Tooth Decay (Cavity) – The Dangerous Mysteries
Cavities Can Kill
Many people think of them as just teeth and never see them as life threatening, which could be the case. Preventing tooth decay is simple through the use of proper brushing and flossing, followed by regular dental visits. To avoid tooth decay you should limit the amount of sugar filled drinks and sweets you consume between brushing. Tooth decay is cause by bacteria that lives in your mouth. The bacteria absorbs the sugar, convert it to an acid which intern breaks down the enamel on your teeth and causes tooth decay. Once tooth decay begins an infection can begin causing a toothache or pain in the jaw. It is imperative that tooth decay be treated as soon quickly as possible to avoid more costly procedures like a root canal 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, tooth extraction 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.