‘t necessarily stop the harmful damage caused by bacteria in the infected tooth
Don‘t be fooled: a soothed toothache doesn‘t necessarily stop the harmful damage caused by bacteria in the infected tooth
Toothache is a serious reason to see your dentist; painkillers won‘t eliminate the cause, they will only make it more acute
Toothache is a serious reason to see your dentist; painkillers won‘t eliminate the cause, they will only make it more acute

Heavily crumbled teeth are impossible to restore by filling and need to be equipped with prostheses

It‘s not always possible to restore by filling the condition of teeth heavily affected by caries. The most important thing is to preserve at least a small part of the original tooth, in which case it can be equipped with a prosthetic crown. In case the patient is lucky enough to preserve at least a small part of the original tooth that is also suitable for being equipped with a prosthesis, he can be considered very fortunate in contrast to complete tooth loss.

At this stage, the tooth can still be treated, however, filling it will no longer be of any use – it will have to be equipped with a prosthetic crown or post and core
The treated tooth is covered with a firm ceramic or porcelain crown or post and core

Untreated teeth will eventually be lost

If you are too late to see your dentist and once examined you are told a tooth can no longer be treated, the only option is tooth extraction. Since human teeth experience a natural cycle of change only once in childhood, we should have as an aim to preserve our teeth healthy for life.

Teeth are extracted only in extreme cases, when treatment is no longer an option
The importance of lost teeth is often understood only once we lose them

In case of tooth loss, these are the options left:

  1. Remain toothless with multiple issues and health concerns.
  2. Restore the lost teeth by means of reliable procedures
    • Polish lateral teeth, using prosthetic teeth that replace the lost ones – healthy remaining teeth are made deficient in order to accommodate the prosthetic ones.
    • A larger part of lost teeth can be replaced by removable partial/complete dentures.
    • Inserting one or several dental implants is a unanimously more favourable decision than dental prostheses without implants.

It‘s worth mentioning that dental prostheses without implants do not stop the deterioration of the jawbone. If one has had partial jawbone loss and opted for dental implants, he would have to go through much more complex and expensive medical procedures.