An infected tooth typically requires root canal treatment to remove the source of the infection. An abscessed tooth indicates that the infection has progressed and affected the bone and the gums. Your dentist will likely prescribe an antibiotic to bring down some of the infection first before treating the tooth. You do not want to delay treatment as the infection continues to damage the bone around the tooth.
Flossing inflamed gums may result in bleeding and soreness of the gums, but it should improve with time.
I would recommend an examination with a dentist to make sure there are no other underlying conditions that can be causing the bleeding and painful gums.
Restorations on teeth are subject to so many elements in the mouth. Composite resin restorations are the most commonly used restorative materials on teeth. They are bonded to teeth and over time, the bonding breaks down and deteriorates, allowing for entry of bacteria between the composite and the tooth. This results in the staining that we see around restorations.
The average life span of composite resin restorations on teeth are between 8-15 years depending on many variables such as your oral hygiene and salivary make up. Some patients finds that their restorations require replacement more frequently as a result.
Some restorations can be polished to prolong the time before it requires replacement. Depending on the size and extent of the restoration, a veneer or a crown on a tooth may provide a more definitive restoration for the tooth. But even then, a veneer or a crown may also require replacement in the future.
The most important and best thing one can do is good oral home care and regular maintenance dental appointments for prevention.
Over time, wear on the teeth may cause the point to become less prominent.
It is natural to see wear on teeth over time just due to wear and tear. However, the wear can be accelerated due to parafunctional habits such as clenching and/or grinding of teeth.
If you are aware of possible clenching or grinding, especially during the night, ask your dentist about a nightguard to protect your teeth!
It is normal to experience sensitivity to temperatures after a filling is done as any work on a tooth can cause irritation to the nerve. However, the sensitivity to temperatures should subside with time and should not worsen. If the sensitivity is getting worse, go see your dentist.
Sometimes you may experience sensitivity to biting. This is typically an indication that the filling requires an adjustment by the dentist. This can happen especially if you were anesthetized for the procedure as it is difficult to know whether you are biting down the way you normally do when the bite is checked.
Go back to your dentist if this is the case. The adjustment is easy and quickly resolves the sensitivity on the tooth.