Most people ignore the small but sensitive oral care and hygiene routines. This can lead to loss of self-esteem due to the concern for an imperfect smile. When not treated in time, tooth decay can cause lots of trouble, making your tooth vulnerable to many diseases.
At D.A. Dental, we have an experienced team of dentists who use state-of-the-art equipment that will help them detect tooth decay and other issues at the earliest stage possible. Our dentists are well-trained and will always prioritize our patients’ welfare responding fast and in a reputable way.
What is Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay refers to damage on the tooth surface that leads to openings or small holes developing. Tooth decay is mainly caused by poor oral hygiene. It is a prevalent dental health issue that is prominent in both adults and children.
What Are the Causes of Tooth Decay?
Acids from bacteria found in the mouth are the leading cause of tooth decay. Failure to follow proper oral care and hygiene or not to produce enough saliva can lead to a pile-up of bacteria on the teeth, forming plaque.
Consumption of drinks and foods containing high sugar and carbohydrate levels will create a suitable habitat for bacteria. Acids from these sugary foods will attack and wear down the enamel leading to the formation of cavities.
What is the Tooth Decay Treatment Procedure?
There are different tooth decay treatments, with the preferred treatment type determined by the degree of tooth decay. The most common treatment method is the use of fluoride. Fluoride treatment will help in the restoration of the tooth enamel. It is a more reliable treatment method than fluoride in mouthwash or toothpaste. Our dentists will use dental filling when tooth decay is past the initial stage.
Dental fillings are artificial substances used to fill holes in the enamel. Dentists will use crowns when there is severe tooth decay and the tooth is wholly weakened. Crowns are custom-fitted covers used in place of the tooth's natural crown. If the tooth decay has reached the tooth pulp, you will need a root canal. The infected tooth will be removed and replaced with a filling.
A tooth extraction will be performed when the tooth is decayed beyond repair. A dental implant or a bridge can be used after tooth extraction.
Despite the wide variety of tooth decay treatment methods, dentists advise using prevention as the best method for tooth decay. Ensure you brush and floss regularly, along with having regular dental examinations.
Is Tooth Decay Treatment Painful?
Our dentist will first use a local anesthetic to numb the area before embarking on a tooth decay treatment procedure. However, you may feel discomfort, but over-the-counter medications will greatly help.
Although regular brushing and flossing will help prevent tooth decay, you should go for dental checkups frequently. At D.A. Dental, we have experienced dentists who will detect tooth decay at its initial stages during dental examinations. Call us today at (774) 374-8295 to schedule an appointment or get a personalized quote.