The reason why modern dental treatment is so effective is because it is more precise than it has ever been in the past. Using advanced diagnostic equipment, modern dental materials, and treatment techniques, most dental health issues can be effectively treated. In the case of tooth decay, the most common dental health issue, this means that treatment can entail different treatment at different stages. Treating decay at earlier stages can prevent it from progressing into the later stages.
Early Tooth Decay
Tooth decay can lead to cavities by causing the slow erosion of your teeth’s protective enamel. When harmful oral bacteria in your mouth metabolizes sugar or carbohydrates, they become converted into acids that weaken enamel. Preventing tooth decay relies on keeping your teeth consistently bacteria-free by brushing and flossing twice a day and regular professional cleanings at least twice a year. Checkups allow for your dentist to spot early signs of tooth decay, possibly in time to reverse it.
Treating a Cavity
When tooth decay develops, it can create a hole in your tooth as it erodes your enamel. The larger the cavity grows, the weaker it makes your tooth becomes and the greater the risk to the rest of your oral health. To treat a cavity, a filling may be done with biocompatible, tooth-colored composite resin, which blends in with your tooth for optimal results. During a filling, the tooth will be disinfected before it is filled. This stops the decay from developing, while also protecting the tooth from further damage.
Once It Affects the Inner Chamber
In advanced stages of tooth decay, it can spread from the cavity in the tooth’s main structure into the soft tissues of the pulp and root canal. This can lead to severe discomfort, pain, inflammation, and infection. Root canal treatment is the process of removing the decayed tooth structure and tissues to restore the tooth’s strength and integrity by sealing the root canal and pulp chamber. This often the last chance to save a tooth from a necessary extraction.
Tooth Decay Should Not Be Ignored at Any Stage
Treating tooth decay is important to your oral health. To schedule a consultation with your dentist, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.