Tooth Decay (Cavity) – The Dangerous Mysteries
Many people think of it as teeth problems like teeth and never see them as a threat to life, which could be the case. The prevention of tooth decay is simple through the use of brushing and flossing, followed by regular dental visits. To avoid tooth decay, you should limit the amount of sugar and candy drinks you consume between brushing. Dental caries is caused by bacteria that live in your mouth. The bacterium absorbs sugar, turns it into a damaging acid, interrupts the enamel of the teeth and causes tooth decay. Once tooth decay begins, an infection can begin to cause a toothache or jaw pain. It is imperative that tooth decay is treated as soon as possible to avoid more expensive procedures such as root canal root canal removal or tooth extraction.
Treatment for Tooth Decay
Fluoride: If your tooth decay is detected in early stages and is minimal, professional fluoride treatments may be utilized to strengthen your tooth enamel.
Fillings: For moderate tooth decay, the dental
caries may be removed from the tooth structure and a filling bonded to the
tooth to restore the appearance and function.
Crowns: When the tooth has been significantly damaged to the point where there is insufficient tooth structure to support a filling, a crown may be placed over the tooth to protect it from the impact from chewing and grinding.
Root Canals: If the decay infects the root of your tooth, the root will be removed and a crown will be placed.
Tooth Extraction: In the event of extreme decay, toothextraction may be performed, but is considered when all other alternatives have been found to be unsuccessful. Our Board Certified Periodontist will help you replace your teeth with dental implants in the event if you were to lose your tooth to the decay.