Have you been thinking about tooth decay lately? If you’re someone who has experienced one or multiple cavities, then you have good reason to give this dental issue some serious thought. The good news is that with daily dedication to keeping your smile in excellent health, you can usually avoid the development of cavities. In addition, if a cavity does occur, we provide patients with gorgeous tooth-colored fillings that restore oral health, while leaving your smile looking natural and cosmetically sound.
Questions and Answers About Tooth Decay
Question: Why do I need a filling? I don’t mind having a small opening in my tooth, particularly if it doesn’t hurt.
Answer: The reason you need to fill the cavity is that tooth decay is a progressive oral disease. It will continue breaking down your tooth tissue until you allow us to remove the decay and fill the opening. Unfortunately, ignoring the need for treatment means you may eventually develop discomfort, an infection, or your tooth may become too damaged, resulting in an extraction.
Question: Why do I suffer from tooth decay? Am I doing something wrong?
Answer: Most people you meet will experience tooth decay eventually, so you can rest assured that it is quite common. Humans have plaque in their mouths, which sticks to teeth on a daily basis. This plaque is rich with bacteria, which result in an acid environment that attacks your tooth tissue. When neglected, the plaque accumulates and you develop a cavity. Fortunately, you can control plaque (and tooth decay) with committed preventive care both at home and with professional preventive visits.
Question: Is a dental filling the only way you can treat tooth decay?
Answer: No. In the very earliest stages of tooth decay, we may be able to discuss ways to remineralize your tooth (such as with fluoride). For severe tooth decay, we may replace missing tissue with an inlay or onlay, or cover your tooth with a dental crown.
ABOUT YOUR TYLER, TX, DENTISTS:
At DentaCare Dental in Tyler, TX, we focus on advanced technology, education, and comfort to offer every patient a pleasant experience and excellent dental care. To schedule a consultation, call our Tyler, TX, office today at (903) 215-8223. For optimal convenience, we also serve patients at our other location in Longview, TX.