Heavy Dental Tartar Can Knock Down Teeth

Mandibular lower central incisor ("front tooth") with heavy Dental Calculus

This man in his late 50s is having this huge Dental Tartar deposit in his mouth around his lower front tooth. I rarely come across such huge dental calculus deposition.

I have been persuading this gentleman for the last 4-5years to get this tartar removed. However, he is quite reluctant. He comes to me once in while for taking medicines for an occasional ulcer that he gets at the floor of his oral cavity —because of the irritation from this dental calculus.

Sometime back this tooth which you are seeing in this photo was not that shaky…but now due to huge calculus it has been literally pushed out of its seat and is freely mobile. But patient is still not willing to get it removed.

Two days ago, I have removed major portion of his calculus and once again told him to come for follow-up after 2-3 days.

What is so new about this case? —absolutely nothing—just to revise our lesson that unattended dental problems do not go away—they are always there to pose bigger problem.

I am reminded of a beautiful saying – a stitch in time saves nine.


About drparveenchopra

Dr Parveen Chopra is Masters in Dental Surgery.. with 35 years of experience in dentistry. For trying his hand in health writing, he studied Communication for seven years. He is a blogger since 2007- he enjoys writing in conversational style.
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