Tooth decay affects patients of all ages and can be prevented with good oral hygiene and routine dentist visits.
In recent years the consumption of sugar in American diets has skyrocketed. The increase in refined sugars has resulted in a steady incline of associated health risks. Tooth decay is on the rise and sugar, poor oral hygiene, and a lack of proactive routine dental exams may be at fault. Patients who are more prone to tooth decay are also more likely to develop gum disease, experience tooth loss, and other more complex dental issues.
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria entering the inner layers of the tooth. Bacteria feed on plaque and tartar and leave behind an acidic by-product. This byproduct weakens and eventually cracks the tooth enamel allowing bacteria to enter the tooth. Decay is progressive and is best treated if caught early. Routine dental health exams can allow your dentist to spot the signs of developing decay early.
Solberg & Miller Dentistry provides dental fillings in Altamonte Springs FL for tooth cavities, decay and damage.
Minor to moderate tooth decay can be treated with a routine dental filling. We also offer treatments for more advanced decay, or tooth decay that has compromised the integrity of the structure of the tooth.
Dental Filling: The most common solution for tooth cavities. A dental filling can be given if the tooth decay has not yet reached the root. It’s always a good idea to get a dental filling as soon as possible. You will be avoiding costly procedures down the road and saving your natural tooth.
Dental Inlays and Onlays: These dental restorations are for tooth decay that is severe enough that a filling alone won’t protect the tooth. Although, they do not replace a root canal procedure. Dental onlays and inlays cover a significant portion of the top of a tooth.
Root Canal: If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, you might need to get a root canal. This means that an infection has reached the roots of your tooth from the inside. One the infection has a hold on your roots, there is little that a basic tooth filling can do. Without a root canal, you are at risk of loosing your tooth.
Dental Crowns: This restoration typically follows a root canal. If you need a root canal, that means a significant portion of tooth decay will need to be removed. This leaves the natural tooth more vulnerable and sensitive. A dental crown will cover the top and sides of your tooth, protecting it from further infection.
Tooth Extraction: This is our last resort. If the tooth decay is too severe to save your natural tooth, we will recommend a tooth extraction. If it’s a primary tooth, or a tooth in the smile zone, we can replace it with a dental implant.
Cavity Prevention: Improving Oral Hygiene
Routine dental health exams are necessary to help reduce the risk of cavities. Biannual dental cleanings help break up and remove plaque and tartar buildup and promote overall healthier smiles.
Improving your oral hygiene techniques can help prevent tooth decay. Your dentist can provide you with a personalized recommendation based on your needs at your next routine exam. Your dentist can help you choose products that will benefit your teeth and gums and give you some tips on how to reach those hard to get spots. Watch these informative videos on the recommend way to brush and floss your teeth.