These photos depict several common and not so common oral conditions. Do NOT use these photos to diagnose any conditions yourself, since MANY different conditions and diseases appear the same!
|These photos range from images of a tooth which has died (necrotic) to hyperkeratosis of the cheek due to cheek biting. These images are for informational purposes only and may not be used to self-diagnose other conditions. Disclaimer||
|Fistula (visible sign of abscess)
This image depicts a 'fistula', or drainage site of an abscessed tooth. Fistulas typically grow and shrink in size and if left untreated, may lead to more extensive infection.
|Cheek Biting (Morsicatio Buccarum)
This image depicts the inside cheek of a patient who has been biting her cheek for many years. This white excess tissue is quite common in many individuals. However, it can indicate other conditions as well and should be checked regularly by a dentist.
Necrotic Tooth - a tooth which has died
Though many teeth which die do NOT discolore, the dark purple area of this premolar indicates that the pulp of the tooth has died, likely due to a cavity or other trauma. Such a tooth needs root canal or other treatment in a timely manner to prevent extensive infection and abscess. Once a tooth has died, it tends to become brittle and will eventually break down without proper treatment from your dentist. Since the tooth has died, it may not feel sensitive to the patient and is often ignored. As a dentist, I routinely see patients who have broken off the entire crown of a necrotic tooth! Though the tooth may still be saved (ie- see our Cosmetic Dentistry page) after it has broken off, it may also need to be extracted.
The dark shadow around the root of this tooth indicates a tooth abscess or infection
Please visit our Cosmetic Dentistry web page for more before and after photos of actual treatments...
I look forward to addressing your immediate and future dental needs and answering any questions you might have.
Ethan Janson DDS
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