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Old 06-04-2008, 09:13 AM   #1
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Can teeth just rot and fall out on there own?

I am just curious if adult teeth can just rot away and fall out on there own or would they have to be pulled?

 
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Re: Can teeth just rot and fall out on there own?

If they get bad enough, they can fall out.

 
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Re: Can teeth just rot and fall out on there own?

They can fall out, but by the time they get that bad, the infection may have spread into the gum or elsewhere, and you'd probably still need some sort of repair. Best to have a toothache or abscess seen to prompty.

 
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Re: Can teeth just rot and fall out on there own?

Grossly decayed teeth can rot down to the roots and usually the roots need to be extracted. Severe periodontally involved teeth can become so mobile they may fall out, but you will have lost significant soft tissue and bony support which complicates any prosthodontic replacement for those teeth. Don't let your teeth get to that stage.

 
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Re: Can teeth just rot and fall out on there own?

and lets not forget that along with that you may develop a heart condition because the plaque that's on your teeth somehow ends up in your arteries......

 
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Re: Can teeth just rot and fall out on there own?

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and lets not forget that along with that you may develop a heart condition because the plaque that's on your teeth somehow ends up in your arteries......
Good point, Rosequartz, but that's not precisely what happens. There is a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, meaning that people who have gum disease are more likely to get heart disease. The current theory is that having constantly swollen gums means you have inflammation in your body, and various inflammation-related substances in your blood. This inflammation then can damage the heart.

I don't know that anyone has ruled out an alternate theory: That people with bad gum disease and people with early heart disease may be making some of the same poor health choices.

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and lets not forget that along with that you may develop a heart condition because the plaque that's on your teeth somehow ends up in your arteries......
"May" being the important word here. Let's not get into scaremongering. Yes, there is a link between gum disease and heart conditions but that doesn't mean every single person who has tooth problems is going to drop down dead of a heart attack and frankly I am getting sick of clever people who like to point it out at every opportunity.

 
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