What Causes Tooth Decay?
Tooth plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums. It is made up of millions of bacteria that feed on the sugars and carbohydrates in the food we eat and drink. Over time, this acid that forms when we eat these foods, can dissolve the hard outer surface of the teeth, called the enamel, causing tooth decay and cavities to form. This can then progress to the softer, inner layer of the tooth known as the dentin.
If tooth decay is detected early, it can usually be treated with a simple filling. In more advanced cases, a crown or root canal treatment may be necessary.
In severe cases, tooth decay symptoms can include infection, abscesses, and tooth loss. To avoid these complications, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Regular dental check-ups With Sunshine Boulevard will help detect tooth decay early, allowing for prompt and effective treatment.
Let’s Look at Tooth Decay Treatments
We can treat tooth decay through a variety of procedures, depending on the severity of the decay. We will always sit down and discuss your individual case and our suggested solutions with you so you have all the information to be comfortable with your treatment.
Fillings:If the decay is caught early, we can place a filling in the affected tooth. We will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the cavity.
Crowns:If the decay is more advanced, a crown may be necessary. A crown is a cap that fits over the affected tooth, restoring its shape and function. Crowns can be made of materials such as porcelain, metal, or ceramic.
Root canal treatment:If the decay has reached the inner layer of the tooth, known as the pulp, a root canal may be necessary. During a root canal, we remove the infected pulp and seal the tooth to prevent further infection.
Extractions:In severe cases, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and abscesses, and may lead to the need for tooth extraction. If a tooth cannot be saved, the dentist may remove it and replace it with a dental implant, bridge, or denture.
In addition to these treatments, we use fluoride treatments and other preventative measures to help prevent tooth decay from recurring.
It is important to seek treatment for tooth decay as soon as possible to avoid more serious dental problems and to preserve the health and function of the affected tooth. Regular dental check-ups can help to detect decay early, allowing for prompt and effective treatment, but also can help you understand tooth decay causes and how to avoid them.