Bad Teeth

What can be done about bad teeth?

Bad teeth and gums

Is it possible to fix really bad teeth? Of course. Dentistry is not just about patching up holes and cavities, but rather improving the oral health foundation to prevent further problems and improving the aesthetics of a smile that's fallen into disarray. At our London clinic, you'll never be judged for having bad teeth, we've worked with thousands of patients with the prime goal of restoring their smiles and renewing their confidence. We know it's not always easy maintaining a smile, especially if you weren't born with the best proportions. Book an appointment to discuss your smile.

Treatments for bad teeth - can rotting teeth be saved?

Depending on the cause of your bad teeth, several treatments can be applied, often all at once, to provide you with a smile makeover that corrects and targets every problem, from decaying teeth to overcrowding. Patient worried about the extent of work can put their minds at ease. We work with cosmetic treatments like veneers, which can help you to avoid several procedures. And as cosmetic dentistry is unavailable via the NHS, do not let this put you off. There are several affordable treatments like composite veneers and bonding to improve the look of your smile, all of which are also financeable so you can achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of having.

Health problems caused by bad teeth

Rotten teeth “bad teeth” or rotten teeth can have several effects on the body, let alone the foundation of your oral health. Studies on the effects of poor dental hygiene on the body have made connections to conditions like heart disease, diabetes, dementia, cancer and respiratory infections.

Bad teeth meaning

Rather amusingly, the French have a term for buck teeth called ‘dents a l’anglaise,’ which means ‘English teeth.’ We’re notoriously known for bad teeth. That said, bad teeth tend to relate to teeth affected by decay or plaque build-up, which causes problems like dental caries, gum disease, and abscesses. But in modern terms, it has extended as a definition for several smile problems like overcrowding, crooked teeth, overbites, rotten teeth, and so much more.

Symptoms to spot

Bad teeth symptoms

Without treatment, bad teeth can cause several oral health issues, such as:

  • Tooth decay signs like cavities
  • Cracks and holes in teeth
  • Sticky film bacteria called plaque
  • Tartar build-up causing gum disease
  • Grey, brown or black spots appearing on teeth
  • Bad breath and an unpleasant taste in the mouth

Addressing the root cause

As experienced restorative dentists, we know that cosmetic dentistry is only long-lasting when paired with dental treatments that look after the oral foundation. When working with restorative treatments like dental implants, we will ensure the underlying gums and bones are healthy enough to withstand your restoration and prevent it from failing. If you’re suffering from rotten or bad teeth, addressing the root cause is always the first step in preventing further decay and infection of your natural teeth.

What to do if all teeth are rotten?

It’s not the end if all of your teeth are rotten, it might, however, be an expensive fix, depending on the severity and the amount of dental work required to restore the look and function of your smile. For example, common dental treatments to repair rotten teeth include fillings, crowns, root canals, extractions and dental implants to replace missing teeth. But there are also cosmetic procedures you can consider to improve the aesthetics of yellow, gapped and small teeth.

“Studies have shown that mental health and oral health may be correlated, with associations demonstrated between mental health problems and tooth loss, periodontal disease, and tooth decay.” National Library of Medicine