Oral Concern Terms: Same Or Different?

If you are like a lot of our Virginia Beach, VA practice’s patients, then sometimes you have questions you would really like answered about two things you think are identical within the dental world. Only, you’re not entirely sure. You’re also a little (or a lot) shy about bringing up such details to your Virginia Beach dentist because you don’t want to embarrass yourself. To this, we say: We completely understand that sometimes, terminology, common used phrases (whether right or wrong), and more come into play and can leave you confused about the simplest things! So, we aren’t here to judge! Instead, we would really love to clarify! Let’s get started with some common questions and answers.

Cold Sores And Canker Sores?

We want you to remember that when it comes to sores, patients are often confused and that’s perfectly okay! The thing that isn’t good, though? Ignoring sores that you cannot identify or that do not clear up on their own. So, if you notice changes, remember that it’s always smart to visit our team when you need us. As for the clarification you seek: A cold sore is a form of the herpes virus that is contagious and that forms blisters on the outer part of your mouth (like your lips). A canker sore is not contagious, is not herpes, and that shows up as an ulcer within the inner lining of your mouth. They’re not the same!

Bridges and Partials?

Again, these are two different means of treating one issue! Both are replacement solutions for partial tooth loss. However, they’re not identical. Your Virginia Beach dentist reminds you that a partial is a removable denture that can address just about any amount or configuration of missing teeth (just not a full arch). A bridge is fixed in place and it will allow you to replace up to three in-a-row teeth.

Tooth Decay And Cavities?

These are essentially the same thing! Tooth decay is the progressive oral disease that causes the rotting away of your tooth tissue, which leaves you with a hole (called a cavity) in your tooth. Remember, all it takes to stop this issue and to repair your tooth is to visit your Virginia Beach dentist for a beautiful tooth-colored filling!

Get Your Smile Care Terms Sorted Out! 

Learn everything you could ever want to know about dental care terms and how to keep your smile clean, when you visit our practice for your dental checkups and cleanings! Ready for more info? Schedule one today! Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach and all surrounding communities.