Four Ways To Deal With Tooth Decay
Something looks different about your smile, you think.
You look a little closer in the mirror. Ah, you’ve got something stuck in your teeth. You try to wipe it away with your tongue, but nothing happens.
You get a paper towel and wipe again, but it’s still there.
You have a cavity. You haven’t had a cavity in years. You are a little embarrassed, but you also know exactly what to do.
You call Hubbard & Leath Dental to make an appointment as soon as you can. You know their team will remove the tooth decay and restore your tooth in no time.
Dealing With Tooth Decay
We all know it’s possible, but most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about cavities until we have one.
The good news is there’s no need to panic if you do notice signs of tooth decay. Our dentists are happy to help patients from Rochester Hills, MI, and surrounding areas like Troy, Auburn Hills, or anywhere in between.
With that in mind, here are four ways you can deal with your cavity.
▸ 1. Don’t Get Any Cavities
This is the preference of dentists and patients alike. (We didn’t take a survey or anything, but we feel fairly confident that this is accurate.)
The best way to prevent cavities is preventive care. This includes routine visits to the dentist for professional cleanings, but it largely depends on having a consistent dental hygiene routine.
We encourage you to follow the American Dental Association’s recommendations. You should scrub your teeth on all sides for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush twice every day.
Also, remember to clean between your teeth and under your gumline at least once per day. You can use dental floss, flossers, or water irrigators to do the job. The important thing is that you do this every day.
Brushing and flossing remove bacteria and plaque, and that reduces your risk of developing cavities.
▸ 2. Get A Filling
Unfortunately, bacteria are opportunists. If you give them a small opening to eat into your tooth, they will take advantage of it.
At our office, we use tooth-colored fillings for our patients. This way, we can remove the decay from their tooth, then fill the opening with a composite resin.
This kind of filling more closely matches the color of your teeth, which makes it less likely that your filling will be a distraction when you are talking or smiling.
Plus, the resin restores the shape of your tooth and seals that part of the tooth to protect against new cavities.
▸ 3. Get A Dental Crown
This may seem like overkill, but it won’t be if you wait too long to do something about your cavity.
Dental fillings work for most situations, but larger cavities require a different solution.
When the cavity has weakened much of your tooth, we will remove the decayed portions. Then we will create an abutment from the healthy parts of your tooth. This abutment will support the dental crown.
Our crowns are made of porcelain. We use this for a few reasons.
First and foremost, porcelain is strong and sturdy, so it will help you maintain the full function of your natural tooth.
Second, porcelain closely resembles the appearance of real teeth, which allows it to blend in with the rest of your smile.
And third, dental crowns provide protection by covering the healthy parts of your teeth.
▸ 4. Get A Root Canal
If it comes to this, then you really waited a long time to deal with your tooth decay.
In order for your “cavity” to come to this, you have to wait for some time. Bacteria has to eat through your enamel (the protective outer layer of your teeth) and the softer dentin underneath in order to reach the pulp chamber.
If the bacteria gets this far, it can cause the pulp (a soft connective tissue) to become inflamed. You likely will notice increased tooth sensitivity and other pains at this point.
Fortunately, root canal procedures are practically pain-free. Many patients who have received them consider the treatment to be more like an extended filling.
Take Care Of Your Teeth
If you want to keep your teeth, then it’s important that you take the steps to prevent cavities. By acting quickly to remove tooth decay, your treatment is much more likely to be successful.
Hubbard & Leath Dental wants you to keep your teeth, too. Fill out our online form or call [phome] to make an appointment at our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI.
Don’t let a cavity rob you of your smile!